The 2022 Bowls European Championships will be held at Scotland's National Centre for Bowling in Ayr.

A recent Bowls Europe AGM confirmed the news, after the 2021 Championships had to be re-arranged due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scotland will compete in this event alongside 18 other nations from around the continent from Saturday 9 – Thursday, July 14, 2022.

It will be a massive chance for the host nation, as Scotland and England are currently level as the competition's most successful nations with four victories each.

The format of the revamped European Championships will be men’s & women’s singles, pairs, triples, and fours with each player eligible to compete in two disciplines such as singles or fours and pairs or triples.

Speaking about the event coming to Ayr, Alan McMillan, CEO of Bowls Scotland, said: “I am excited to welcome Europe’s bowls nations to Scotland and enjoy this celebration of competitive bowls.

“The European Championships will develop over the coming years to provide a vital platform for players to achieve their full potential.

"I am sure the Bowls Europe Directors, Bowls Scotland staff, volunteers, players, and spectators will all contribute to a memorable event.”

Bob Christie, Bowls Europe Chair, added: “Bowls Europe is delighted that Bowls Scotland is supporting the 2022 European Championships.

“I am glad that the new competition format mirrors other major bowls events such as the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

"We are also exploring the opportunity of adding visually impaired and physically disabled para bowls disciplines alongside the mainstream Championships.

“This would establish the European Championships as the most inclusive premier bowls event in the Northern Hemisphere.”