England plays host to Jersey and Scotland this weekend as preparations continue for the forthcoming European Championships in Ayr and the home Commonwealth Games at Victoria Park, the latter now less than 50 days away. The Invitational event also presents a valuable opportunity for players to put themselves into contention for 2023 World Championships selection.
Matches are taking place from Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa. Play starts daily at 10am with matches continuing until late afternoon on Friday and Saturday, with a scheduled finish at 3pm on Sunday.
The event sees the inclusion of para bowlers from both England and Scotland in their respective teams, which further highlights the inclusivity of our sport. In addition, our Commonwealth Games squad will face-up against Jersey for a Test Match on Sunday from 10am. In total 40 able-bodied and para bowlers will represent England over the weekend.
John McGuinness, Bowls England’s Performance Director, said, “We are delighted to be hosting this Home Nations Invitation to provide an opportunity for international players from across the Home Nations to participate. The formats will be optimal preparation for the European and World events ahead. We are also using the event to provide a platform for our international players to display their skills and support player development, with several younger players being given the chance to stake their claim for future representative honours.”
Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England’s Chief Executive added, “We are committed to international competition as a vehicle to raise the profile of our sport, to motivate and stretch our most talented bowlers and inspire new people to pick up a bowl. With Birmingham 2022 in touching distance and Victoria Park gearing up to showcase the best of bowls, we look forward to hosting players and support staff from Jersey and Scotland over the coming days.”
This event was developed after the Home Nations were unable to reach a consensus on the future competition format. Bowls England’s statement can be read here.
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