Royal Leamington Spa is delighted to be welcoming approximately 2000 competitors and thousands of spectators to the town and Warwick district for the English Bowls Championships in August.Leamington Spa has traditionally been the home of the Women’s Championships; however this is the first year the Women’s and the Men’s Championships have been held in the town.
Following Bowls England’s decision to relocate from Worthing to Leamington Spa in 2012, Bowls England has been working closely with Warwick District Council to create a fabulous Championship for all.
Chairman of Warwick District Council, Clare Sawdon commented:
“The lead up to the Championships is proving very exciting! The facilities at Victoria Park and the Bowls Clubs flags lining the Parade in Royal Leamington Spa are looking splendid.
“The town is a perfect home for the Championships; with its world class bowls facilities, fabulous array of accommodation, shops, restaurants and great transport links, Royal Leamington Spa will, I am sure, do us proud!”
“With over 20,000 visitors expected, injecting between £710,000 – £1.2m into the local economy, the 2014 joint Championships will hopefully be the best yet and cement Royal Leamington Spa’s reputation as the home of English Bowls. We are proud to build on Leamington’s fine history of hosting bowls events; and look forward to a future of hosting the Championships here in Royal Leamington Spa.”
Sue Gallagher Portfolio holder for Culture, Warwick District Council comments:
“I am very much looking forward to welcoming the competitors and supporters to Royal Leamington Spa and the wider District. I would urge all residents not to miss the opportunity to watch world class Bowls taking place right on their doorstep – entrance to the Championship is free; no ticket needed.
Over the course of the last year, Warwick District Council have worked closely with Bowls England and local groups to ensure the 2014 Championships run as smoothly as possible. We recognised the concerns of previous years and as a result, the area of Victoria Park used for car parking, has reduced to 45% of the original area proposed; and to around 55% of the area traditionally used for parking. This means that cars will take up just over half of the space that they have done in previous years and that more of the park will be available for public use during the Championships.”
Tony Allcock MBE, Chief Executive of Bowls England is delighted with how preparations for this year’s Championships have progressed, commenting:
“With less than one week to go to the start of the Championships on Saturday 2nd August, it is fabulous to see the years of hard work, planning, investment and organisation come to full fruition.
To host the Men’s and the Women’s Championships in Royal Leamington Spa is a fabulous honour. Following on from the success of the 2013 Championships, we have worked closely with Warwick District Council, the Landscape Group and other key stakeholders and local groups to ensure that the Championships, whilst bigger than ever, are well managed and cause minimal disruption to users of Victoria Park. Come and see the Bowls Championships in action – who knows, you may even find a new sporting hobby as a result!”
For more information on the Championships please visit the Bowls England website.