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Disability Bowls

Club Accessibility  

We welcome new members of all ages and abilities, and in case you have mobility issues, or anything that might affect your bowling, here is some information about our disabled- friendly bowls club.

  • 3 disabled car parking spaces a short walk from the clubhouse
  • Step-free access from the car park into the bowls complex, although a slight slope once through the gate
  • 2 greens with step-free access to both. Steps and wheelchair ramp for accessing the rinks
  • Step-free access into the pavilion for seating, bar and kitchen
  • Disabled toilet in the pavilion
  • Step-free access throughout the complex
  • 2 wheelchairs for use on the greens
  • Various items of equipment available – walking sticks, bowling aids etc

On Saturday mornings, a group called the All Ability Saturday club meets for coaching sessions with bowls International Daniel Adams and a small group of volunteers that help out.  The club takes place at the Griffin Bowls Club between 10.30 to 12.30 and is for young people up to the age of 18, and youngsters with extra needs up to the age of 25 with some discretion.  The focus is on learning to play bowls, building confidence and having fun!!!!  New members are always welcome, so do come and join us!!

 

Contact Susan Chapman for more information: 07484670727         [email protected]

 

Testimonial

"As a man with Aspergers Syndrome and learning disabilities, I always found meeting people difficult. When I joined the Griffin Bowls Club at 18, in 2010, it changed my life.  I met very nice people and always enjoy playing in friendly matches and in competitions.  My confidence, my ability to deal with people and my communication skills have improved beyond recognition.  The encouragement from the Griffin Bowls Club has helped me reach levels I never thought possible.  I won gold in 2019 silver in 2022 for England in the Tri-Nations International tournament for people with learning disabilities!

I am now ambassador for Active Essex, for the 'Essex All Together' (disability) campaign and the 'Find Your Active' campaign.  I am also a Disability Bowls England Ambassador and the Learning Disability/Intellectual Disability rep for Disability Bowls England.

I recently completed my level 2 qualification in coach bowls and run weekly Saturday morning sessions with youngsters of all abilities as well as helping any member who wants some coaching.  My aim is to be a positive role model for children, and I have a passion to give back to the club and to the community of Harlow and Disability Bowls England."

Daniel Adams, April 2023