We are pleased to offer opportunities for bowling to players with infirmities or disabilities, including …
Bowling arms for players with disabilities or who struggle to get low down when delivering
A wheelchair that is designed to be used on the green when bowling
A rubber ferrule especially designed for walking sticks so ordinary sticks can now be used on the green without incurring damage
A bowls and jack lifter to aid players picking up their equipment on the green
Red & blue lollipops to help visually impaired or deaf players see who is holding shot
There is easy access to our bowling green from the surrounding walkways by sloping ramps at each corner. This allows easier access for wheelchair bowlers. Additionally wheelchair bowlers will usually bowl on either of the outside rinks of the green to allow them to use the extra space alongside these rinks to facilitate their movement from end to end during play. There is ramp access into the clubhouse, so wheelchair users are not excluded from enjoying themselves after the rigours of competition. As expected we also have a very spacious disability toilet close to our main entrance.
Playing & coaching aid
Over more recent years our Club has aided players with all sorts of disabilities including blindness, deafness, arthritis, parkinsons, poor mobility, autism, adhd and restricted movement. Apart from physical problems we are also aware of the mental relaxation & mindfulness the game of bowls can deliver. With the help of our coaches and members we know we can overcome many problems and build new lives through the sport of bowls.
Sarah Marshall (our World blind bowling champion)
The club is extremely pleased and proud to have Sarah Marshall as a member. Sarah is classified as a visually impaired bowler and her daily life is assisted by her guide dog, Willow, who will often be seen at the club lying patiently waiting her owner’s match to finish.
Sarah is a National Champion in Class B1 of Visually Impaired bowling, a bronze medalist in the World Disability Games held in New Zealand in 2015 and a world champion at the 2017 World Blind Bowling Championships in South Africa. That achievement was also down to the support she received not only from members with our club but also from members of the Hertfordshire Bowling Community. Particular mention needs to be made of her director Linda Ralphs and everyone who helped raise the money so that she could be here. Special thanks to Brian Ralphs for all he has done and his images of the event; click to see each of his five albums – Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4 & Part 5 (the England team awards). More info can be found here.
She participates in Club, District & County matches and competitions against sighted players; indeed in 2017 Sarah was selected as a member of the Hertfordshire Ladies 2017 Johns Trophy squad to play in the National Competition; the first blind bowler to play for Hertfordshire in this competition – a tremendous achievement against some of the best sighted Ladies bowlers in the country!
Sarah’s accuracy and precision are something to be seen to be believed. Below is a short video of her in action – how sighted bowlers wish they could put their woods on to the jack like that!
Our efforts in seeking to promote the playing of disability bowls has resulted in the club winning the Dacorum Disability Sports Trophy in both 2014 and 2015 and to Sarah Marshall in 2017; this trophy is awarded annually for contribution to Disabled Sport in the Borough.