Disability Bowls at Kingscroft
Anyone who watched Para sport at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, can’t fail to have been impressed by the talent and high level of achievement by disabled athletes. The para bowls tournament did receive significant TV coverage and it is hoped that this showcase would encourage people of all abilities to come forward and try bowls.
The governing body for Disabled bowls is “Disability Bowls England” DBE for short. Kingscroft has strong links with the National body as one of our members, Helen Lewis-Wall was the team manager for the Bronze medals winning DBE team at the Commonwealth Games. Kingscroft is hosting the DBE open pairs Semi Finals in July.
DBE is the organisation that has the specific aim of delivering multi disability bowls events which includes introductory sessions and introductory competitions, individual coaching and competitive opportunities at local, national and international events.
Disability is defined as anyone that has long term health conditions, impairment, or illness that has a substantial effect on ability to do normal daily activities. This includes physical, sensory, learning, social, behavioural, or mental health conditions or impairments that have lasted or are expected to last 12 months or more.
The facilities at Kingscroft Bowls Club provide easy access to the clubhouse, the grounds and to the bowling green. We hope to purchase some aids specifically for disability bowls to enable us to offer advice and to help people take up the sport, or to be able to continue with playing bowls in the event of age related disabilities encroaching on the ability of the player.
Although DBE provide competitions and events for disabled bowlers, the use of bowling aids for the disabled should allow the disabled to play alongside able bodied bowlers and enjoy all the social benefits that playing bowls brings to everyone.
If you would like more information on how Kingscroft Bowls Club can help you to play bowls, contact the secretary on the links above, and we will advise you on the opportunities that bowls can provide.
This year our Presidents Charity is Disability Bowls. Our donate button links directly to Disability Bowls donation page.