We want to see yours…

As we are approaching what would’ve been our opening days for 2020 we would like to keep the great spirit of bowls at the forefront of our minds.

Only where it is absolutely safe to do so, and whilst always observing the government’s social distancing guidance (we recommended no more than 2 people)

We would like to see your clubs flag being unfurled and flying high. Post us a picture on social media using the hashtag #FlyTheFlagForBowls and tag the bowling league account.

If you do not have social media please email secretary@edinburghbowlingleague.com so we can create a page with all of our #EBLFamily

We look forward to seeing all these and creating a gallery page.

Cup Structure

As the EBL is committed to promotion of bowls we love to see all club participation and new clubs winning tournaments. At a recent conference call meeting (all staying in and safe) it was decided that we combine the Edinburgh Cup and Plate tournaments, however it will be a seeded handicap tournament. We will seed your club, and the top 1-22 clubs will play 2-bowl triples whilst playing against a club seeded between 22-44 playing with 2-bowl rinks.
We feel this presents challenges to both competing sides and to all seeds. We feel this will spark the interest when we all get back on out bowling greens.

Coronavirus Joint Statement

Edinburgh Bowling League & Edinburgh and Leith Bowling Association

Dear Member Clubs,

We have waited to provide our advice and guidance regarding the Coronavirus and impact on our sport and individual family lives until we had a greater picture from all available sources and feel that the time is now to present our position.

You are all more than aware that these are completely unprecedented times and a situation that we all face with a great deal of uncertainty and instability. That said, we believe that by enforcing the bonds we share within our sporting fraternity, we can help and guide each other through this period.

As we stated, we have drawn on several advisory bodies including Bowls Scotland, Government and Local Authority and the honest realisation is that there is no likelihood of bowling taking place this season. We fully appreciate this devastating position; however, this is done in the very best of interest to protect us all and keep each other safe. 

As you know, the EBL and E&LBA committees are now conducting joint meetings to progress our future plans for a joint association, Edinburgh Bowling Association and we will still progress with this over the course of the year and provide you with updates when we have them.

With this said, we held a conference call on Monday 23rd March 2020 and jointly agreed the following with immediate effect:

  1. The EBL and E&LBA bowling season 2020 is now cancelled in its entirety. We will continue to meet as detailed above. Should we see a shift in the current environment to allow bowling to operate again, we will endeavour to implement some form of reduced calendar, pending the timescales.
  2. The EBL and E&LBA will be returning this seasons fees to our member clubs. This will be done as soon as reasonably practical so please allow some patience for us to facilitate this.
  3. All Clubs that purchased tickets for the EBL Sportsman’s dinner will be refunded. Unfortunately, the EBL were unable to recover all costs, however, we feel it is only right that you our members do not suffer this unfortunate predicament and you will be fully reimbursed. Again, please allow some patience for us to facilitate this.

Considerations

We fully appreciate that there will significant be financial pressure on our member clubs this season, some more than others and whilst we have no say or control over decisions made by our clubs, we urge you, where financially possible, to maintain your greens. The impact of the Coronavirus will impact on us all this season; however, your green will suffer, potentially at a greater expense or possibly beyond repair if they are not treated and maintained. We urge you to take this into serious consideration and suggest that you consult your green contractors to see what can be scaled down.

Some clubs have taken the decision to sell stock to club members at supermarket prices to allow some form of income to offset the original purchases. This appears to be a common-sense approach, however, please ensure that it is being done in some form of pre-order and pick up style basis rather than your club being fully opened for drop in purchases. It is a means to trying claw back some funds for the season rather than binning the out of date stock. Also, it would be useful to empty your beer lines to water to prevent contamination.

Should any club have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with either secretary.

Stay safe, stay in touch with each other and most importantly stay well.

Yours in Bowls

Robert White                 Colin Nichol

EBL Secretary                E&LBA Secretary

CANCELLED Sportsmans Dinner 2020

After assessing all advice available to us from the leading experts and Governments, it is with great reluctance that the EBL have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the Sportsmans dinner on Friday 20th March 2020.
This decision has not been taken lightly, we have had to carefully consider the wellbeing of all our guests, attendees and staff for the evening.

No new date has been set as we will need to monitor the ongoing situation in the coming weeks and months.  We will be in contact with all clubs who have purchased tickets in due course, as you can imagine this is a busy time for the committee dealing with this and we would request that you do not contact our Secretary individually, we will get in contact with your nominated club contact with further details.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish our members well and to keep up-to-date with all advice available.

We fully appreciate your support at this annual event, however, because we could not guarantee that anyone attending would be free from this virus as it could still be carried without symptoms and as such, the EBL can and will not take even the slightest of chance that one of our members could ultimately become ill from attending the event resulting in further consequences to their family and friends.

Yours in sport.
EBL Committee