Club Crisis Fund
Bowls Scotland is pleased to launch a third round of the Club Crisis Fund to provide support to clubs that find themselves in financial difficulties as a direct result of COVID-19. Clubs can apply for £500 or £1000 to help stabilise and manage cash flows as we progress out of the COVID pandemic.
The Club Crisis Fund is open to all our affiliated clubs, however we will prioritise:
- Clubs with low levels of cash reserves
- Clubs at risk of losing their facilities
- Clubs ineligible or unsuccessful in receiving external grant funding
- Clubs in areas of high social deprivation
To ensure the clubs who are in most need of financial support and to help us assess if your club meets the criteria for application, please submit the Bowls Scotland Club Crisis Fund Note of Interest Form to your National Development Officer:
The form can be downloaded here and the deadline for submissions is Friday 21st May at 5pm.
2021 Return to the Green COVID-19 Guidance
Bowls Scotland continues to fully support and follow the Scottish Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, including ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all members of Bowls Scotland. Lawn Bowling can be undertaken, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing, and hygiene – clubs need to ensure that members/players, volunteers, and visitors are fully aware and can adapt to changes in guidance at short notice.
Working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, sportscotland and our members, we have produced guidance for clubs in line with Scottish Government guidance on sport and physical activity. This guidance is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach as we appreciate bowling facilities vary across Scotland and as such individual bowling clubs should risk assess appropriately to ensure these procedures can be implemented.
This guidance will be subject to review should the Scottish Government issue further advice and updates. We would encourage you to read through all the guidance and supporting information thoroughly.
Click here to view the Bowls Scotland Getting Back on the Green COVID-19 Guidance.
Click here to view the Bowls Scotland Getting Back on the Green Overview Summary.
Click here to view COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).
Last update: Monday 26th April 2021
COVID-19 Club Resources
Bowls Scotland is committed to supporting clubs on the journey to post-COVID recovery. We have produced a number of resources that are free for clubs to download and use throughout the 2021 season.
sportscotland have also produced some great advice and resources on getting facilities ready for sport. To view this information, please visit: https://sportscotland.org.uk/covid-19/getting-your-facilities-fit-for-sport/
If your club is looking for any further support or resources, please get in touch with your National Development Officer:
To view our example electronic booking system, click here.
To view our example club posters, click here.
To view our player & coach safety infographic, click here.
To order Bowls Scotland branded face masks, click here.
To view the process for if someone at your club tests positive for COVID-19, click here.
To view our Club & Association AGM guidance, click here.
To view green maintenance guidance, click here.
To view Sports Turf Services' green maintenance hints & tips, click here.
To view our recommendations for playing short mat/carpet bowls, click here.
As part of our COVID Return to the Green, clubs are now required to appoint a named COVID Officer. Clubs who opened during 2020 will already have had someone in place and there might be more than one person responsible for COVID within the club. This essential role could be a new volunteer role or added to a current role within the club.
Please click here for the Covid-19 Officer Role Descriptor.
Funding and Support
Our recent COVID-19 2.0 Club Survey highlighted that finances and gaining much needed funding remained a challenge for clubs.
We have produced an information guide on current funders and other avenues of support as well as a handy hints & tips guide on cost saving measures in the winter months.
To view the different funding streams available to bowling clubs, please click here.
To view our effective cost saving hints & tips, please click here.
Our friends at Club Development Scotland have also produced a webinar for bowling clubs all about funding for your club. Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA-NrSVnczE