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Disability Bowls

About Disability Bowls

Bowls is now recognised as one of the most accessible and integrated sports readily available and can be played by almost anyone, with or without a disability.  It can be played in many formats, singles, pairs, triples and fours. It can be played in teams of whatever number you wish. It can be played competitively at local, national and international level or it can be a social pastime, whatever you want.  You can also compete with or against non-disabled bowlers in most situations.

In recent years the game has become far more accessible to people with disabilities, the development of wheelchairs designed especially for bowling greens to prevent damage to the greens along with several other aids enabling more participation in the sport.

Disability Bowls England offer playing membership: –

  • To people with a Physical Disability (PD)
  • To people with a Visual Impairment (VI) and
  • To people with a Hearing Impairment.
  • To people with a Learning (Intellectual) Disability (LD)

In categories PD, VI & LD players may be eligible to apply for a formal “Bowls Classification”. This provides competition for Classified players and a pathway to be considered for selection to represent England in several events including Test Matches, International Series, Commonwealth Games and World Bowls Championships.

In all category’s members can participate in friendly matches, attend coaching sessions, join in taster sessions & enjoy social events.

Several competitions have been arranged for non-classified players who due to their specific medical cannot obtain a formal classification.

What equipment do I need?

In recent years the game has become far more accessible to people with disabilities with the development of specially designed wheelchairs for lawn and indoor bowling greens to prevent damage to the greens. 

A list of equipment items that are available can be found on the Disability Bowls England website.


BIBC is a member of "Disability Bowls England" and if you are disabled in some way you are invited to become a member for free.

If you would like to know more about membership or be involved in future Disability Bowls England events why not join this growing organisation, please contact DBE by email: or go to the Disability Bowls England website.  Reception also has membership application forms.

How to take part

  • ‚ÄčTraining / Taster Days‚Äč - any person with any disability can come along to any these events. 
  • Friendly Matches - these may be a match for members with a visual impairment or for members with any disability and may be indoor or outdoor.
  • Competitions - Disability Bowls England run various competitions. Some are indoor, some outdoor, some open and some with restricted entry
  • Details of these can be found on the Disability Bowls England and the British Wheelchair Bowl Association websites.





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