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BRITISH ISLES INDOOR BOWLS COUNCIL
The British Isles Indoor Bowls Council is the properly constituted body for the game of indoor bowls in the United Kingdom. Currently the constituent members are:
English Indoor Bowling Association
The Association of Irish Indoor Bowls
The Scottish Indoor Bowling Association
Welsh Indoor Bowls Association
From 2000, the Channel Islands are involved in the playing of the BIIBC Championships.
Guernsey Indoor Bowling Association
Jersey Indoor Bowling Association
The Council has many functions but has been given specific responsibility for the organisation and presentation of the British Isles Championships and International Series. These now take place on an annual basis and the current practice is that that the International Week should rotate between the Four National Associations annually.
History of the B.I.I.B.C. International Series and Championships
The first International series was held in Paddington in 1936 when England were the winners.
In the early 1960’s with the advance of building techniques, clubs with six, seven and eight rinks began to be built. The game began to expand and to attract many new members. The International Series continued from 1949 uninterrupted to the present day.
In 1966 the Association of Irish Indoor Bowls played in its first International Series.
In 1967 the International Series was held in Belfast and to coincide with that event the British Isles Championships in Singles, Pairs and Fours was introduced. Over the years Junior Singles, Triples and Senior Fours have been added.
Each National Association is allowed one entry in each event, 15 bowlers in all.
In 2000 the Channel Islands were invited for a two-year trial period to send participants to play in the Championships.
The British Isles Championships are played off over three days between the Ladies and Gents International Series. What perhaps is significant is that the winners receive no prize money whatsoever. They are simply presented with a small medallion that they proudly display in their lapels.
The four National Associations play each other on a Round Robin basis. A team of six rinks i.e. 24 players’ plus four reserves represents each country. Two games take place each day with 48 players taking part, with each game lasting approximately four hours.
Two points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and the team at the top of the league at the end of the Series is declared the winner.