insport Club of the month: Talgarth Bowls Club
Talgarth Bowling Club have been awarded insport Club of the Month for their continued work towards inclusion and for achieving insport Ribbon standard.
Talgarth Bowling Club is a small and friendly flat green bowling club at the heart of its community. The club delivers Outdoor Bowls opportunities to members and caters for a wide range of abilities. It is affiliated to the Welsh Bowls Association and offers local and regional, recreational and competitive bowling opportunities.
We spoke to Audrey Micklewright Secretary at Talgarth Bowls Club about their insport journey, she said “one of our members has a visual impairment, so we contacted the DSW to see if there were any grants for equipment and to make the Club house and Bowls green more accessible. Beverley Tucker the Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for Powys mentioned the insport Ribbon award and helped the club achieve the award with the club secretary becoming the lead officer”
Audrey continued “we have held a successful VI Bowls competition with John Wilson of Wales Para Bowls, and they are due to return for an annual match in July. We have one member with a learning disability who has been taking part for numerous years and is fully included in the clubs training and competitions. We hope this award will help promote our inclusive approach and encourage more people to try bowls in the area. Talgarth Bowling Club is keen to promote bowls as a sport for all and we have a long established primary school coaching programme. Bowls is a low-impact exercise that can improve health, wellbeing, co-ordination and confidence and be enjoyed by all”
When asked what advice they would give to other clubs looking to become more inclusive, Chairman Malcom Dodds said “focus on every individual and what they can do; be positive and make the sport fun. Work together as a club to remove any barriers that may exist, like access to the facility. For our members, with the help of the Keith Morris Appeal we installed a new rail into the club house to assist members with ease of access. We found that running taster events brings more people to the club as we able to show what is on offer.”
He added “moving forward we would like to progress to insport Bronze in the next year with the Community Sports Development officer Nicola Jones”
Bev Tucker DSWDO for Powys said “I am delighted that Talgarth Bowls have achieved the insport Ribbon award. They have been proactive in offering inclusive opportunities in the community for many years. The club have taken the initiative to update their facilities, and host a Para bowls competition for the second year running and fully deserve to be selected as Disability Sport Wales Club of the Month”
Gerwyn Owen Disability Sport Wales performance pathway manager added “Congratulations to Talgarth Bowls club on achieving insport Club of the Month award. Para Bowls has seen a significant rise in participation especially since its inclusion in the Commonwealth Games programme in Glasgow 2014. Working alongside Bowls Wales and key volunteers such as John Wilson of the Welsh Association of Visual Impaired Bowls, there has been participation and development days to increase the profile and perceptions of the sport. The key has been the integration of bowlers within the bowls clubs throughout Wales, and the recognition that bowlers with a disability can compete at any level”
If you would like to go along their practice night on a Tuesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm please contact the Club secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org