Development Pathway


Development Path - TRophiesBowls is recognised as one of the most accessible and integrated sports Disability Bowls England (DBE) aims to provide opportunities for anyone with disabilities. Bowls can be played competitively at a local, national and international level or can be enjoyed as a social past-time.

As a member of DBE you have access to a wide range of opportunities including taster days, friendly matches & competitions.

Taster DaysTASTER DAYS: are arranged across the country for new players or groups wishing to try the sport – if you are interested in arranging or attending a taster day please contact

Taster-dayFRIENDLY MATCHES: are open to all our members, players and volunteers please click here for the latest list of fixtures and how to put your name forward for selection – we welcome players of all abilities. It is an opportunity to meet other members and develop match skills please contact

We run three types of COMPETITIONS::

  • Unclassified competitions – competitions for any player with any disability without a formal bowls classification.
  • Open Competitions / Events for any player with any disability – with or without a formal bowls classification.
  • Classified Competitions – competitions for players with a formal bowls classification.

Please click here for full details of the classification system

Please click here to see our Calendar of Events or email for further information.

International Development PathDBE also has a High Performance squad from which teams are selected to represent DBE in International competitions.

International Development PathPlayers with a formal Physically Disabled or Visually Impaired Bowls Classification and Directors for players with a visual impairment can apply to join either or both the Indoor & Outdoor High-Performance Squads. The High Performance squad is renewed on a 2-year cycle.

The selectors consider the requirements for the upcoming international events program including classification and gender requirements.

Players performance in club, county, DBE, national and international competitions form an important input into the selection process. It is recommended that players with aspirations to represent DBE at an international level take part in competitive bowls as an opportunity to showcase their talent.

The chart below shows the competitive opportunities open to you.

DBE Pathway Chart (updated Nov 2022)