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STATEMENT REGARDING INDOOR COMPETITIONS Issued 23rd September 2020
The London & Southern Counties Bowling Association (L&SC) has continued to listen to the Governments advice and rules, together with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific advisersviews and comments. In addition we have been trying to get a better understanding as to how our various Indoor Clubs, covering 12 Counties, are trying to open with the various restrictions, rules and regulations that exist. A number of our affiliated Clubs have already advised us that they are unable to proceed with any of this years competitions.
From the latest information to hand we feel that the likelihood of a second wave of Corona Virus (Covid-19) is relatively high. With this, the probability of various further restrictions being imposed which may not affect all Clubs in the same way, or at the same time. It is also our view that many playing members, especially those in the higher age bracket, are fearful of the possible consequences of players travelling to or coming from relatively distant Clubs, a feature of the L&SC Indoor Competitions.
It is therefore with a great deal of sadness and regret that we have decided not to hold the L&SC Indoor Competitions for 2020-2021. 2020 is the L&SC 125th anniversary year, a year in which we had hoped to do a lot, but in practice (due to Covid-19), have been able to do very little. This decision has been reached in the belief that it is in the best interests of our Affiliated Cubs and their members, to put health and safety before any other consideration.
It is our intention, following this decision, to return all competition entry fees to those Clubs requesting same; any unreturned Competition Fees will of course be credited to the respective Clubs and repayable on request. With regard to these years Affiliation Fees, it is our intention to carry these over to cover next years Affiliation Fees in full. Our reason for taking this course of action is that the L&SC consists of an Association of Affiliated Clubs and all Executive members, competition organisers, etc. must be members of an Affiliated Club. Thus no Affiliated Clubs means no Executive and no L&SC. This being said if any Club wishes to have their Affiliation Fee returned, this will be repayable on request.
Our General Secretary and/or Treasurer will be in contact regarding fees as set out above.
The L&SC hopes all members stay safe and trusts it will be in a position to continue with our Competitions in 2021.