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The 2020 round of the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme is now open for applications 

The Sports Capital & Equipment Programme (SCEP) is operated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

Grants are available to voluntary, not-for profit sports clubs, community groups, NGBs, and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.


All applications must be made on and information on how to make an application is available on

To make an application an organisation must first register on the website but organisations only need to register once for all rounds of the Programme.

Letter from Minister Jack Chambers regarding NGB consultation on future COVID-19 sports measures

A chairde uilig,

 The Government is acutely aware of the vital role that sport has played throughout the pandemic in contributing its many benefits to the physical and mental wellbeing of people. Even though last Friday’s decision to exit Level 5 represents an improvement for many who love and enjoy their sport, it is fully recognised that the move to Level 3 represents only a partial improvement with many others still severely impacted by the Level 3 restrictions, especially those that play their sports in indoor settings.

 Looking ahead to 2021, the Government is concerned to ensure that sport can continue to play the maximum possible role in sustaining people’s physical and mental wellbeing and consequently their general morale. In that context, the Government has asked this Department and Sport Ireland to engage urgently over the coming weeks with the sporting bodies to consider all available evidence and data for the purposes of informing the development of tailored proposals and approaches for future mitigation measures. It is envisaged that such proposals would enable the Government to review and potentially adapt the suite of public health measures currently applying to sport and exercise activities.

 In order to get this urgent work underway, I am seeking written submissions to be made to Sport Ireland. To that end, Sport Ireland will separately issue within the next few days a template for the preparation of the written submission.

 I look forward to working closely with the NGBs in the progression of this matter.

 Is mise le meas,


Jack Chambers, T.D.,

Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Sport and an Ghaeltacht

Exiting Level 5

The following email has been received from Sport Ireland

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder

Following the Government Announcement on the Exit from Level 5, please find below details in relation to sport and physical activity. Full details of the plan can be found here:


Outdoors: Non-contact training only in pods of up to 15.

Indoors: Individual sports training only. This should be conducted in line with the attached guidance. No exercise or dance classes should take place.

Certain sports which have been listed on the website such as gymnastics, basketball, racketball, squash etc. may take place in Level 3 on an individual basis and in line with the guidance.

No traditional group style classes should take place for any sport.

Training exemptions are in place for certain professional and elite sports and approved inter-county Gaelic games.

Competition and events

No Competition or sporting events should take place.

There are a small number of exceptions which can take place behind closed doors. These include certain professional and elite sports

Approved inter-county Gaelic games

Approved equestrian events (Horse racing and greyhound racing and certain approved coursing events can also take place)

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open for individual use only, with protective measures in place.





Living with COVID-19 Framework

Individual, Indoor Training

Practical guidance for the sports and physical activity sector


On 15 September 2020, the Government published a Framework of measures to guide Ireland through the short to medium-term management of Covid-19.

The Framework consists of 5 levels. The lower levels of the Framework will be activated when there is low incidence of the disease, with isolated outbreaks and low community transmission. The higher levels will be used to deal with higher incidences of the disease. It will be possible for
different regions and counties to be at a different Level to the National Level, depending on the incidence of the virus in that particular region or county.

It is the aim of the Return to Sport Expert Group to provide the Sector with a practical interpretation of the Framework that recognises the need to address public health concerns while maintaining the provision of sporting and physical activity opportunities to the Irish public.
Since its publication, Sporting Bodies have sought further guidance from the Expert Group on certain areas of the Framework, in particular the measures set out in Level 3 and 4 in relation to indoor training.

Indoor Sport & Physical Activity

Indoor environments are essential to the delivery of sport and physical activity particularly in Autumn and Winter where there are reduced opportunities for outdoor activity. Many sports while individual in nature are conducted in a group environment for example gymnastics and noncontact traditional martial arts. Additionally some indoor sports such as badminton and (indoor) tennis require a minimum of two people for any meaningful participation to take place.

The Expert Group recognises that this presents a unique challenge particularly in Levels 3 and 4 of the Framework. Providing a safe environment for participants on a sustainable basis in both sport and physical activity is paramount.

Defining Individual Training

Sporting Organisations acknowledge the need to tailor their approach to delivery to reflect the various levels of Covid 19 in the Community. There should be clear differences in the level and nature of sporting activity between the higher and lower elements of the Framework. To date Sporting Bodies have developed and implemented robust Return to Sport Protocols addressing the necessary public health requirements. These Organisations remain best placed to develop sport specific protocols that minimise the potential risk associated with individual training whilst avoiding the complete cessation of their sport during levels 3 and 4. To assist the sector the Expert Group recommends the adoption of the ‘pod of one’ concept.
This concept can be defined as ‘Individual, physically distanced, non-contact activity, completed in a pre-defined area, within a controlled environment and without the sharing of equipment.

The following additional risk mitigation measures are also recommended for protocol adoption. These measures aim at clearly differencing sporting activity between levels 2 and 3 while also distinguishing the activity from ‘traditional exercise and dance classes’ which are not permissible
from level 3 onwards.

  • Staggered start and finish times combined with appropriate entry, exit and traffic management protocols to limit the interaction of participants at any one time.
  • Prebooking of activity is essential.
  • Reduction in the overall duration of the activity.
  • Participants arrive ready to train and leave immediately (no changing room or shower use).
  • Additional signage, hand sanitization stations and deep cleaning implemented.
  • No equipment sharing in any circumstances
  • Activity should take place in a predefined area which is visually marked out and
    directionally signed.
  • The space required in this area should reflect the nature and intensity of the activity
  • There should be in excess of 2m social distancing between each of the predefined areas.
  • The Cleaning & Ventaliation of facilities should be conducted in accordance with the Governments most recent Work Safely Protocol.

