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  • 07 Nov 2018

    Bowls Development Alliance Job Vacancy: Club Development Officer

    This post is on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2021 and is subject to annual confirmation of funding award

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  • 07 Nov 2018

    Ground Maintenance Specialist Burleys win Institute of Groundsmanship Award for work at Crouch BC, Sussex

    The expertise and dedication of Burleys for its work at Crouch BC, Sussex, has been recognised this year by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards by winning the major industry accolade against nationwide competition.



    The expertise and dedication of Burleys for its work at Crouch BC, Sussex, has been recognised this year by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards by winning the major industry accolade against nationwide competition.

    In a prestigious 10th Anniversary Awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, the awards were presented in front of an audience of more than 650 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading grounds care experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.

    Ground maintenance specialist Burleys has a team of 40 staff covering contracts in East Sussex involving shrub, grass and weed management, on-site gardeners as well as fine turf maintenance and was presented their award by IOG chief executive Geoff Webb.

    This includes the management of a range of sports grounds, including the Olympic rugby training pitches at Brighton University, tennis courts, cricket and football pitches, plus championship bowling greens such as those at the Crouch Bowling Club - which plays over 70 fixtures a year including national and county competitions as well as local and knock out competitions.

    Burleys’ team of four greenkeepers ensure the greens are maintained to high standards by regular mowing, spiking, fungicide applications, ditch cleaning and watering, as well as autumn and spring renovations involving, for example, deep scarification, grading and topping up with sand, plus applications of fertiliser, loam, iron and seeding.

    In particular, the company makes a point of reducing thatch on the greens, to minimise the presence of leatherjackets and thus reduce the need for pesticides. Garlic-based products are included in the regime to deter worms and nematodes, and the fertiliser is seaweed-based. Also, always with an eye on improvement, Burleys has this year used an Air2G2 air injection machine to good effect on dispersing the worm population.

    Burleys contested the Bowling Grounds Team/Person of the Year Award with the Rolls-Royce Leisure Association, Derby.

    Organised by the IOG - the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities – the annual awards ( embrace categories of entry covering sport, young people and the environment.

    The awards highlight the high standards of volunteer and professional groundsmanship, from grassroots to professional stadia level. They are judged by an independent panel on criteria that include effective use of resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards, as well as environmental considerations.

    Commenting on the high standard of award winners, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb, says: “Having this year suffered extreme weather conditions, with the winter’s ‘Beast from the East’ through to this summer’s unprecedented record heatwave, the climate has tested groundsmen to their limits.

    “It has not been easy, yet we have seen how fantastic our profession is and, against all the odds and on a daily basis battling against the elements, this year’s awards had a fantastic array of nominees who have all achieved very high standards. I applaud everyone and thank them for their efforts in creating amazing playing surfaces.”

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  • 06 Nov 2018

    Bowlers bare all for the Hotshots of Bowls Charity Calendar

    Bowlers across England are bravely baring all to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Bloodwise UK, with bowlers from all over the country stripping off and strategically placing all manner of bowls equipment to preserve their modesty.

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  • 05 Nov 2018

    Obituary - Jayne Roylance (Norfolk)

    Bowls England regrets to inform you that former international Jayne Roylance (Norfolk) has sadly passed away on Saturday 3rd November at the age of 71.

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  • 01 Nov 2018

    Ilminster BC, Somerset, scoops 'Club of the Year' title

    Bowls England is delighted to announce Ilminster BC in Somerset has been named ‘Club of the Year’ for 2018.

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