Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding entering our National Competitions. If you have any further queries, please contact the competitions team via comps@bowlsengland.com or call 01926 334609, selecting Option 1.

Entry

Should I enter?

Our competitions are open to players of all abilities – with a range of events designed to meet your individual requirements.

We particularly welcome entries from those who may not have entered one of our competitions before, as this is a great opportunity to improve your game, take on one of our elite athletes and perhaps win a place at the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa.

All events are organised on a knock-out basis, with the the early rounds played locally and the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

So whether you are a regular competitor or new to our sport we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

How do I enter?

All National Competitions can be entered on the Bowls England Competition Portal here.

How much is it to enter?
Event Price until Dec 17th Price until March 1st
Men’s Senior Singles 4.00 4.50
Men’s Senior Pairs 8.00 9.00
Men’s Champion of Champions 5.50 6.50
Women’s Senior Singles 4.00 4.50
Women’s Senior Pairs 8.00 9.00
Women’s Champion of Champions 5.50 6.50
Mixed Pairs 8.00 9.00
Mixed Fours 16.00 18.00
Family Pairs 8.00 9.00
Men’s Club Two Fours 28.00 30.00
Tony Allcock Trophy 28.00 30.00
Men’s Top Club 28.00 30.00
Women’s Top Club 28.00 30.00
When do entries close?

Entries close on 1st March 2022 at 5pm.

I am not a member of a club affiliated to Bowls England; can I enter?

Unfortunately we only accept entries from playing members of affiliated clubs to Bowls England, a full list of clubs affiliated can be found here.

How do I create an account?

You can create an account on the Bowls England Competition Portal; our Step by Step Guide will guide you through the process here.

What are the formats?

Formats vary depending on the competition. To view the formats to all National Competitions click here.

Someone has entered a competition for me but it is not showing in my account?

All competitions will show in the account of the person who made the entry. Please contact us at comps@bowlsengland.com if an entry is not showing in your account and we will look into it for you.

I do not have access to the internet, can I still enter?

The fastest and easiest way to enter is online. However, if you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call on 01926 334609 – option 1 for Competitions.  Please note that our normal working hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. We shall aim to respond to all messages at the earliest opportunity.

Can I enter a competition on behalf of someone else?

Yes. Entries for fellow bowlers can be made through your account. Once the entry has been made you are able to assign the entry to someone else. Click here for step by step instructions to do this here.

Do you still send out paper entry forms?

We no longer send out paper entry forms. We encourage all participants to create an account on the competition portal. Once you have created an account click on the relevant competition you wish to enter and follow the onscreen instructions in order to make your entry.

Do I have to enter all competitions individually or can I pay for them all together?

All competitions need to be purchased individually. For ease our payment system allows you to save your card details for further entries.

I wish to make more than one entry into a competition but the system won't let me?

All individual competitions are set to allow one entry only. If you wish to make an entry on behalf of a fellow competitor please email us at comps@bowlsengland.com.

Do I need to name my team members at point of entry?

The option is available within your account to name your team upon entry, and this will help you keep track of who you have entered with. However, we only need to know the entrant’s name prior to the first match being played within each competition.

Am I able to get a refund?

Refunds are permissible up until entries close on the 1st March 2022. Our refund policy can be viewed within the competition entry Terms and Conditions here. Please note, there is a small administration fee which will be applied.

Can I enter the Bowls England National Competitions if I enter National Championships in another country?

Players entering National Championships in another country are eligible to participate in all Individual National Competitions. The rules differ for Inter-Club competitions; see below.

Can I represent my club in inter-club events yet enter National Championships at another club?

No – players must represent the same club/county in both National Championships and National Competitions.

How old do I need to be in order to enter the Senior Competitions?
  • Senior Singles and Pairs is open to all affiliated members aged 55 years and over on the 1st April in the year of the competition.
  • The Tony Allcock Trophy is open to all affiliated members aged of 60 years and over on the 1st April in the year of the competition.

 

Account

I've forgotten my password; how can I reset this?

If you are unable to log in, click the ‘Reset Password’ button on the login page which will email you a new temporary password. Click here for step by step instructions to do this here.

How can I update my email address?

Your email is your login for your account on the portal. To amend your email address, please login with your old email to access your account. Then select >My Account>Edit Profile and your account details will appear. You will then be able to update your email and any other account details as required.

Can I change my club after entry?
You can amend your club at any point prior to the closing date for entries in any particular competition. In order to do this please email comps@bowlsengland.com with your name, the club to be amended and your new club.
I have an entry in a competition, which is confirmed in my account, however my name does not appear on the current list of entries?

The list as shown within each competition is updated periodically by Bowls England. Your online account is your first point of call to check on entries that you have entered.

How do I confirm my entry?

