We regret to inform you of the passing of Pat who was Chairman and a stalwart of the League for many years. Our thoughts go out to Pat's family in these difficult times.
After much discussion with representatives from all of the league’s stakeholders (landlords, club committees, captains, players and the parents of stickers) and taking into account the current restrictions and fears of society, the committee has made the following decision with regards to the commencement of the 2020/21 skittles season.
With many venues not being able to make their premises available to safely host skittles matches, the season cannot begin in September. Some need to use their premises in a different manner to support their livelihoods, whilst others unable to operate in a viable manner, with no plans to open in the near future. Add to this, the extensive requirements from the Government to ensure that safety is achieved, socially distancing skittles teams in indoor environment which prohibits the unseated mixing in close proximity of more than six persons who are able to be from no more than two households, even at the simplest level is difficult to achieve.
There is a fear in the skittling community, with many having shielded and with no interest in going into a social environment at present, with most people choosing the safety and security of their own home. Skittles is about fun and socialising and cannot be allowed to become an evening of anxiety.
With these considerations in mind, it has been decided that the 2020/21 season is cancelled.
A 2020 AGM will take place by Zoom in November and plan for an AGM and registration in June 2021 with a view to recommencing the league in September 2021.
Having talked to venues, we are aware that some are able to provide a safe venue for skittles. There is a potential that some of these venues will arrange in-house competitions to be played under their own stewardship, for which we will provide information here on the website.
In an uncertain world, the committee feel that to provide a clear statement at this time is for the benefit of all. We wish you and your families a safe winter and look forward to re-establishing old friendships next year.
Very best regards
17th August 2020