Disability Bowls England (DBE)

is the co-ordinating body for bowlers of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning (Intellectual) Disabilities.


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  • WANTED! A Men's Pair to play in the new DBE Comp at Daventry BC on 11th July. Opportunity arisen due to a "drop out" and will be filled by the first to contact: ,
  • WANTED! Disability Bowls England is holding a Pairs Competition for players with a learning disability on 20th June at Stoke BC, Coventry. They really need one more pair and if you can enter, email: by Tuesday 15th June.,
  • Good luck to the Disability Bowls England team playing against Didcot BC today. Safe journey, play well, enjoy the day, put on your sun screen and drink plenty of water.,
  • Congratulations, Norma! Thoroughly deserved recognition for all that you have put in to our sport ,
  • DBE has a correction to the "whats on" info detailed in the June Newsletter. The 2021 VIBE Nationals will be played at Beech Park House, Worthing, not Clarence BC.,

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 A Men’s Pair to play in the new DBE Comp at Daventry BC on 11th July.
Opportunity arisen due to a “drop out” and will be filled by the first to contact:

VI Pairs Report 

VI Pairs Report added to the fixtures/match reports page. 

Thank You

A massive thank you to all our members who have being out and about during Bowls England #BowlsBigWeekend showcasing DBE,the feedback we have had so far has been great so a big big pat on the the back to you all.  We would also like to thank all the clubs across England that made us so welcome and once again has shown “Bowls Is A Sport For All”

One More Sleep

One more sleep before the Big Bowls Weekend and we would like to wish everyone great success over the coming weekend Open days – The Trustees, Committee, Ambassadors and High Performance Squad will be visiting over 55 clubs during the next 4 days and hope our members will also be out and about showcasing that “Bowls is a Sport for All”

DBE & EIBA Extend Partnership 

Please visit the Latest News page for more details. 

DBE v Didcot friendly team 

Please visit the latest news page to see selected DBE team against Didcot BC

CG Trial Team 

Selected Commonwealth Games Trial Team now on the latest news page 

Regional Singles Report 


Ladies Day

Plant Welding Triples Cancelled 

it is with great disappointment that I have to CANCEL​ the Plant Welding Triples​ on June 26th and 27th 2021at Gedling IBC.


The centre is being used as a COVID Vaccination Centre and the bowls club will not be allowed to open whilst this is in place.​


We have no access at present to the bowls hall or the disabled toilet.

Message from Lee Smith 

​Hi everyone,

​As you will probably know I am leaving my role with DBE. I wasn’t looking to leave but have been offered an opportunity that I can’t really turn down. I just wanted to say how much of a pleasure it has been working for DBE. I have met some fantastic people and wish DBE and everyone involved the very best for the future. A special mention goes to Maggy and Mo for their support over the years. I will miss you all very much and will be keeping a close eye on the developments at DBE in the future. Who knows our paths may cross again in the future.

​Thanks everyone. Lee x

Message from DBE Charity Trust Chairperson

It is with the greatest regret that today I have accepted Lee Smith’s (Development Office North) letter of resignation from the DBE.

Lee has been the driving force for the DBE in the North of England, a member of the Disability Steering Group, Coach Bowls advisory group and working with the National Disability Sports Governing bodies to develop disability bowls across the different codes and will be a big loss to the DBE.

Lee’s last day for DBE is Friday 7th May and all his emails and his Job roles will be transferred to me until further notice.

We would like to thank Lee for his support and guidance these past 3 years and wish him all the best in his new role.

“We are Stronger Together”

Steve Watson

End of Season Celebration

Keep the date free – We have penciled in the end of season get together on Saturday 2nd October at Solihull BC, as have decided to make it “A Special Celebration for our friends and family that we have lost to Covid the past 18 months”, more details will be published when we have all the plans put into place and we hope many of you will attend 

Mixed Ability Triples

During the Bowls England National Championships,DBE have been allocated 2 additional rinks on Monday 30th August 2021 @ 2.30pm..We have decided to hold a mixed Disability Triples Competition on these rinks…

Each player will be made up of 1 Physically Disabled Player,1 Visually Impaired Bowler and 1 player with Learning Difficulties…

If you would like to be considered for this event,please contact Stuart Espie ,the competition secretary by email competitions@disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk before 19th July 2021.

DBE Friendly Fixture

We are looking for members,volunteers and coaches to play in a friendly at Didcot Bowling Club,Oxfordshire on Sunday 13th June 2021…please contact Mo Monkton to register your interest…



Bowls England Para Team Manager

We have a fantastic opportunity available to join our Performance Management Team as we strive towards success at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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DBE “Going for Gold”

Today we launch our Disability Bowls England “Going for Gold” campaign as part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the biggest showcase for disability bowls. Our para players will line up alongside our fellow Bowls England bowlers, to proudly represent “Team England”.

