The Home Nations have recently finalised the competition schedule and format for the 2023 bowls season, which encompasses the highly sought-after British Isles Championships, as well as the Senior, Under-25, and Under-18 international series.
Read on for an overview of the Championships and the full 2023 schedule!
First held in 1960, the British Isles Bowls Championships (BIBC) is an annual tournament that brings together bowlers from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, and Guernsey.
The competition typically includes men's, women's, and joint events, including singles, pairs, triples, and fours matches. Participants qualify by winning their respective national championships. Highly regarded within the sport of lawn bowls, the BIBC is the go-to event for players looking to compete at an international level.
28th - 29th June 2023
The upcoming season will kick off with the long-awaited joint men's and women's BIBC in Ayr, Scotland. Scheduled to take place from Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th June, it will provide an excellent platform for winners of their respective National Championships to prove themselves on the global stage.
30th June - 2nd July 2023
The second event of the season is the joint Senior international series, set to be held in Ayr from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July. Each participating nation’s team will feature twenty men and twenty women, along with a maximum of four reserves (except for Jersey, which will field one team of ten men and ten women).
5th - 6th August 2023
England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will compete in a joint Under-18 International series on 5th and 6th of August 2023. The tournament will feature mixed teams of twelve players and take place in Wales, although the exact venue is yet to be confirmed. Get ready for an exciting showcase of future bowls stars!
16th - 17th September 2023
The final event of the year will be the joint Under-25 International series, also known as the Junior series, which is scheduled to take place in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September. This year's Under-25 competition will continue with the same format as last year’s, featuring three rinks of men and three rinks of women. The tournament will award titles to the men's winners, women's winners, and an overall combined team winner. Expected to draw a talented pool of young players, it’s the ideal platform for them to showcase their skills and potential.
If you manage a bowls club, you know that trying to get new members to join up can feel like an uphill battle. Luckily, big events are a fantastic opportunity to do just that.
During the bowls season, a great way to attract new members is to hold special bowls events on or around tournament dates. You could even hold a mini-tournament of your own, encouraging members to get involved and bring along people who may be interested in trying bowls out for themselves.
Another way is to organise social events on tournament dates. Your club can get together for a round of drinks while watching the matches, building a sense of comradery between members while networking with potential new signups.
Either way is the perfect chance to boost your club’s membership, so make sure you keep up to date with the events listed above to take full advantage!
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