DBE Annual Presentation – 7th October

Please find attached a poster giving details of the annual presentation evening where International Caps will be presented to each player who has represented DBE since 2015.
I am aware that a few players will not be able to attend on 7th October because they will be representing VIBE in a UK Indoor Event and I wish them good luck.
If you cannot make it on the 7th October we will make a special presentation on 16th September at Daventry BC at the DBE “Inter Region Challenge” where it is expected that if available, all Internationals, competition winners and elite players will put their name forward to play.
If you are listed and cannot make either event, please get in touch and I will try and sort something out.
Mo Monkton
Disability Bowls England

National Outdoor Singles Qualifiers – 2017

National Outdoor Singles Qualifiers

Bowlers going through to the National Outdoor Singles Finals at Leamington Spa on Sunday 16th July are as follows;


Gary Swift

Gemma Broadhead


Mike Robertson

Kieran Rollings


Bob Henstridge

Jonathan Stokes


Paul Brown

Mike Diston

The format for the finals will be the same as the qualifying games.

Bowlers will draw out of the hat for which of the two groups they will play in. There will be a round robin in each group followed by the two group winners playing in the final.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the four clubs, Selby BC, Polly BC, Egham and Wellington BC’s who kindly let us use their facilities for the regional qualifiers, providing markers and sustenance throughout the two days. You were all WONDERFUL!

I wish all of our bowlers competing in both the National Singles and Pairs at Leamington on the 15th and 16th July, the best of luck and good bowling.

Margaret Smith DBE Competition Sec.




SALARY: £10,000 per annum (25,000 – £30,000 per annum pro rata)

Hours per week: 14 hours per week (35 hours full time equivalent)

Location: Home working from a flexible location with a national geographical remit. Registered Office: Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Foxhill Road, Carlton, Nottingham, NG! 1RL

Contract: Fixed Term 2 years, (subject to annual review of funding thereafter)

Reporting to: Disability Bowls England Chair

Supported by The Peter Harrison Foundation, Disability Bowls England is delighted to announce the exciting and challenging new post of Part Time National Development and Performance Officer. This is a strategic appointment and part of a national plan to increase participation opportunities in disability bowls.

The post holder will be responsible for developing programmes and interventions which increase participation opportunities for bowlers with a physical, sensory or learning disability, catering for all ages and abilities. Bowlers will be supported with their personal development, improving well-being, confidence levels and sports and social skills. Adapted aids and equipment will be utilised to ensure inclusion of individuals with varying levels of impairment.

This is a demanding role of significant importance to the disabled bowls community and we will be looking for a person who is creative, self-motivated and has good communication, organisational and leadership skills which will enable them to engage and support the voluntary and membership structure of the organisation.

The Role:

As a newly constituted organisation one of the key aims of Disability Bowls England is to develop a solid infrastructure to support the participation in bowls activities by disabled people. Activities include introductory sessions, local playing sessions, regional and national coaching and competitive opportunities, support for elite players including squad recruitment and selection for home country and international competition.

The priority areas of work to be undertaken by the Manager with the assistance of key volunteers and Board Members include:

Increasing the capacity to deliver the strategic plan through the development of a regional infrastructure. A targeted approach will be adopted to increase and support volunteer involvement and to ensure a greater number of facilitators are recruited and trained as appropriate to help service a growing programme of events and coaching activities. Volunteers will be recruited to fulfil a variety of roles.

Development of clubs and strengthening local links. Building links and partnership working with clubs throughout the country will facilitate the delivery of regular disability bowls participation at a local level. A kite marking scheme (developed in partnership with the Bowls Development Alliance) will be implemented and clubs encouraged to undertake the assessment process.

Marketing and communication. Assessing the needs of disabled bowlers is at the forefront of Disability Bowls England’s work and effective and efficient systems for communication with members will be developed. The organisation will be marketed and promoted through appropriate media channels and in suitable formats.

Exploring new networking links and ensuring existing external partnerships are maintained and developed. This could include building relationships with County Sports Partnerships, local groups, impairment and health organisations etc. Strategic committees will be serviced by designated personnel and meetings will be attended as appropriate to ensure sharing of information and intelligence and particularly that of a technical, educational and research nature (eg Bowls Development Alliance, interface with Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association and Disability Specific Organisations).

