EIBA Update 23rd June 2020

EIBA Update
Government’s further easing of COVID-19 Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s statement earlier today on the next steps of easing the lockdown I wish to advise that unfortunately Indoor Bowls, along with other Indoor Sports and Gyms, were not included in the permitted activities. Therefore, Indoor Bowls Clubs are to remain closed.

The EIBA will continue to liaise with Sport England as they work closely with the Government to ensure that Indoor sports facilities can open as soon as possible.

In addition, we will be studying the Government’s guidance, when published, relating to the new social distancing of 1 metre plus, so that we can update our ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ document in order for Clubs to continue making appropriate preparations for when the sport can re-commence.

As soon as we have further information in these matters, we will update our affiliated Clubs and County Associations.

Yours sincerely

Peter Thompson
Chief Executive

Updated 23rd June 2020


Mens Dorset 60+ League Fixtures 2020 / 21

The Mens Dorset 60+ League Fixtures for 2020 / 21 have been produced, and are updated on the website.

Bournemouth and Bridport B withdrew last season, space has been left should they wish to re-join.

At this time, we do not know if the matches will start as scheduled, the website will be updated with any news.


Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club Celebrates 35 Years

The Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club, have created a 35th Anniversary Booklet in celebration of its construction in March 1985, development, growth and achievements over those 35 years.

This booklet can be viewed here


clicking on the link will open the Booklet.

Well done to DIBC, a fine publication.

If any other Dorset Clubs have similar creations and would like them added to the County Website, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required


EIBA Update 29th May 2020


As we are still dealing with the COVID-19 situation, but with the encouraging start of an easing of the National Lockdown, the EIBA would like to update its affiliated Clubs, Counties and indoor bowlers on various matters.

2020-2021 National Winter Competitions

The EIBA, based on the current position are still planning that its National Winter Competitions will commence in the Autumn of 2020.

As such we wish to remind all Clubs, County Associations and individuals who still wish to make an entry you can still do so until the amended closing date of Sunday 7th June 2020.

An individual entry form is available to be downloaded from our website and this can be emailed to Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required 

Clubs can also email Claire if they need to obtain Club entry forms, due to being unable to access forms which are in the Club.

2019-2020 Re-scheduled National Finals

The EIBA are still hopeful that the postponed National Finals will be able to take place towards end of September to early October 2020.

However, due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months it would have been inappropriate to release details of the plans.

Now that there has been a gradual easing of restrictions and a road map for further easing and the possible return of Indoor sporting activities in the 3rd phase, the EIBA would be hopeful that details can start to be published over the next few weeks.

We are sure the competitors involved will understand that we are wanting more certainty that the finals can be played safely and that travel and accommodation for competitors are permitted.

Preparing for the return of Indoor Bowls

Whilst all Indoor Clubs continue to be closed, there are indications that if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve as the phases of the lockdown easing are implemented, this position hopefully can change.

In advance of this we will be issuing a guidance document to all affiliated clubs to help them start to make plans for how they can prepare to open, complying with the current self-distancing and hygiene directives, when permitted by the Government.

Updated 29th May 2020

Mens Purbeck Trophy Fixtures 2020 / 21

The Mens Purbeck Trophy Fixtures for 2020/21 are now published on the website.

At this stage we have no idea if they will start as planned, or not, but will update the website once more information is available.

Mens County Friendlies 2020 / 21

The fixtures list for the Mens County Friendlies 2020/21 is now available to view on the website.

At the moment we have no idea if the fixtures will be played, but the dates are agreed as detailed.

New Records Tab re Historical Data

Although this is still being completed / updated, there is now a page which shows Historical Records across many aspects of the County at both Club and Individual levels, from Past County Fixtures / Results, Past Competition Winners, National and International Honours and Past Officers.

You will also notice on some current season pages i.e. Mens Singles Competition, that there is a direct link to the relevant Historical Records, in the top right hand corner.  This option is now available on many pages where History is available.

Please have a look, and if you can add any more data, go back to earlier years, or fill in a couple of the blanks, please contact the website Administrators at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Also, if you have any photo’s to go with these records, or any others that might be of interest, past or present, please forward to email hidden; JavaScript is required, as we are looking to set up a Gallery page.

Summer Open League (Mixed) Cancelled for 2020

Hi everyone,

Due to the ongoing situation a couple of clubs have decided not to set up any fixtures for this years competition.

I can see their point of view so with that in mind I have decided to call off the competition this Summer.

I hope things will get better soon.

For those clubs that have paid Alan Hardy then we can arrange a rebate or we can retain it until next year. Please speak to Alan if you want your money back.

Best regards

Malcolm Smith

EIBA National Competitions 2020 / 21 Update

EIBA National Competitions update

The EIBA Board of Directors met on Wednesday 18th March to discuss plans for the 2020-2021 Indoor Season and the affected 2019 – 2020 season.

It has agreed to the following: –

2020 – 2021 National Competition Entries

The EIBA are planning that the 2020-21 Indoor Season will commence as scheduled. Therefore, we will be accepting entries for Club, County and Individual National Competitions over the next few months, as scheduled.

Due to the entry forms being issued in February and Clubs being temporarily or permanently closed until the new season, we will be accepting entries via the following options: –


Clubs and Counties who have already started to complete the entry forms and can access them can proceed as instructed on the form.

If the Clubs and Counties can’t access the original forms then please email Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Clubs who have not been able to play their Club Singles final, can still enter the Champion of Champions without the name. We will be allowing as much time in September / October for Finals to be played and names to be supplied before the first round of the event.

Individual members of affiliated clubs, which are now closed, will be able to enter and pay directly with the EIBA, by downloading the forms from the website, and emailing them to Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required or post to Head Office.

Before the draws are published the EIBA will liaise with all Clubs to ensure there are no duplications of entry and that the eligibility criteria have been met.

The deadline for entries was Sunday 10th May 2020 but due to the current circumstances, entries will be accepted from now until Sunday 7th June 2020.

2019-2020 National Finals Re-schedule

These competitions, under the assumption that we will be returning to business as usual, will be played later this year.

The period identified is Monday 14th September to Monday 12th October.

The allocation of specific dates for competitions along with the venues is now being undertaken and we will be announcing the schedule late April 2020.

2020 Summer Individual and Fantastic Fives National Competitions

With Clubs being closed the EIBA has taken the decision to cancel this Year’s Summer National Competitions.

These Competitions are planned to take place in Summer 2021, so the EIBA would offer all entrants the opportunity to carry this year’s entry over to next. However, if they wish to request a full refund then please email Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required to start this process.

In reaching these decisions the EIBA wishes to advise that it will be continuing to monitor the Government’s guidance and or directives in relation to COVID-19 and if necessary, update its Member Clubs, Counties and bowling community.

Updated 20th March 2020


Mens County Finals Cancelled

As of Mon 16th March 2020, the Dolphin IBC closed with immediate effect and until further notice, in response to the current Coronavirus situation.

Mens County Finals on 29th March will not take place.

When life returns to normal, we will consider how to proceed.