Monday, 30 January 2017 10:46

Support for Clubs, Coaches and Volunteers

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.


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 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:

•    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.

We encourage every club committee to familiarise itself with the content of this handbook because disability in its various forms has an impact on every club in the country. An electronic version of the document can be downloaded from our website Alternatively, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to obtain an electronic copy.



This 4-hour module is predominantly practical and is aimed at both coaches and volunteers that would like to make their clubs more inclusive. Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module

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. 

The workshop focuses on looking at why people with a disability play bowls; what our coaching should look like; what makes an inclusive coach; how to adapt and personalise our coaching sessions; and how to communicate effectively. Using real case studies from bowlers with various disabilities and impairments including social bowlers, club members and even Commonwealth Games medallists. To book a place on a course visit or if your club would like to host a course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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?

  • Increasing the profile of the club, which can lead to more new members joining.
  • Increased club membership – the Bowls Disability Mark provides the information and confidence disabled bowlers require before they make the decision to join the club. Indirectly, they can bring non-disabled bowlers with them.
  • Significantly more likely for the club’s facilities to be hired by groups and organisations who work with disabled people.
  • Priority given for hosting Disability Bowls England competitions.
  • It is an important factor taken into consideration by funders, sponsors and potential partners when such organisations are making decisions whether to fund, sponsor or work with the club.

The Bowls Disability Mark Club Pack is available as an attachment below. If your club would like to be considered for the Bowls Disability Mark then please email George Babalev on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the next steps.



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