Members 2021The sport of bowls is true “Sport For All” and people with a disability can play & compete with or against non-disabled bowlers. It is one of the most accessible and integrated sports readily available.

In recent years, the game has become far more accessible to people with disability and the development of specially designed wheelchairs and other aids enable greater participation.


Disability Bowls England offer playing membership: –

  • To people with a Physical Disability (PD)
  • To people with a Visual Impairment (VI) and
  • To people with a Hearing Impairment.
  • To people with a Learning (Intellectual) Disability (LD)

In addition, membership is available: –

  • To Volunteers/Helpers/Coaches/Visually Impaired Directors
  • To Clubs

In categories PD, VI & LD players may be eligible to apply for a formal “Bowls Classification”. This provides competition for Classified players and a pathway to be considered for selection to represent England in several events including Test Matches, International Series, Commonwealth Games and World Bowls Championships.

In all category’s members can participate in friendly matches, attend coaching sessions, join in taster sessions & enjoy social events.

Several competitions have been arranged for non-classified players who due to their specific medical cannot obtain a formal classification.

In recent years the game has become far more accessible to people with disabilities with the development of specially designed wheelchairs for lawn and indoor bowling greens to prevent damage to the greens. Several other aids are now available enabling more participation in the sport and available to purchase from our Disability Bowls Equipment supplier.

Whether you are a Club with existing bowlers with a disability or if you have been looking to develop in this area, why not contact us. We would love to hear from you and for you to get involved with Disability Bowls England.

If you would like to know more about membership or be involved in future Disability Bowls England events why not join our growing organisation, please contact us by email:

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