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Walking to help DBE

DBE Fund Raiser
What a great article in this month’s Bowls International about our two great fundraising hero’s – Daniel Adams and Ed Morris.
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DBE Men’s Pairs

The DBE Men’s pairs competition held at Daventry Town BC is NOW FULL!

Irene Cheer

Sad to announce the passing of
Irene Cheer, 1947- 2021 – Cottingham Yorkshire

Irene joined DBE at its inception in 2004.
She was an excellent bowler and ‘tenacious’ competitor, winning many accolades both nationally and internationally.
Possibly her greatest achievement was a Gold Medal in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. She also won gold in the World Championships in Adelaide and competed in many overseas events the last being in 2015 in New Zealand IBD World Championships.
She will be sadly missed.
Links: Paralympics, Atlanta 1996 Results and National Paralympic Heritage Trust..


If any player is looking for a Pairs Partner for any of the comps, please contact Stuart Espie and he will try and help.

The original DBE National Singles & Pairs is as per last year:

DBE NATIONAL SINGLES: Regional Qualifiers at 5 different venues in May.

2 players from each venue progress to Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Sun 25th July for the play offs’ – UP TO , but NOT including the Final which we hope will take place during the BE Nat Championships on a date yet to be confirmed by Bowls England.

DBE NATIONAL OPEN PAIRS: Play on 24th July at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Sat 24th July – UP TO, but NOT including the Final which we hope will take place during the BE Nat Championships on a date yet to be confirmed by Bowls England. (entries limited, so act fast)

NEW COMPS FOR 2021 (all played to a conclusion on the day)

6th June @ Basingstoke BC: Visually Impaired Pairs.

20th June @ Stoke BC: Learning Disability Pairs.

4th July @ Charlbury BC: Ladies Pairs. (in conjunction with a “Ladies Development Day” for female players, volunteers, coaches, markers, umpires etc…)

11th July @ Daventry Town BC: Men’s Pairs

“Let’s get the summer going.”

DBE has put the 2021 Summer Calendar of Events & Competitions on the web site and subject to Covid, hope Members will enjoy a busy, happy and successful summer of bowling.

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Applications sought for new Bowls Inclusion Advisory Group

For details and to apply,
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Taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday of the 2021 season (Friday 28th to Monday 31st May), Bowls’ Big Weekend is a national initiative offering clubs the opportunity to promote our welcoming and socially-distanced sport and attract new members.

We know that 20% of new bowlers join our sport on the back of open weekends, that our clubs want support to help recruit new players and that there are plenty of people out there who would love to have a go at bowls.
Bowls’ Big Weekend is open to clubs affiliated to Bowls England and British Crown Green Bowling Association, and is being run alongside the Bowls Development Alliance and Disability Bowls England. It takes place over the four-day period allowing clubs to organise activity that best fits within their club’s calendar and complies with Return to Play guidance.
Affiliated clubs who sign up will be able to access FREE resources, including bowls-specific workshops to help run a great event and grow your club. In addition, publicity material and creative resources for social media channels, websites and within your local community will be made available. It will be supported by a national marketing campaign to help raise awareness of the events across the country, and some clubs will get a visit from an England Commonwealth Games Squad bowler.
To ensure that you are the first to receive notification when new material is available, as well as being on our exclusive mailing list for workshops where numbers are strictly limited..

Bowls England 2021 Season Planning Updates

We will be updating you over the next few weeks regarding DBE North v South and Singles/Pairs Finals during the National Championships once new dates have been confirmed

Basingstoke BC Open

The Grand Opening at Basingstoke Town BC on 8th May 2021 has been postponed.

Disability Bowls England had accepted an invitation to the Grand Opening when players from all their disability groups were due to help showcase the Clubs upgraded disabled facilities.

It is hoped the event can be re-scheduled for later in the season and ask members to keep an eye on the web site for details.

Disability Bowls England (DBE) wish Basingstoke Town BC a happy and successful season and thank them for agreeing to host the DBE Visually Impaired Pairs Competition on Sunday 6th June 2021.

Upcoming Events


DBE have confirmed a calendar of events for the Summer!! 

Please take a look at the Calendar of Events page for more Details….

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DBE Margaret Smith MBE Shield North vs South Outdoor Challenge
29th August 2021 @3.30pm
@Victoria Park,Royal Leamington Spa

DBE National Open Singles & Pairs
30th August 2021 @2.30pm
@Victoria Park,Royal Leamington Spa

Friendly match

We strive to arrange matches across the country, not only to reduce travelling but, also, to give every member an opportunity of playing and representing DBE.  If you wish to play you do not need to be Classified, you can be a supporter, helper etc., being a DBE member is all that is required.  If your Club is interested in hosting a match please get in touch.

Don’t miss our emails

Occasionally check your “SPAM BOX” for DBE emails and add info@disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk to your address book to ensure you don’t miss anything.