To conclude Disability Bowls August with a bang, the final press release of the month focuses on the inaugural National Disability Strategic Action Plan (NDSAP) which is launched today, publicly for the first time having been in development since January.
The purpose of the NDSAP is to provide the sport with clear direction which all of the key organisations and individuals can buy in to, progress and be measured by. From the initial content meeting in January at which fifteen organisations were represented to the first Disability Steering Group, appointed to oversee the implementation of the strategic actions, in June there has been an increasing focus on developing the sport of bowls to become truly inclusive across all of the various facets be that competition, grass roots participation, coaching or funding support.
The aforementioned Disability Steering Group compromises Paul Brown (Chair – Disability Bowls England), Paul Humphreys (BDA), Alistair Hollis (Bowls England), Stephen Rodwell (EIBA), Jess Cook (English Federation of Disability Sport), Ellen Falkner (AeroBowls UK) and Mo Monkton. Each individual is responsible for overseeing an area of the Strategic Plan and ensuring the relevant actions are delivered as agreed. Further to this, a number of the Steering Group members are responsible for communicating the progress of the NDSAP throughout their networks to partner associations, clubs, coaches and volunteers to ensure the whole sport is fully briefed on the impact the NDSAP is having.
The National Disability Strategic Action Plan can be downloaded via http://playbowls.org/disabilitybowls/overview.