In recent years the game has become far more accessible for bowlers of all ages & gender with physical, sensory or learning (Intellectual) disabilities. Not all disabled bowlers need to use a wheelchair, but for those that do, there are specially designed wheelchairs for lawn and indoor bowling greens to prevent damage to the greens. Many other bowling aids have been designed and are now available enabling greater participation in the sport at all levels.
DBE pride ourselves in finding inclusive clubs for our members & first-time social players to join and enjoy the game, with disabled bowlers playing alongside and in competition with other club members with or without a disability. Friendship and support networks are formed that facilitate the improvement of an individual’s skills, their physical & mental wellbeing and confidence & self-worth, whilst providing the club a broad, diverse and inclusive membership base.
Whether you are a Club with existing disabled bowlers, an inclusive club with accessible facilities or you have been looking to develop disability bowls we would love to hear from you and have your club added to our Disability Bowls Club Finder.
Please note, we are currently working with a number of Bowls clubs up and down the Country and our Member Clubs can be found on our Club Finder, however more Bowls clubs are available and can be found:
- Disability Bowls England
- Bowls England
- English Indoor Bowling Association
- British Crown Green Bowling Association
Before attending a club, we encourage people to make contact and establish facilities are sufficient to meet individual needs.
Activity Alliance, formally English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the national sports body for disabled people in England. As the strategic lead organisation, they champion opportunities for disabled people to enjoy sport and physical activity, by supporting the sectors to be more inclusive. Activity Alliance have published the following guides to support sports club to improve physical access for disabled people