Bowls England Chief Executive Jon Cockcroft has announced exciting plans for online coverage of this year’s National Finals. The 18-day Victoria Park extravaganza which gets underway on Thursday is the highlight of the season for club and county bowlers across the length and breadth of England.
Healthy crowds are always drawn to Victoria Park in Leamington Spa – and with good weather set to continue and the exposure brought by the Commonwealth Games still a very recent memory this is again likely to be the case this year.
However, for those who are unable to attend in person following the 33 competitions will be simpler than ever – while coverage will be more extensive than that previously offered.
On August 30th and 31st, Bowls England will live stream the latter stages of the Men’s Pairs and Women’s Pairs on its You Tube channel and Facebook page. View the 2021 Men’s pairs here.
The Men’s and Women’s Singles will enjoy the same level of exposure on September 8th and 9th with commentary provided by Jason Parkinson and Emily Ferguson.
“After the positive trial of live streaming for last year’s Bowls England National Finals, we are delighted that we will broadcasting four days of this year’s event,” Cockcroft said.
“As we have seen from the recent Commonwealth Games, our sport is a brilliant watch when played by the best players and produced to a good standard.
“The coverage will not only ensure existing bowls lovers enjoy the business end of the prestigious championship competitions, but hopefully inspire a wider audience to give bowls a ‘bash’.”
Live scoring will also be available online for every game played from the quarter-finals stage onwards in every competition.
Live scoring updates can be found here.
In addition, the Bowls England website will carry a daily round-up of the action at Victoria Park while its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites will carry a range of content across the entire 18 days of action.
“While there is no substitute for being there in person to experience the action first hand, we believe that this coverage will really help grow the visibility of our sport on the back of the TV exposure we enjoyed during Birmingham 2022,” Cockcroft added.
Tickets to the National Finals start at just £4 for adults and £1 for Under 21s offer a full day of top-class sporting action. Tickets increase to £5.50 adults and £1.50 Under 21s at weekends. Event passes are available and all tickets are cheaper in advance.
Please note: U16s must be accompanied by an adult. Under 3s enter free of charge.