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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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 Mens Pairs

The DBE Mens 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.


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


We are Stronger Together


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.

DBE Ambassador Colin

Colin Wagstaff
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Maggys Road Trip Quiz 



DBE Shirt stock has been updated

All size available to purchase for the new season. See Shop -> DBE Clothing

DBE Shirt stock has been updated

IBD Outdoor World Championships 2021


DBE Members Survey

Final date to return your form is
Friday 26 Feb 2021

We are trying to update our DBE membership information. It is essential that we have current data to enable us to apply for funding and put on events that are appropriate in the areas they are held and for those taking part.

DBE Members Survey

Calling All DBE Buddies

We Need You
We are looking for at least 5 DBE Buddies to raise money for DBE by entering the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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RIP Tony Reeves


Bowls Survey 


As we enter a New Year, it’s time to look ahead positively to the 2021 outdoor bowls season.

Last year proved there is a great appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a Covid-friendly manner. Those clubs who did open their doors provided a hub within their community for their members and experienced good levels of participation.

We know that the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on people’s ability to play bowls.​ We know you have received a few surveys from us recently but this very short one will enable us to recognise how you are feeling and what support is needed to return, whilst building a national understanding of how different groups would prefer to be supported.

Steve Watson, Chairperson of DBE said “ This has been a very challenging times for our members, not having the opportunity to meet friends on the bowling green but also having to shield these past 10 months. “We want to do everything possible to ensure that clubs can reopen safely in 2021 and that the bowling family can get back to bowls with confidence across all codes.​ Your feedback will be valuable to support the work are undertaking, in conjunction with the Bowls England, Bowls Development Alliance and the British Crown Green Bowling Association, to help make this happen.”

The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution us to ensure that we can help to get you back on the green. Deadline for completed surveys is Sunday 28th February.

Click here to complete the survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021ReturntoPlay


Daniel’s Charity Challenge 



Are You Artistic?? 


Indoor Home Nations Cancelled 


Competitions & Fixtures Postponed!!! 

Important Message from the Chairperson

In light of the latest government lockdown measures and the need to keep our members safe, we have decided to POSTPONE all DBE Competitions and Fixtures before the 31 March 2021.

More details to follow shortly

Steve Watson 


Commonwealth Games 2022 Statement 

Joint statement by Bowls England & Disability Bowls England confirming the criteria for Para Bowls Entries in the 2022 Commonwealth Games… Please visit the news page for more details…. 


Covid19 Tiers Updated

Pleased read more information on

Sport England Covid19 Tier’s Updated Information.

Honours Board

The DBE Charity Trust are very pleased to announce we have added a Honours Board (1968-2020)to our new look website…

DBE Members Survey 2020

Over the past 7 month we have been very busy reviewing and update the DBE organisation to improve the services we offer our membership in 2021.

DBE Members Survey 2020

New Membership/Volunteers Secretary

The Disability Bowls England Charity Trust Board are very pleased to announce that Judy Plater (Waddesdon BC) will be joining the DBE Committee as the new Membership/Volunteers Secretary

 Maggy Smith MBE

The DBE Charity Trust are pleased to announce that Maggy Smith has been awarded the MBE for services to the sport of Bowls for people with Disabilities in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ellen Falkner MBE

England’s three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ellen Falkner has been awarded the MBE for services to the sport of Lawn Bowls in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


New Competitions Secretary

The Board of Trustees of the DBE charity Trust would like to announce that Stuart Espie from Leighton Buzzard BC has joined the committee as the new competitions Secretary…

please follow the link for more details


Bush Hill Bowls

Please click the link for some exciting news!!!


More Players Representatives Announced 


August Championships Bonus Ball 

Click the link to see the winners so far.. The list of winners will be updated when announced.. 


DBE Seeks new Ambassadors

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New PDs Players Liaison Representative

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DBE Buddies

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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….

Disabity Bowl England Logo

DBE Margaret Smith MBE Shield North vs South Outdoor Challenge


29th August 2021 


@Victoria Park,Royal Leamington Spa

DBE National Open Singles & Pairs

30th August 2021


@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.