We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2019 Disability Bowls Advisory Guide. The guide has been developed by the Disability Bowls Steering Group, which is formed by representatives from the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), Disability Bowls England (DBE), Bowls England (BE), English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA), Coach Bowls, and with support from Activity Alliance, to deliver a strategic action plan that aims to make the sport more accessible for those with a range of differing impairments.
The aim of the advisory guide is to provide clubs, volunteers and coaches with ideas and guidance on ensuring that everyone, regardless of disability or health condition, has access to the sport of bowls, whether as a beginner or an elite performer.
The Advisory Guide has been developed as a handbook for club officials, coaches, volunteers and bowlers who:
• Are committed to making their clubs more accessible to disabled people/bowlers
• Are experiencing barriers to their own or their fellow members’ participation
• Want to learn more about how their clubs can offer a more inclusive environment for disabled bowlers
The new guide encompasses all of these topics in greater detail including information about:
• Using inclusive language when communicating to disabled bowlers.
• Impairment specific adaptions that clubs may consider making to ensure the sport is as accessible as possible for disabled bowlers.
• Case studies from clubs and organisations across the country who are already providing excellent participation opportunity for disabled people.
• Disability Bowls England and the participation pathways which disabled bowlers may wish to follow.
• Adaptive Equipment, with contact details of equipment providers.
• Coach Bowls courses, including the “Working with Disabled Bowlers module”.
• Advice on Safeguarding including details of the “Safeguarding in Bowls” module.
• Useful contacts across a range of key organisations.