Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired Bowls Banner

Bowls is a game which is very suited totally blind and partially sighted players, as only very minor adaptations need to be made. Visually impaired bowlers can play singles, pairs, triples or in teams of four.

Blind and partially sighted bowls videos below

There is no reason why visually impaired bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.

Indoor VI Bowls – Brixton – 14 Nov!

Venue:
Brixton Leisure Centre,  27 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8QQ
Time:
4.00pm - 7.00pm
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
14th November 2019
Cost:
FREE
More Info

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, please get in touch with Eric Gallacher Contact:Ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or call 0208 985 6245

Eric has asked if any Member or partners would like to help the bowlers at station collections or to volunteer at the bowling sessions, they would be warmly welcomed.

Bowls Volunteer Role description – Word Document  http://bit.ly/2j7ZAtK

A Guide for Coaches for Vision Impaired Bowls

DOWNLOAD:  VI Lawn Bowls – Coaching for Coaches by ©David J Stott – V.I.B.E

 

sport Islington logo
A big thank you to Boost for their help in supporting Metro Blind Sport Bowls
You can visit boost here: https://www.boostct.org/

BOOST CHARITABLE TRUST WAS CREATED IN 2005 TO BUILD ON OVER-LOOKED SPORTING TALENT, TO CHAMPION THE DISABLED AND DISADVANTAGED AND TO INSPIRE THEM TO OVERCOME THEIR CHALLENGES THROUGH THE POWER OF SPORT.

Vision Impaired Bowls

Although this skilful and fascinating game has been around for centuries, it was not until 1959 that the bowls started rolling for the blind, in Scotland.

Today, we use the ‘clock method’. The ‘marker’, who is stationed beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to those at the mat end, at what angle and distance from the ‘jack’ the bowl has come to rest. The ‘jack’ is the centre of the clock. So, six o’clock would be in front and twelve o’clock behind, with all other positions being relative to the clock. From the information given by the ‘marker’ the player can build up a mental picture of the ‘head’ (area around the jack), knowing exactly the position of each bowl.

The only small concession made to blind players is that a fine white centre string runs under the mat and is fixed at both ends. This is to help the bowler to judge the angle for the amount of green required.

These minor variations enable blind and sighted people to play together as they do not alter in any way the basic game (or the Bowls England rules).

From the beginning of May until the end of September we play out-doors on grass, then for the rest of the year we play in-doors on carpet.

Metro activities

Metro has helped to send many of our bowlers to the tournaments arranged all around England, the UK and abroad, through paying tournament fees; and subsidising accommodation, travel and kit.

 Yearly Station Collections

On an annual basis, Metro bowlers undertake several collection days at major London mainline stations. These collections have contributed between £5k and £6k to the Metro coffers each year.

Our Station Collections need You!

Every year our Bowlers travel to the Mainline stations list below, with collection boxes and bucket in hand and kindly help raise funds, so that Metro blind Sport can keep sharing, supplying and funding fun, sporting opportunities for individuals with a visual impairment.

Eric our amazing Bowls sport lead as always would appreciate any volunteers, Members, Guide dogs always welcomed,  who are willing to shake a tin or help get friendly passers-by to scan our QR code as they rush past!   If you have any spare time on the day below, please let Eric know detail below.

Below is List of the next station collection days

  • 26 July –  Liverpool Street Station – Old Broad Street, London, City, EC2M 7QH
  • 23 Aug  – Waterloo Station –Waterloo Station, South Bank, London SE1 7LT
  • 20 Sept – Victoria Station –Victoria Arcade, Victoria, London SW1E 5ND
  • 18 Oct   – Fenchurch Street Station –Fenchurch Street Railway Station, City, London EC3M 4AJ

For the meeting area and to arrange your time availability please call Eric Below

Contact: Eric on call Phone: 0208 985 6245 or E: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk

Donation Link Here: https://blindsport.uk/Donate

 

Want to know more?

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, why not get in touch with Eric Gallacher Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or call 0208 985 6245

 

Back to top