One to One Training

In the event of one to one training between a participant and instructor/coach, the following additional items to those outlined above should also be implemented.

  • Any demonstration of equipment or technique should ensure that a minimum of 2m social distancing is maintained.
  • Individual equipment should not be shared.
  • In the case of fixed equipment, cleaning of such equipment must be completed immediately after demonstration and before the individual participant uses.
  • There should be no hands-on adjustments or physical contact during training sessions.
  • Coaches and trainers are asked to refer to the HSE guidance on wearing of face coverings, which is available here.


Additional Points:

  • Indoor activity during Level 4 will be dictated by whether certain sporting facilities can open. Currently Level 4 requires Gyms/leisure centres and swimming pools to close.
  • This guidance applies to the indoor sporting activity of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and the Network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).
  • The training must be supervised by a coach or a trainer accredited by NGB / LSP.
  • NGBs / LSPs will have responsibility for approving the training activities to be undertaken. Sport Ireland is available to provide guidance to Sport Ireland recognised
    NGBs/LSPs where required.
  •  NGBs/LSPs must give an assurance that protective measures will be strictly adhered to and that they have the resources locally to monitor compliance by clubs and groups.
  • Any club or group that is not in a position to apply these measures or enforce them should not hold training sessions.
  • This continues to be on an opt-in basis for participants.

Community Grant Applications


I attended a meeting of Regional Development Officers hosted by South Dublin County Council this morning.
Paula from SDCC provided an excellent update in relation to Community Grants and really encouraged both Clubs and NGB’s to apply.

I’ve included the follow up mail from Paula below.  She made a very good point that if clubs build a central response for these purposes it makes subsequent applications much easier.

 You can access the grant information from South Dublin County Council via the link below;

The SDCC – community grants are now open, what’s different this year is that the application process is ONLY online and there is no closing date for applications, but grants have to be spent by the end of this calendar year, so best to get in early with applications in case the funds are gone.

Below is the Link to the community grants on our webpage, where the Community Grants Booklet and the Online Grant Application can be accessed.

Community Funding Document

Assistance with regard to the Sports Development Grants can be obtained by contacting Sports Recreational Officers Paula Swayne (086-8292-443) & Ciaran Farrelly (086-4649-504) or by email at:

I’ve included Clubs outside of the catchment area for information purposes as there may be similar Grants available from your local County Council.
Best regards.

BLI AGM 2020

Dear Secretary/Council Delegate,
I attach motions received for consideration at the a.g.m. being held by Zoom on 16th December.
In the section covering the constitution proposed changes submitted by the Executive are highlighted with blue type to reflect additions and red type for deletions.
The Standing Orders Committee have reviewed all the motions and are satisfied that they are valid.
Amendments to the motions should be submitted before November 25th.

Nominations for the following officer positions on the Executive should be submitted by 16th November, one calendar month before the a.g.m.:-
Honorary Secretary
Honorary Assistant Secretary
Honorary Treasurer
Honorary Competition Secretary
Honorary League Secretary
Public Relations Officer
National Children’s Officer
The position of International Selector is also up for election.
The agenda and documentation for the meeting will be sent to club secretaries well in advance along with details of delegate registration, and debating and voting procedures. The meeting will be taped to ensure all decisions are accurately recorded.
The Executive appreciate that not all delegates may be familiar with Zoom so if anyone has a difficulty please get in touch and we will try to help.  To assist delegates a trial run of a Zoom meeting  with mock voting is being arranged for Thursday 10th December at 7.30p.m.
When clubs nominate their three delegates please send me their names and email addresses by December 1st so that they can be entered on the Zoom contact list. Please be assured that these addresses will not be used for any other purpose. Observers are welcome but they should identify themselves and will not be entitled to vote.

Please note that the IBA annual general meeting has been postponed until Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland are relaxed.
BLI clubs that entered 2020 IBA cup competitions that were not held are automatically entered for the 2021 competitions unless a club wants to withdraw. That does not preclude new entrants. A new draw will be made in due course. 2020 entry fees will be credited to the clubs who may seek a refund if they wish.

Can I remind clubs of the fund raising campaign in memory of Cathal Gillen for the youth mental health awareness organisation Jigsaw being  organised by his family and friends. Details are on the website.
Best wishes,



Guide to this website


If you are having problems finding your way around this website hopefully the guide below will help you find what you are looking for.

Website Guide


Welcome to the official site of the Bowling League of Ireland and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland.

Irish Lawn Bowls is the combination of the Bowling League of Ireland (BLI) and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland (LBLI), the governing body for Lawn Bowls in the Republic of Ireland. The game is fast growing with clubs now in the following counties: Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Waterford, and Wicklow. There are however many other counties where clubs are in the process of being formed.

Lawn bowls is a sport for all ages with competitors aged from under 10 to almost 100 currently playing in BLI/LBLI affiliated clubs. 

If you are new to the sport of bowls and want to find out how to play the game have a look at the following link which will help you find out how to play.

Link to How to Bowl


Map of Bowling Clubs within the BLI / LBLI 

Click on the “view larger map” button at the top right of picture for more details.  Note the details are what the individual club has put on Google and may not always be a 100% correct.  

A full list of BLI Member clubs together with their website details can be found at

BLI Clubs 

For club addresses and Secretary Details see

Club Secretaries

Welcome to the BLI / LBLI Blog

Here will be posted various notice that we want to bring to your attention