Thanks to the BWBA you can play, on a day-to-day basis, at your own club, as a bowler and not just as someone in a wheelchair.
The BWBA is recognised as the governing body for wheelchair bowls in the UK.
It is available to help bowlers, clubs, associations and anyone with the interests of the wheelchair bowlers at heart.
Some examples of how we could help are – advising a club on improving wheelchair access; advice on equipment especially bowls wheelchairs; and offering opportunities to play in BWBA events.
Until recently the charity was based at Stoke Mandeville. Sadly, it is no longer able to use Stoke Mandeville and as a result is looking for a new home in a new bowls club.
If anyone or any club wants to look at the possibility of being the new home for the BWBA then please make contact.
The BWBA is a registered charity and has to raise all of its funds as it has no government or official funding. To carry on it relies on the generosity of others.
BWBA – A BRIEF HISTORY
The British Wheelchair Bowls Association was formed in 1982 with a handful of wheelchair bowlers at Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury.
Stoke Mandeville IBC has remained as the BWBA’s HQ until very recently. It now has a membership throughout the UK – England, Norhern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Dr. David Peacock, its first Chairman was the first wheelchair bowler proper. He was instrumental in getting wheelchair bowlers accepted into national competitions with his first success back in 1993.
Since its beginnings, the BWBA has forged links with the governing bodies of the able bodied game and these association, both national and international, look to the BWBA for guidance on issues affecting wheelchair bowlers. These links have greatly helped the integration of BWBA members within their local clubs.
To the present, the BWBA continues to work with anyone wanting to forward the interests of wheelchair bowlers and has a justified reputation for being the governing body for wheelchair bowls in the UK.