The Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Factory Eleven, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to.
Peter Gray from Factory Eleven said of the Love Fisher Brown Award: “Factory Eleven are delighted to be sponsoring the Love Fisher Brown Award 2018. To be associated with an award which seeks to identify, recognise and rewards clubs providing participation opportunities for disabled young people and adults sits perfectly alongside our own company values of inclusivity and sport for all. BowlsParc has proven to be a very popular resource for bowls clubs and coaches to date and we hope that this year’s award recipients enjoy using the BowlsParc equipment we are providing, unlocking further opportunities for social, fun and inclusive participation.”
2018 LOVE FISHER BROWN AWARD
The prize winners of the 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award are:
Furthermore, for their outstanding achievements over the past year and the quality of their nominations, the following clubs have been Highly Commended: City and County of Bristol IBC; Lincoln & District IBC; Riverside IBC; and Stoke BC.
On behalf of the award panel, George Babalev (Club Development Co-ordinator and Disability Lead for the Bowls Development Alliance) said: “The standard of entries proved to be exceptionally high and the nature of the activities detailed within them were both inspiring and humbling. All sixteen entries had much to be commended for and it is extremely heartening to hear of the fantastic work that is taking place to provide opportunities for disabled people to participate in bowls. Ultimately, however, there has to be a winner and Rookery Bowling Club were the award panel’s choice to receive the 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award with the entries from Peacehaven & Telscombe BC and Donyngs IBC securing the two runner-up prizes.”
Throughout the year, Love Fisher Brown Award entrants will be profiled, and their great work showcased. We will soon be uploading case studies about the nominated clubs which you can access as attachments at the bottom of this page.
The Bowls Development Alliance, working in partnership with Disability Bowls England, Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association and Activity Alliance have produced a support package for clubs, coaches and volunteers who wish to develop their workforce, facilities and activities to better cater for disabled participants. Our package includes the 'Guide to Disabled People's Participation', Working with Disabled People in Bowls module and the Bowls Disability Mark.
GUIDE TO DISABLED PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION IN BOWLS
First launched in March 2014, the 'Guide to Disabled People's Participation' offers ideas and guidance on ensuring that everyone, regardless of disability have access to the sport of bowls from a beginner through to the elite performer.
This advisory guide provides additional information and support for clubs, coaches, bowlers and volunteers on subjects such as disabled participation, adaptive equipment and funding.
The guide is updated annually, with the newest update expected to be published soon. The latest “Guide to Disabled People’s Participation” is available to download below.
The new guide encompasses all of these topics in greater detail including information about:
'WORKING WITH DISABLED PEOPLE IN BOWLS' MODULE
This 4-hour module is predominantly practical and is aimed at both coaches and volunteers that would like to make their clubs more inclusive.
The theory elements of the workshop focus predominantly on inclusive coaching regardless of the disability of the individual and cover the basics of working with bowlers with different impairments. By the end of the workshop those attending will be able to:
· Reflect on past experiences; recognise and share best practice.
· Make appropriate modifications, adaptations and progressions to a planned session to include all participants.
· Explore the participant pathway for disabled participants within bowls.
BOWLS DISABILITY MARK
The Bowls Disability Mark has been developed to recognise and reward those affiliated bowls clubs who are fully inclusive and welcoming to those people who wish to bowl who have a form of disability. It can help clubs follow the right steps towards becoming a fully inclusive club.
What are the other benefits associated with such a status?
National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSO’s) provide opportunities for people with specific impairments to take part in, as well as offer advice and support. For many disabled people, the NDSOs are the starting point to get involved in sport and if they choose to develop their talent. They also support National Governing Bodies of sport to deliver more inclusive programmes. The NDSO’s work closely with the Activity Alliance to achieve their collective aims.
If you are interested in learning more, contact one of the organisations below:
Activity Alliance is the strategic lead for sport and physical activity for disabled people in England providing support to National Governing Bodies and a range of other partners to develop sport for disabled people in England.
