Friends of English Bowling
The Friends of English Bowling gives a unique opportunity for all bowlers to show their support for the sport of outdoor bowls whilst enjoying a number of exclusive member benefits.
Originally formed in 2005, ‘The Friends’ gives everyone who has taken part and enjoyed bowls the opportunity to give something back and now has approaching 300 members. Each member receives a lapel badge, regular newsletters and Bowls England news updates by joining the Friends of English Bowling Google Group.
Members may also participate in ‘Friends’ bowls matches during the course of the season, which in 2016 will again include two matches on the hallowed turf at Royal Leamington Spa during the National Championships.
At the National Championships, a hospitality marquee is provided where members can meet over tea, coffee and light refreshments, all free of charge, to catch up with fellow ‘Friends’ and discuss the day’s play, in addition to a complimentary National Championships programme. This marquee is exclusively reserved throughout the Championships for the use of the Bowls England sponsors, ‘The Friends’ and special guests of Bowls England only. Each individual member will be invited to a Presidential Lunch and the member may bring a paying guest if they wish.
‘Friends’ are also entitled to enter the ‘Members Only’ Open Two Wood Pairs Competition on Tuesday 23rd August during the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa.
‘The Friends’ is the biggest supporter of the sport of outdoor bowls in England, and uses its funds to back National Championship and National Competition events, assist youth development and support additional facilities provided for players and supporters at the Championships.
For example, in 2015 the total amount donated to Bowls England by ‘The Friends’ was £32,000. The money was allocated by Bowls England to support a number of National Championships and National Competitions, together with the provision during the National Championships of First Aid facilities. In 2016, ‘The Friends’ will fund the purchase of a new First Aid Tent and will continue to support several high profile events including the Tony Allcock Trophy.
All 35 County Associations are Association Members of ‘The Friends’, and in 2015 funding was also allocated to help towards each county’s expenses associated with the final stages of the Middleton Cup, Johns Trophy, White Rose Trophy and Amy Rose Bowl.
To become a member of ‘The Friends’, annual Membership costs £100 with a one off joining fee of just £10.
To become a ‘Friend’ or for more information please contact:
John Thompson – Membership Secretary
Tel: 01992 308648
To find out more on the aims, objectives and activities of ‘The Friends’ go to: www.friendsofenglishbowling.co.uk
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