Welcome to the English Bowls Umpires Association.
The EBUA is the unified governing body for qualified Bowls Umpires in England.
We are responsible for appointing Umpires to any events as requested by the local, national and international governing bodies of the Sport of Bowls.
Our umpires undergo an intensive training and development program from new candidates through to experienced international officials.
7th November 2017
New Area Secretary for Area 2We have a new Area Secretary for Area 2!
Unfortunately, Alison Welsted has found that she is no longer able to continue in the post. I would like to thank Alison for stepping in to help when Malcolm was unable to continue due to his health. She has worked hard to keep the area functioning and fulfilling all the marking and umpiring requirements. Thank you very much for all the hard work Alison, I hope you will enjoy your next venture!
Colin Wilson has kindly agreed to take over as Area Secretary. Many of you will know him as he was previously the county co-ordinator for Lincolnshire. I know we all wish him the very best in the role he has taken on, and will help him with all the new 'excitements' coming his way!
4th November 2017
Markers - Are you confused by what is happening now?
Many of you will have noticed that your 'Marker' certificate' showed that it ran for four years, and that time is up, or about to be.
Knowing that this date was approaching the National Development Officer (Vic Perry) has been working on a revised programme for markers which launched at the beginning of October. This is very different from the old system, as it introduces a series of 'grades' of marker, based on your competence level as a marker demonstrated to a County Mentor, and showing the level that you have achieved, confirmed by a Certificate of Competence. You will need a Level 3 Competence to mark at Leamington.
You can find the details of this scheme at Marking Awareness Course together with actions you can take to progress as a marker.
3rd November 2017
Televised Test Matches
I should like to report two very successful televised events in the Northern area.
The EIBA arranged a ladies and mens test match on two separate days at New Earswick bowling club in York. This is fifth year this event has been played and was live on television. On the 4th and 5th of October England ladies played Scotland ladies, and the umpires were Val Coldwell, Vic Perry and Graham Gibbins.
On the 11th and 12th of October the England men played Scotland men and the umpires were Val Coldwell, Colin Wilson and Eric Tomlinson who stood in at short notice instead of Vic Perry who unfortunately was not very well. These games went out on ITV4 and were televised from 10am until 6pm each day. The work was quite intense and I should like to thank the umpires for their participation and help to make this a success.
Northern Area Sec EBUA.
25th October 2017
Leamington National Finals.
I'm sorry it has taken so long for me to write this but I would like to thank everyone who 'worked' at the National Championships at Leamington Spa.
I wanted all of you to know that I appreciate all the time and effort you put into showing our Association as the hardworking group of people we all know we are. Many of you travel many miles to do duties there and some come and stay for days, even taking your annual holidays to be there. Thank you!
All your efforts are appreciated and I hope that I will see you all there next year, and for many years to come.
I shall be issuing the availability forms later this year, and look forward to being snowed under with your replies volunteering!
25th October 2017
Top Club Finals.
Thank you to everyone who helped Ken & me with the Top Club finals this year.
I must apologise that I couldn't thank you all personally, but you will have realised that I was 'far from well'! This meant that I couldn't be as active in helping and supporting you as I usually do, but I do appreciate the efforts you all put into being there and for some of you overcoming your fears in 'stepping out' for the first time at Leamington. I hope you all found it a happy experience and want to do it again, be it being brave at the National Championships or helping again at the Top Club. Please tell your friends if you enjoyed the experience and encourage them to volunteer next year!
Thank you again and I look forward to seeing all of you next year (if not before)!
25th October 2017
Minutes of the Executive Meeting held on 20th August 2017 are now availableExecutive Meeting 20th August 2017