British Blind Sport (BBS)
Since its formation in 1976, BBS has become the leading voice for blind and partially sighted people in sport and leisure in the UK. From grassroots to Paralympic representation, BBS encourages participation in sport at all levels
Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport)
CP Sport are the sports organisation for people with Cerebral palsy. They provide advice and guidance as well as delivering sporting opportunities to people of all abilities, from play to performance.
Dwarf Sports Association UK
Launched in 1993, the Dwarf Sports Association UK aims to make opportunities accessible to anyone of restricted growth in the UK.
Mencap Sport is the national organisation promoting and developing sport for people with a learning disability across England.
Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB)
SOGB is a provider of year-round training and competition opportunities for people with a learning disability across England, Scotland and Wales. They also offer a “Find a club” service, accessed via http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/find-a-club1
UK Deaf Sport (UKDS)
UK Deaf Sport encourages people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate, enjoy and excel at sport. They provide information on sporting events throughout the UK and are linked and affiliated to ICSD (the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) as well as Deaflympics.
WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, provides opportunities, facilities and equipment to enable disabled people to participate in sport and lead healthy active lives. Through its annual programme of events, links to its member sports associations and other organisations, WheelPower supports individuals to find sports which they are passionate about.
LimbPower is a National Disability Sport Organisation that supports amputees and the limb impaired reach their sporting potential. The Charity's mission is to engage amputees and the limb impaired in regular and sustained participation in recreational and competitive sport, to improve quality of life and aid physical, social and psychological rehabilitation. LimbPower aim's to put each amputee and limb impaired person in touch with the right sport and leisure activity for their needs and ability.
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What is the “Play Bowls Package”
The Play Bowls Package has been designed based on the successes of the 2013-2017 Package Scheme which saw nearly 9,000 new people take up club memberships! The scheme aims to provide clubs with the necessary financial and non-financial support to continue to grow and sustain the number of people playing bowls within their facilities.
£250 is available for affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) to deliver a Play Bowls Day (Open Day) followed by 4 x Play Bowls 4 Fun sessions, which are an informal, relaxed, coaching session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment!
Once all the events are finished and the completed Play Bowls Package Attendance Monitoring Forms are returned to the BDA Office, (forms supplied along with guidance notes) and providing the club has attracted at least 7 new members aged 55 and over or aged 16 and over with a disability, a cheque for £250 will be sent out to the club. (If less the 7 members are retuned the amount is pro-rotated down accordingly)
How can my club apply?
Clubs can apply for one package per year during a package application window and it is open to all affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) clubs that have a Coach Bowls registered or Coach Bowls Qualified coach.
The application window is currently open and will remain open for applications until 5pm on Monday 30th September 2019. Please note applications must be submitted at least 28 days prior to the first event Play Bowls Day (Open Day)
The next window will open on Monday 3rd February 2020 and close at 5pm on Thursday 30th April 2020.
Please see the downloads section below for the 2019 application form along with terms and conditions.
The Bowls Development Alliance working in partnership with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd has a desire and a duty to provide services fairly, without discrimination, and is fully committed to the principles of equality of access and opportunity. It is widely recognised that sport has an important role to play in society. In this respect the partnership has developed this Equality Policy to illustrate its commitment to the principles of equality of opportunity.
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Disability Bowls England (DBE) is an organisation that aims to develop opportunities and improve performance for anyone with a physical, sensory or learning disability. The organisation currently offers a FREE membership scheme and as members individuals can access a series of events and activities.
For those wishing to take up the sport of bowls there are a number of training/taster days run across the country to which any player with any impairment/s can attend. DBE also organise friendly matches which can be played indoor or outdoor and are sometimes focused on a specific impairment. There are competitions some of which are OPEN to all and others that have restricted entry.
Details can be found on the DBE website www.disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk
Inter-Region Challenges: all DBE members can be nominated to represent their region. As this is a top performance event the regional teams are selected using performance related criteria.
Elite Trials: trials and performance records will be used to select players/directors for elite events.
Players with the classification B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8 and directors of visually impaired players may be nominated for a trial. For more information on classifications please contact Disability Bowls England directly on 07810 868015.