Strategy and plan for future

During the Summer of 2017 the following strategy and work plan was development following the appointment of 2 part time workers, the aim is for this plan to be reviewed and updated each year.

The work plan is very ambitious and really based on a full time Disability Bowls England National officer.  The priority areas will be to build the infrastructure and capacity of the organisation to deliver its aims by enlisting and recruiting skilled and unskilled volunteers for specific roles, particularly at local and regional levels.

Also as part of this plan we are working alongside Bowls England (BE), the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA), Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) and the Activity Alliance (Formerly the English Federation of Disability Sport) and have formed a steering group, which will oversee the progress and development of disability bowls in England.

This Steering group has been the focal point behind all of disability bowls’ recent accomplishments, including the Advisory Guide to Disabled People’s Participation, Disability Kitemark, “Working with Disabled People in Bowls” module and the Love Fisher Brown Award.

The 2017-2021 strategic cycle present the Disability Steering Group with an opportunity to re-evaluate its work to better meet  the needs of disabled bowlers, clubs, coaches and volunteers and develop the sport into an even more inclusive environment for everyone.

The updated National Strategic Disability Action Plan will guide and direct all the steering group members’ work around disability over the next 3 years.  It aims the ensure collaboration and integration of the work of all key partners towards developing bowls into a genuinely inclusive sport for all by 2021.  When finalised this autumn, the plan will be accessible by download on this page of by contacting other members of the steering group.

National Strategic Disability Action Plan


Through the intervention and support of other people the aim is to facilitate a variety of opportunities for people with an impairment to participate, exercise and enjoy playing bowls.

What differences do you want to make What changes will tell whether you have achieved your aims What services and/or activities are you doing to achieve each of your aims
To improve the lifestyles and personal development of bowlers with impairments Individuals will:
Achieve greater independence, become more socially interactive and develop friendships
Have increased confidence and sporting ability
Begin to make choices and set realistic goals to ensure they feel a valued member of the group/club
Enjoy increased benefits to health and lifestyle
Become integrated in the local community
Develop skills and enjoy participation
Have opportunities to enjoy levels of success at a high level in their sport
Run taster/beginner sessions to attract newcomers to the sport
Support individuals with differing mobility and impairment difficulties to overcome the practical challenges they face when playing bowls eg promoting bowling aids to propel woods, offering signage – hearing impaired bowlers, facilitating a director for visually impaired players, advising on specialised wheelchairs for greens etc.
Deliver a competition programme to accommodate the needs of all ability levels (grass roots to elite)
Support novice players to improve their technique and skill levels Support talented players to progress in the sport (through a pathway of local to international competition and elite coaching)  
Support individuals’ involvement in local clubs and provide local/regional information and contacts 
A sports classification assessment will be offered to bowlers  
An annual Members Forum will be held to ensure the voice of members is heard and actions taken as appropriate.
To recruit a skilled voluntary workforce to provide the capacity and infrastructure to deliver the aims of the organisation (appropriate training offered as required) DBE will have the capacity to function and deliver a support and participation service to members at local, regional and national levels Specific advice, training and support will be offered for professionals and volunteers (both in practical and written materials) which will assist with their involvement with disability bowls.
Newly developed National Governing Body training modules (produced in partnership with Disability Bowls Alliance) will be used for training coaches.
Advice will be provided on accessing funding schemes for training purposes
A targeted approach will be adopted to increase volunteer involvement and to ensure a greater number of facilitators are available to help service the regional activities (local and website advertising)
Volunteers will be recruited to fulfil a variety of roles: regional co-ordinators, administrators, coaches, umpires, support workers – wheelchair pushers, wood gatherers, introductory and competitions organisers etc.
To increase participation and training opportunities An enhanced coaching and competition programme will be developed to service the needs of members encompassing all areas of activity
 Performance squad processes and training programmes will be defined
 An increased number of bowlers with impairment fully integrating in local club sessions
 A club kitemarking scheme (developed in partnership with the Bowls Development Alliance) will be implemented and clubs encouraged to undertake the assessment process
Expanded services include:
Growth in local activities: local club sessions, competitions and disability specific sessions (to include
outreach work with groups and schools who engage with people with impairment)
Delivery of increased numbers of regional competitions: eg Regional Challenge, Regional qualifying events through to National Competitions
Maintenance and defined qualification processes for National Championships
Maintenance of Home Countries involvement
Established Regional and National Squads and regular training taking place
Elite levels of competition (UK and World levels)
The club accreditation scheme will recognise good practice in clubs and ensure a safe and supportive environment and quality assurance for players and families.
To develop links with external agencies Contact lists will be developed  

Networking opportunities will be explored particularly those of a regional nature, County Sports Partnerships, local groups.
In liaison with Board member, relevant strategic committees will be serviced by designated personnel of DBE, eg Bowls Development Alliance, International Bowls for the Disabled, interface with Bowls England and English Indoor Lawn Bowling Association

Meetings attended as appropriate
Information, intelligence will be shared particularly that of a technical, education, research and funding nature.
To market and promote Disability Bowls England through appropriate media channels and in suitable formats The profile and awareness of DBE will be enhanced through utilising opportunities of marketing through websites, social media, twitter, photographic reports and published articles in publications
Promotion, sales and wearing of DBE generic bowls shirts at DBE events will enhance the organisation’s image and build a sense of belonging within the membership
Membership and activity levels will rise
Encourage members and volunteers to share information and photographs
Utilise positive imagery which celebrates the successes of disabled bowlers
Detailed results and event reports are posted on DBE website
DBE is effectively communicating regular and up to date information to members and is reaching out to all other interested parties