Developing Members’ services to assist individuals at every level of engagement, this could include expansion of starter/taster sessions, initiating friendly matches, introducing more DBE competitions for each level of ability. Ongoing work includes the expansion of the pathway for higher levels of play to include Disability Bowls England Regional Representation, squad training, and selection to Home Country and International Competitions.

The Person:

The successful candidate will have the drive and experience to work with a range of volunteers and organisations, both internal and external, building networks and initiating and promoting new opportunities to encourage increased participation in bowls by disabled people.

The candidate will have experience of working in a sports environment and have a knowledge of disability sport. A flexible approach to working hours is essential. The post will involve extensive travel throughout the country.

Further information and application documents can be downloaded from the

Disability Bowls England website www.disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk

Completed application forms, together with a covering letter and any other relevant documentation should be returned to Disability Bowls England, Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Foxhill Road Carlton, Nottingham, NG1 1RL or by email to paul.brown@disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk

Disability Bowls England is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all who believe they fit the essential requirement of the job.

For an informal discussion regarding this position please contact Paul Brown on 07810868015

Closing date for applications: 16th June 2017

Interview date: 4th July 2017 Venue to be confirmed

For further information please contact: Paul Brown, Chairperson DBE

Email: paul.brown@disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk

Please download and read the following documentation

DBE Application Form

DBE equality and diversity Monitoring form

Applicants Information Pack

DBE Maiden Singles – 2017

DBE Maiden Singles 2017 Report

Sixteen bowlers from across the country gathered at Gedling IBC for the inaugural DBE Maiden Singles Knockout Competition.  The competition was run over 70 minute match or first to 21.  Every bowler was guaranteed a minimum of tow matches with first round losers being entered into a Plate competition. Continue reading “DBE Maiden Singles – 2017”

Home Nations Champions – 21st/23rd April

ParaBowl Home Nations Championship 2017

The first Indoor ParaBowl Home Nations Champion between Wales, Scotland and England, took place over the weekend of 21st – 23rd April at the eight rink Newport Indoor Bowl Club, South Wales.

On the first day England played Wales in round one of pairs and triples. Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw. England dominated the pairs taking all three games. Honours were even in the triples, one win, one draw one loss.  Points at the end of the first day England 9 – Wales 3.

Next, England faced a very strong Scotland and raised their game in the triples, winning two out of three matches. The pairs followed the same score with England winning 2 out of 3 games.

At the end of day 1 England led the table with 17 points, Scotland 4 points and Wales 3 points.

Day 2 saw Scotland play Wales in the first two matches and taking 20 of the available 24 points.

England then played Scotland in the single and fours. This was a fantastic battle between these two highly competitive Nations. England won two of the three fours games, Scotland made the honours even taking two of the three singles games. With six point each England had a moral victory taking 85 shots to 84.

The Championship table at the end of day two was Scotland 30 points, England 23 points, Wales 7 points.

The pressure was back on England going into the last days play. They needed to win on four of the six rinks to secure the championship.

The final match on day 3 was Wales vs England, singles and fours. Wales were eager for victory and Scotland were there to support them.

The battle of the fours was tremendous with only a 9 shot advantage to England over the three matches but taking all 6 points. Wales fought valiantly in the singles winning 16-15 and losing 3-21 and 11-21.

England took the match against Wales 10-2 on points and winning the Championship!

England 33 points, Scotland 30 points and Wales 9 points.

This Championship was played at a very high standard with some breath taking performances. Every bowler taking part, must be congratulated for an excellent performance.

We wish to thank Newport IBC, their staff and caterers for their superb organisation and excellent food. Many thanks to the Officials and Managers of each Country and the Tournament organisers.

Congratulations England – ParaBowl Home Nations Champions 2017

Photos:  Gallery

Videos:  DBE squad National Anthem  :  Helen Wood  :  Dave Turner   Bob Love  :  Jonathan Stokes  :  

              Ron Homer  :  Steve Angus  :  Simon Wright  :  Keiran Rollings  :  Gareth Harwood  :

              Champions Chatter