New Earswick & District bowls club are delighted to be awarded the Disability Kitemark. The club has a longstanding and well attended weekly disability session called ‘Bowlsability’ held on a Friday lunch time this gives participants the chance to enjoy Boccia, Indoor Bowls, Short Mat Bowls.
It is absolutely essential that all clubs strive to be as inclusive as possible and embed themselves within their local community, and this Kitemark represents a way to recognise clubs who are already doing this.
Disability Steering Group (Disability Bowls England, Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association) had this to say “The Disability Kitemark Accreditation Scheme has been developed to recognise and reward indoor and outdoor flat green bowls clubs who are fully inclusive and welcoming to those people who wish to bowl who have a form of disability. New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club was one of the first clubs in the country that expressed a desire to obtain the accreditation, and was subsequently quick to meet all the criteria to be awarded the Kitemark certificate.”
Aside for the recognition that the kitemark will bring to clubs, it will also allow national and local bowling and/or disabled organisations to have the confidence to recommend your club’s facilities to disabled. And non disabled people, who wish to take up bowls.
Greg Stephenson, Stadium Manager at the Club, said “It’s great to see the many years of hardwork from our volunteers and club members for those with disabilities get recognition, our weekly session is an important and enjoyable session for those who attend and supports the clubs efforts to be a true community venue. We also have plans to motorise 1 of our manual wheel chair buggies which will enhance our provision even further.