One of the five key recommendations of the 2014 National Disability Survey Report was to establish a national award that recognises the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers which will showcase these clubs for others to aspire towards. Therefore, in October 2014, the Bowls Development Alliance announced the launch of the Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by AeroBowls.
This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, is an opportunity to recognise and promote the great work of many clubs and organisations who already provide participation opportunities for disabled bowlers.
Ellen Falkner, CEO of AeroBowls UK, said of the Love Fisher Brown Award, “AeroBowls is delighted to be working with the Bowls Development Alliance to try to help to grow the sport and encourage more disabled people to get involved. We are honoured to sponsor the Love Fisher Brown Award which aims to recognise and acknowledge the great work already being undertaken by clubs and other local organisations to make bowls more inclusive and accessible to all members of the community“
Berkhamsted BC were an entrant in the 2014/15 Love Fisher Brown award and a fitting example of the fantastic work going on around the country as they used the award to showcase their work with disabled bowlers. This included regular sessions with University of the Third Age and annual fundraising activity for the Chiltern MS society. As a club, Berkhamstead BC demonstrated their commitment to inclusive activity to such an extent that they wrote into their constitution the importance of offering adaptive sessions in order to ensure that everybody can play bowls at their facilities.
The winner of the Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by AeroBowls will receive:
- The Love Fisher Brown trophy
- A framed certificate
- Inclusion in the BDA Club Development Package programme
- 1 set of AeroBowls
- The offer of a celebration fixture versus a Disability Bowls England select side
The two runners up will each receive:
- A framed certificate
- 12 AeroBowls delivery mats.
Entries for the award open on Thursday 1st June 2017 and close on Tuesday 31st October 2017 with the winner of the Love Fisher Brown Award and two runner up's announced on, or before, Thursday 30th November 2017