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Welcome to Greville Smyth Community Bowls Club,

Welcome to Greville Smyth Community Bowls Club

About the club, courts available and more...

Welcome to Greville Smyth Community Bowls Booking System. At this time only members may make bookings, although non-members may play with a member.

To make a booking, please ensure you are logged in, by entering your details at the top of the screen. Then click on a rink listed on the right hand side of this page under the 'Our Courts' heading.

This is the online booking system that we have put in place in the light of COVID 19 guidelines issued by Bowls England. Please see the news item below for the guidelines issued by Bowls England.

Any questions please contact the club at [email protected]

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25/06/20 // 6 per rink

Due to changes in government guidelines, we now allow six player per rink, and only one player per rink needs to be a member. Social distancing must still be maintained unless in the same household. This is 2m up to the 4th July, and 1m after.

17/05/20 // Covid-19: Supplementary Guidance for Lawn Bowls Clubs

The following is lifted from the Bowls England Website. Approved by Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – May 14th 2020 COVID-19: SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS Issued: 14th May 2020 The physical and mental wellbeing of our bowls community is of paramount importance. Bowls England wants to support those clubs that wish to reopen and members who would like to play, to do so safely and in accordance with Government guidance. The Government this week announced that facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including lawn bowls, may now reopen. Government guidance released on 13th May 2020 states: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.” The guidance we have developed below supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls. It is a live document and will be updated if advice changes and we continue to actively seek the latest advice from Government. Individual clubs must decide whether they wish to reopen having taken into account Government advice. This guidance document contains the following Sections: 1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action 2. Players – Summary of Recommended Action 3. Frequently Asked Questions 4. Back2Bowls 5. Additional Information If you have any questions, please e-mail: [email protected] We are here to help and we will endeavour to respond within three working days. We hope you all stay healthy and that we all get through these challenging times by looking to help each other where we can. The coming weeks and months may also provide an opportunity for you to encourage members of your own household, who currently don’t play, to give bowls a try – clubs are reminded to ensure that any activity by non-members is in accordance with their insurers. Meanwhile, keep safe, take care, look after yourself and, when you do return to the green, enjoy your bowls. Stay alert, control the virus, save lives. 1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action Bowls England recommends that all clubs follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary for your club, so long as it remains consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements): Play arrangements • Off-site booking system for rink allocation (i.e. Google Calendar) • Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely • Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club – for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot • Only play on alternate rinks e.g. 1, 3, 5 OR 2, 4, 6 (keep an empty rink between rinks that are being played on) • Maximum of six players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household). Clubs may wish to increase this number if more than two people from the same household are to participate on the same rink. • No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club • Capping the number of occasions a player can book a rink each week to ensure that the available capacity is distributed fairly Playing Formats The following playing formats are in accordance with Government guidelines: • Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink • Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no marker) • Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household) Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times. Clubhouse and Facilities • Until further notice, all clubhouses must be closed • Limited essential access (for example to use the toilets and hand washing facilities) may be allowed by the club • Sanitiser must be available for cleaning hands and equipment before and after playing • No rubbish bins – players must take any rubbish away with them Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times. Equipment To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be utilised during any session: • Mat • Bowls • Jack • Rink markers • Gloves • Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required) • Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required) To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should not be utilised. This includes: • Scoreboards • Bowls pushers • Ditch markers • 2m distance sticks • Chalk 2. Players – Summary of Recommended Actions Bowls England recommends that all players follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary to meet individual needs, so long as they remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements): In advance • Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. Use the NHS 111 website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about selfisolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups • Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game • Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time. Personal care • Avoid using toilets at the club wherever possible and clean anything you have touched after use • Take any food or drink you might need with you • Wash or sanitise your hands and sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitised the equipment thoroughly • Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use Playing the game • You should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, with one other person from outside your household. Groups of more than two people must all be from the same household. This means you cannot have two or three people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing together. • Do not shake hands before, during or after a game • Do not ‘high-five‘ OR ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win • Only one player should handle the mat during the session • Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and this should be set by one player only throughout the session • If scoring: o Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times o Do not touch your opponents’ bowls with your hands o Avoid measuring for shot/s When you leave • When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable)

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