Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

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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 video  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.

Outside bowls continue, weather permitting!  Unfortunately  we cannot go indoors because the indoor Green is not open yet due to works being undertaken

Quick link to bowls event list:

Want to Try Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls?

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about  blind and partially sighted bowls, please get in touch with Lucy simper
Contact: or Phone: 07966 260089


Interested in becoming a Bowls Volunteer?

Wilbert has asked if any members 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 


Metro Blind Sports Subsidy Information


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 outdoors on grass, then for the rest of the year, we play indoors 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.


Bowls Tournaments 2021

N.B. All events are subject to Coronavirus restrictions and may be cancelled at short notice.


A Guide for Coaches for Vision Impaired Bowls

DOWNLOAD:  VI Lawn Bowls – Coaching for Coaches  by ©David J Stott


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A big thank you to Boost for supporting  our Bowls events
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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.

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 Wilbert know detail below.

Below is List of the station collection venues

  • Liverpool Street station
  • Waterloo station
  • Victoria station
  •  Fenchurch Street

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

Contact: or call 07956 352 199

Donation Link Here:

In light of the current situation with coronavirus, unfortunately, a decision has been made to cancel all future bucket collections at Network Rail managed stations until further notice. As we’re sure you can understand, we are doing all we can to follow advice which will help minimise risk at this time.



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