Bowls Disability, Equality & Diversity
Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club (BLH) believes bowls is for everyone regardless of their ability and this is enshrined in our constitution which states that the objectives of the Bowling Club shall be to provide adequate facilities and to promote and foster the game of bowls as played under the rules of Bowls England, for anyone interested in the sport regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.
Disability need not be a drawback to participating in the sport as many disabled bowlers are able to compete equally with or against non-disabled bowlers.
Under the Laws of the Game it is permissible for bowlers with disabilities to use special equipment to enable them to compete.
At BLH we encourage disabled bowlers to compete alongside their non-disabled counterparts but could arrange specific sessions for any disabled members should it be required.
We have a qualified coach and members of the Club that have been trained in working with the disabled that can assist disabled people to participate in a game that is probably the most accessible game to people of all ages and abilities.
Our excellent facilities are disabled friendly as we have disabled parking spaces available, access both into the club and onto to the playing surface. We have a disabled toilet.
Access to specially adapted wheelchairs, which have wide wheels to make them suitable to run on the playing surface without causing it damage, can be investigated if required.
The Club is in the process of applying for the Bowls Disability Mark which recognises that it has passed a comprehensive series of qualifying requirements in order to offer a first-class experience to bowlers with a disability.
Bowls Equality & Diversity
Sports Equality is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It involves changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to all members of society and ensuring that everyone can enjoy their sport, use their talents, and realise their full potential.
BLH will work with members to provide all potential and existing members with the opportunity to take part in lawn bowls and will ensure that the sport is managed and delivered fairly.
BLH recognises that inequalities exist within sport and that an unequal distribution of effort, and the use of ‘positive action’ is sometimes required to reach the most disadvantaged or excluded groups.
BLH is fully committed to all members will work together to embrace difference and diversity, disability and respect the rights of all individuals wishing to participate in bowls.
BLH works within the Policies and Procedures laid by Bowls England.
If you need any further information about the Club, please contact one of the following:
Jennie Cole, Club Chairman 01588 660 891
Sue Webb, Club Secretary 01584 711 324
Bill Wheatley, Club & County Coach 01584 819 870
Eileen Powell, Club & County Welfare Officer (Safeguarding) 01885 483 265
There are several national bowls organisations for disabled people that you may be able to join including some who hold national competitions:
Disability Bowls England: www.disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk
Visually Impaired Bowls England: www.vibowlsengland.org.uk
British Wheelchair Bowls Association: www.bwba.org.uk
English Amputee & Les Autres Bowls Association: www.ealaba.org.uk