WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM DISABILITY BOWLS ENGLAND
The beneficiaries of the charity are any players of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability
ABOUT DISABILITY BOWLS
Unlike mainstream bowls, disability bowls’ origins lie within the disability specific multi-sport organisations and clubs. It was in the past one of many sports offered to people with a physical and or visual impairment, it was used by people like Ludvig Guttman at Stoke Manderville as part of the patient’s rehabilitation. It was also included in the early Paralympics Games at Stoke Manderville.
Bowls is now recognised as one of the most accessible and integrated sports readily available and can be played by almost anyone, with or without a disability. It can be played in many formats, singles, pairs, triples and fours. It can be played in teams of whatever number you wish. It can be played competitively at local, national and international level or it can be a social pastime, whatever you want. You can also compete with or against non-disabled bowlers in most situations.
We have also seen in recent years the game become far more accessible to people with disabilities, the development of wheelchairs designed especially for bowling greens to prevent damage to the greens along with several other aids enabling more participation in the sport.
Although Bowls is no longer included in the Paralympic Games, the impact of the inclusion in the Commonwealth Games 2014, show casing the skill and potential that people with disabilities can achieve, it is hoped that this will help in the future development of sports which are accessible all. Bowls is one of these sports and is more inclusive than most.
We are therefore hoping to improve the access to the game of bowls to enable more disabled people to take it up, and through the support of the game, improve their opportunities, improve their own personal life and skills and we never know maybe to support a future champion.
Disability Bowls England aim is to be the governing and co-coordinating body of Bowls for athletes and players of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. DBE has the vision of developing opportunities and improving performance in disability bowls players with a physical, sensory or learning disability in England and contributing to UK and international initiatives. DBE is currently working with its key partners to establish a national strategy which will direct the work of the Association through to 2017 and beyond. DBE lists its major partners as Bowls England, English indoor Bowls Association, Bowls Development Alliance and Local Authorities plus voluntary organisations concerned with disability.
LONG TERM AIMS
1. More disabled bowlers
2. Adequate facilities in every club to enable disabled bowlers to play
3. Centres of excellence around the country
4. Support and sponsorship for elite performers attending international events
Address: Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Foxhill Road, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 1RL
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