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RETURN TO BOWLS
If you would like to return to competitive bowling and participate in the Open Pairs leagues which we hope to organise pro tem until we can reorganise and restart with a greater degree of certainty than is possible at the present time, then please let us know either by calling, texting, emailing or speaking with any of the committee or acting officials or you can simply fill in the 'RETURN TO BOWLING' form you can see here and we will do the rest.

Good morning everyone. Well at yesterday's committee meeting it was accepted that it will be some time before the Club can get back to the 'Old' normal. So we have the 'New' normal whatever that may be and whatever it may entail. We are, as a country, in an extremely volatile and fluid situation and the future of indoor bowling through the Autumn and Winter months this year will be unpredictable.

The EIBA guidelines have been taken on board by the Council and the Complex and they have reconfigured the green to allow for social distancing and put in place systems and procedures following both Government and EIBA guidelines to provide a Covid secure environment. All well and good but success at the end of the day is down to people respecting the need for these measures and complying.

So for a way forward initially, please come back and support the Club, support the Complex, organise yourselves, play casual bowls as much as you can, test the systems and procedures. All of this will be monitored and reviewed by both the Complex and ourselves as we build a comprehensive Covid secure case for reintroducing competitive bowls. We cannot simply walk back on the green as if nothing has or is happening.

The Club believes with compliance issues satisfied and goodwill on both sides it may be feasible to reintroduce some form of competitive bowls from the middle of September. First we need to know just how many members would be interested. Leagues formed would be pairs only and open and be played either in the afternoon or evening. All members will be canvassed for their views over the next 2 weeks when the Committee will asses the feedback and see what may be done.

Baby steps but it is essential we don't rush this. First and foremost support the club.

Please come back and play casual bowls - remember Great Oaks from Little Acorns grow.

The Sports Complex is open and bowls will be able to be played from tomorrow 30th July 2020 bookings are being taken now. To allow for social distancing the number of rinks has been reduced to three. Sessions will remain at 2 hours but there will be a 15 minute break between sessions to allow for exiting and entering the bowls hall. Sessions will run 12.00 till 2pm 2.15pm till 4.15pm 4.30pm till 6.30pm 6.45pm till 8.45pm More details are shown on the attached guide please read and please follow the rules. Initially games will be max pairs.

Blackpool Newton Hall, a club whose teams we have had many tussles on the green with over the years, will not be reopening after lockdown. More details here

EIBA latest guidance is issued and being worked on. It may hopefully provide a way back for competitive bowls. Meanwhile, when the Complex opens, casual bowls will be the order of the day max 4 people per rink book in advance and follow the Rules. There will be a Committee meeting on the 1st August to seek a way forward for the Club.

XXX Latest from the EIBA regarding National Championships season 2020/2021.

A Facebook Group has been set up here please join if you are able support the club and contribute to finding a safe way forward.

We are in close contact with the Council who are working towards reopening the bowls hall on a date yet to be announced. Guidance on numbers of people, bubbles and households ! ie who can and cannot play together ! are still awaited from the EIBA who have written to the relative Government department for clarification and believe me it is not straightforward. I have to say, at this point in time, it is really unlikely that the Club will return to 'Normal' running in September discussions are ongoing as to how and in what format it will be able to return. As soon as we have more information we will let you know keep checking here for the latest news.

XXX Latest from the EIBA regarding season 2020/2021 GUIDELINES 'Returning to Indoor Bowling' have been published and can be read here. These are provisional guidelines clarification is still being sought on how many people may play at the same time this of course is critical in a lot of ways. As soon as we are in a position to discuss a way forward with the Council we will do so meanwhile please read the guidelines.

XXX Latest from the EIBA regarding season 2020/2021. GOVERNMENT UPDATE - 10.07.20 In light of yesterday statement (Thursday 9th July) by Government regarding the reopening of indoor sports facilities, we will be reviewing the latest government guidance and information over the coming days. We will update our member clubs, county organisations and players as soon as we can.

XXX Latest from the EIBA regarding season 2020/2021.

XXX As previously stated we are in difficult and unprecedented times but we must press on as best we can. In light of not being able to hold our AGM and until such time as we are allowed to convene indoors then, with the consent of the incumbent Officers and the committee, Alan Cooper has taken on the role of Acting Chairman, Barry Attwood as Acting Secretary with Fred Edwards as Acting treasurer the committee remains in place. In light of todays announcement from the Government regarding the relaxation of lockdown measures which do not include the playing of indoor sports we will be urgently meeting to discuss and plan a way forward.

XXX Latest from the EIBA on 23rd June 2020 regarding season 2020/2021 can be found here

XXX We are in difficult and unprecedented times but all members please be aware that the Officials and the Committee are working hard behind the scenes to make sure the Club is in good standing and ready to spring back to life as soon as able. As soon as the Council gets the green light to plan the reopening of the Complex rest assured we will be making contact and contributing to the best of our ability to get bowls back on the scene. Obviously whatever the new normal will be we wait and see but the EIBA will be issuing guidance and we will make sure the Complex take whatever the National body have to say into account in their plan for reopening. We want to play but we also need to be safe. So watch this space, we will keep you all up to date with developments as soon as we have a better idea of what lies ahead.

XXX Latest from the EIBA regarding season 2020/2021.

XXX Members please note as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all games in all leagues and competitions have been cancelled forthwith. XXX

XXX Also note that the Sports Complex will itself be closing on Sunday 22nd March until further notice. XXX

Great Aycliffe Indoor Bowling Club play at the Oak Leaf Sports Complex in Newton Aycliffe where there is a spacious 4 rink bowling arena with Greenguage carpet running around 18.5 seconds making it one of the fastest and truest carpets in the area.



The Club is a mix of both bowling and social activity. There are internal leagues, knockout competitions, National competitions, County and inter-club matches as well as social bowling.

The club has a strong and dedicated social committee who organise fund raising and events throughout the year.

Its location within the Oak Leaf Sports Complex on the South Western edge of the town of Newton Aycliffe allows easy access from all directions and from the A1M.

The Oak Leaf Sports Complex hosts a wide range of different sports and activities and has:

  • Fully-licensed bar with coffee and snack facilities
  • Meeting room
  • Catering facilities for functions
  • Bowls Hall communal lounge viewing area
  • Parking for over 100 vehicles

These facilities are available to hire, please contact the Oak Leaf Sports Complex tel. 01325 300600 for more information.