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 1 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 Bowls in Paddington – 21 Oct!

Paddington Sports Club, Castellain Rd, Maida Vale, London W9 1HQ
London W9 1HQ
3 pm - 5:30 pm
21st October 2021
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Indoor Bowls in Paddington – 28 Oct!

Paddington Sports Club, Castellain Rd, Maida Vale, London W9 1HQ
London W9 1HQ
3 pm - 5:30 pm
28th October 2021
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Blind & Partially Sighted Indoor Bowls in Brixton video

The video above shows a speedup version of a bowls session in Brixton  set to music 


Bowls Tournaments 2021

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

  • 17-18 April ‘21  VIBE IndoorTriples @ MidGlos IBC CANCELLED
  • 6-9 May ‘21  Weston-Super-Mare Open VI Tournament CANCELLED
  • 20-25 June ‘21   VIBE Nationals, Beach House Park, Worthing  Entry Form
  • 18-23 July ‘21   Hasting  Open VI Tournament  Entry Form
  • 17-19 Aug. ‘21  UK Outdoor VI Singles Championships. Northfield National Bowls Centre, Ayr. CANCELLED
  • 17-20 Aug. ‘21 VIBE National Outdoor Triples. Beach House Park Entry Form 
  • 3-5 Sept. ‘21  Para Home Nations (Outdoor). Scotland
  • Various DBE Outdoor events 2021 Further Details .
    N.B. DBE Membership Required


Quick link to bowls event list:

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about  blind and partially sighted bowls, please get in touch with  Wilbert Williams
Contact: or call 07956 352 199

Wilbert 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

A Guide for Coaches for Vision Impaired Bowls

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


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A big thank you to Boost for their help in supporting Metro Blind Sport Bowls
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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.


 Bowls Tournaments Summer 2020

  • 30 April-3 May, Weston-super-Mare Tournament – David Stott, 01934 625 404
  • 23 May, Yateley Bowls Club – Wilbert Williams 07956 352 199,
  • 30 May, Braintree match- Scott Vallance 01692 406 996
  • 6 June, Metro Pairs, Ravenscourt Park
  • 21-26 June, English Nationals, Leamington Spa  – Lea Ryan 07974 104 871
  • 8 July, Metro vs Hampton, Ravenscourt Park –  Jackie Venus 07977 070 036
  • 12-17 July, Hastings Tournament –  Lea Ryan 07974 104 871
  • 25 July, Potters Bar vs Metro –  Steven Jewell 07739 251 497
  • 27 July, Chelsea Pensioners vs Metro
  • 8 August, Metro Singles, Ravenscourt Park
  • Date to be agreed, English National Triples, Worthing
  • Date to b arranged Metro vs Kingston, Ravenscourt Park


 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.

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.


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 next station collection days for 2020

  • Liverpool Street station  – 31 July 2020
  • Waterloo station –  28 August 2020
  • Victoria station  – 25 September 2020
  •  Fenchurch Street –  October  2020 -TBC

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

Contact: or call 07956 352 199

Donation Link Here:


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  Wilbert  Contact: or call 07956 352 199


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