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 Disability Kitemark
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 in the autumn of 2018. The latest
“Guide to Disabled People’s Participation” is available to
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
· 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.a
· Useful contacts across a range of key organisations.
DISABILITY KITEMARK ACCREDITATION SCHEME
The Disability Kitemark 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 a Kitemark status?
· Increasing the profile of the club, which can lead to more new members joining.
· Increased club membership – the kitemark provides the information and confidence disabled
bowlers require before they make the decision to join the club. Indirectly, they can bring nondisabled
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
If you think your club might satisfy the criteria and would like to be considered then please email
George Babalev on firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the next steps.