Bowls chief praises our clubs for getting back into the swing

The chair of Bowls Midlothian, John Halliday, has praised the efforts of local clubs to help the sport come through the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 12:30 pm
Rosslyn Bowling Club opening. At forefront are club champions Norman Reid and Lorna Goldsmith who opened the green.

Bowling clubs have been able to open their doors again under strict safety measures for members in recent weeks.

Given how stringent these measures are, Mr Halliday admits that take up by bowlers to return to clubs again has been “fairly low”.

However, he’s given huge credit to those working behind the scenes to ensure clubs were able to open again at all.

Mr Halliday said: “I understand many clubs in our district have opened, or are in the course of opening, and as far as we understand most clubs have managed the arrangements smoothly with no particular issues.

“As expected numbers playing this restricted type of bowling has been fairly low and perhaps this may change as we hopefully progress through the government phases.

“There have been some fantastic videos on our Facebook page of your processes which have been really helpful to clubs opening at Phase 2 or will be at later stages.”

Social media played a big part in keeping during the lockdown and Mr Halliday highlighted the efforts of Loanhead Bowling Club and its president Maree Notman.

The club was at at the forefront of Getting Back into Bowls and was well ahead of the curve with preparations.

Loanhead became one of the first clubs in Scotland to re-open.

Mr Halliday added: “Maree has assisted other clubs with her posters and guidelines including other areas of Scotland and this has been very well received.

“Thank you Maree for what you have done and continue to do.

“It was also good to see many other clubs engage with their members with live quizzes, lottery and bonus ball fundraisers.”

Clubs are thankfully now starting to recover from their period of closure, but Mr Halliday highlighted help which remains available to help the transition.

“We have heard of many successful applications to the Covid Business Support scheme which will prove such a lifeline to clubs in the absence of bar revenue,” he said.

“If you have not applied or are appealing a reminder that the closing date is July 10.

“If your club has had difficulties in this area it may be worth contacting the Bowls Scotland development officer, Daniel Baker on 07821 118774.”.