BOWLS DISABILITY MARK – recognising clubs who aim to be inclusive to all
The Bowls Disability Mark is an accreditation scheme developed to recognise and reward those affiliated bowls clubs who are inclusive and welcoming to disabled people.
It represents another step forward for disability bowls within England. Aside from the recognition that the accreditation will bring to clubs, it will also allow national and local bowling and/or disabled organisations to have the confidence to recommend your club’s facilities to disabled, and non-disabled people, who wish to take up the sport.
It is important that all clubs strive to be as inclusive as possible and embed themselves within their local community.
In addition, obtaining the accreditation will:
• Raise the profile of your club
• Bring your club new members
• Give your club priority for hosting Disability Bowls England competitions
• Increase your club’s chances for funding, sponsorship and facility hire
2018 Love Fisher Brown Award Winners Rookery Bowling Club.
The Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, Disability Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association, who together form the Bowls Disability Steering Group, are delighted to announce the new launch of the Love Fisher Brown Award.
The 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Para Handy and Drakes Pride, 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.
Andy Semple from Para Handy said of the Love Fisher Brown Award: “We have been lucky enough to witness first-hand the incredible positive impact of disabled bowlers on the sport of bowling. That is why we at Para-Handy Bowling Wheelchairs are honoured to be associated with the Love-Fisher-Brown award.”
All clubs affiliated to either Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association that offer opportunities for disabled bowlers are encouraged to nominate. We welcome applications from all clubs working with disabled people, including: running regular sessions for disabled bowlers; positively affecting a disabled person or group’s physical, social and/or mental well-being through bowls; or successfully integrating a number of disabled people into the club. Nominations can be submitted by anyone within the club (e.g. club member, volunteer, coach or committee member), or outside the club (e.g. disabled participant, carer, friend or relative).
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The Love Fisher Brown Award Winner will receive:
1. A Winner’s Trophy.
2. A Winner’s Framed Certificate.
3. A Para Handy Bowls Wheelchair with the winning club logo on the wheel.
4. A celebration event with Disability Bowls England.
The two Love Fisher Brown Award Runners-up will receive:
1. A Runner-up framed certificate.
2. 1 Drakes Pride Bowling Arm
Entries for the award open on Thursday 5th September at 9am and close on Friday 22nd November at 5pm. The winner and the two runners-up will be announced on 3rd December 2019.
We have received notification from Sport England that, as of November 2019, the Clubmark accreditation scheme will be coming to end.
The scheme has brought about a significant improvement in standards across the community sports sector. In part due to Clubmark’s success, there are elements of the existing scheme (e.g. safeguarding/duty of care and governance) which were positioned as ‘best practice’ at its creation but are now deemed to be essential aspects of any club’s operations.
In order to continue to promote club development, a new ‘Health Check’ tool will be launched in December 2019 on the Club Matters platform. The new tool will offer bespoke support depending on the club’s size and needs and will guide clubs through different stages of their development. Furthermore, Club Matters will continue to provide resources, tools and new content to support the development of your club and keep you up to date!
For those clubs that already have Clubmark, your accreditation will remain valid until it expires. It will continue to be acknowledged and a toolkit is being prepared to help you maintain the standards that Clubmark has promoted.
For those clubs that are interested in becoming accredited you need to express an interest via the Clubmark website by the 2nd August at the latest and be prepared to complete the process by mid- November.