To confirm your entry, view your competitions within your account. Select ‘Edit’ against the particular competition and the following screen will ask you if this entry is for you or someone else. You can confirm your entry by selecting ‘Myself’. If the competition entry is for ‘Someone Else’ you will need to enter their details in order to confirm the entry. Click here for step by step instructions to do this here.

 

Eligibility

I would like to enter the Family Pairs but my partner does not play in the same club or county?

In the Family Pairs, pairings do not need to belong to the same club or county in order to participate as a team.

Do I have to represent the same club/county in National Competitions and National Championships?

For Inter-Club Competitions all players must be affiliated members of the same club, that club being the same club that they enter/play National Championships out of.

For Pairs events in National Competitions, players do not need to be members of the same club in order to participate. They are required, however, to play from the same county in all National Competition disciplines – that county being the same county where they play their National Championships. The exception is those clubs affiliated to two counties due to historic geographic circumstances.

Who can I play with in the Family Pairs?

The following pairings are permissible:

  • Grandmother and granddaughter/grandson
  • Grandfather and granddaughter/grandson
  • Mother and daughter/son
  • Father and daughter/son
  • Sister and sister/brother
  • Brother and brother/sister
  • Step relatives of the above are also eligible to play
  • Marriage
  • Civil Partnership

Pairings need not necessarily be members of the same affiliated Club or County to participate.

Am I eligible to enter the Champion of Champions?

Only players who meet one of the following qualifying criteria are permitted to enter:

Club:

  • Men’s Club Championship Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Women’s Club Championship Four-Bowl Singles Champion

 

County:

  • Men’s County Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Women’s County Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Men’s County Junior Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Women’s County Junior Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Qualifiers for the 2021 National Finals in the National Senior Singles

 

National:

  • Men’s & Women’s National Champion of Champions Champion
  • Men’s & Women’s National Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Men’s & Women’s National Junior Four-Bowl Singles Champion
  • Men’s & Women’s National Senior Singles Champion
I won the Club Singles at my old club, can I still play in the Champion of Champions if I have moved clubs?

Players who have moved clubs during the close season are still eligible to enter the Champion of Champions providing that Bowls England receives written approval from the affiliated Club or County Secretary where they secured qualification no later than 1st March 2022.

Participation

How much travelling is involved?

All early rounds in national competitions are played locally. In individual competitions, the latter stages (Round of 32 & 16) are played at regional venues in your geographical area. The final eight in each national competition qualify for the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Are all matches on play by dates, or set dates?

Individual National Competitions:

All early rounds are played to play by dates, the Round of 32 & 16 will be played at regional venues in your geographical area.

 

Inter-Club Competitions:

All rounds are played to play by dates up to and including the Round of 16. The Quarter Finals onwards will be played at the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

When and where will the Regional Finals be?

The Round of 32 & 16 are played at regional venues in your geographical area in the following competitions as follows:

  • Men’s & Women’s Senior Singles – Friday 5th August 2022
  • Men’s & Women’s Senior Pairs – Saturday 6th August 2022
  • Men’s & Women’s Champion of Champions Singles – Sunday 7th August 2022
  • Mixed Fours – Saturday 13th August 2022
  • Mixed Pairs – Sunday 14th August 2022
Do I have to play my home matches on my home green?

No. All matches must be played at an affiliated club in the same area of the competition involved. The venue of the match must be stipulated when dates are offered.

What is the dress code to participate in National Competitions?

Below the waist:

  • Navy, black, grey or white trousers
  • Navy, black, grey or white shorts manufactured for the sport of bowls
  • Club/County apparel that has been registered with the County/Bowls England
  • Flat soled bowling shoes
  • Bowls England licensed apparel may also be worn

Above the waist:

  • White or predominantly white shirts
  • Club/County apparel that has been registered with the County/Bowls England
  • Headgear, if worn, should be white or a registered colour
  • White waterproof clothing may be used, or, providing all members of a side or team wear the same, registered colour waterproof/fleeces are permitted
  • Bowls England licensed apparel may also be worn

 

All members of the side or team shall wear the same colour above and/or below the waist

Can I play my competitions during the day?

The start time for any match shall be set by the Challenger when the dates are offered, but no player/team/side shall be compelled to accept a time earlier than 6.00pm Monday to Friday or 9.30am on a Saturday or Sunday. However matches can be played at a time outside of the above timescales if mutual agreement.

How many players/teams in each National Competition will qualify for the National Finals?
  • The last eight (quarter-finalists) in all Individual National competitions and Inter-Club Competitions will qualify for the National Finals.
  • In Inter-County competitions the last four (semi-finalists) will qualify for the National Finals.
When and where are the National Finals held?

The Bowls England National Finals will take place from Thursday 25th August to Sunday 11th September inclusive at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The full National final Schedule can be viewed here.

If you have any further questions, please contact us via the details at the top of the page.

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Please note, working hours for the above contacts are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The team will look to respond to all queries within 72 hours.

 

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