The Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers, which has six affiliated clubs, was formed to promote, encourage and organise the playing of bowls by visually impaired people in Wales.
The six affiliated clubs are based in Newport, Blackwood, Cardiff, Barry, Swansea and Milford Haven. Unfortunately, the Association does not have any affiliated clubs in Mid or North Wales at the moment but, if any visually impaired person living in those areas is interested in playing bowls, please contact any of the numbers below to see if the Association can help in any way.
Most of the clubs play outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter and they do compete against other clubs in invitation competitions and friendly matches. There are also opportunities to compete in Welsh and UK championships and even Commonwealth games and World championships but the clubs are also happy to welcome bowlers who simply want to enjoy a sociable and relaxing game of bowls.
If you are visually impaired but still reasonably active and looking for a sports outlet, bowls might be your game – give it a try! You will be warmly welcomed at any of the clubs and you can have some instruction, free of charge, if you have not played before.
If you are already a bowler but starting to have eyesight problems, please be aware that taking up VI bowls does not exclude you from continuing to play in a sighted team. The only adaptation for VI bowlers is a thin white cord down the middle of the rink and many of our VI bowlers play for and against sighted teams.
If you are interested in finding out more about VI bowls or the club in your area, please contact any of the following:
John Wilson Tel 01792 895865
Sheila Kinch Tel 02920 400897
WSAPLD was founded in 1981 to provide opportunities for people experiencing learning difficulties of all abilities to take part in competitive and instructional sport. The association welcomes new members. It enjoys a close association with the Federation of Sport for Disabled Wales and is organised into main regions.
The flagship of the Association is the Welsh Special Games which is held every year over a 4 day period and hosted alternately by the two Regions. Competition is based on a banding system which ensures equally matched events.
For more information please contact:
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Known as WPTSA, the organisation is a registered charity which formed in 1960 in the Spinal Injuries Unit of Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff.
WPTSA works to enable people with spinal injuries to fulfil their lives through sport. The association currently funds Wheelchair Tennis, Table Tennis, Powerlfiting and Bowls.
For further information please contact Disability Sport Wales: 02920 334923
Should any of our member organsisations wish to register a complaint please refer to the attached Complaints Policy Member_Complaints_Policy_2015.docx
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