There is a large variety of disability bowls equipment and accessories available to help players. As a result, we show here a selection of the most widely used. There is a plethora of other accessories, bowls towels, spray chalk, score cards, clothing, shoes, etc. All are available brand new from a variety of suppliers, nationally. Some equipment, aids, and accessories may be available second-hand, purchasable through bowls clubs and on-line. Importantly, great care needs to be taken buying second-hand, ensuring they are fit for purpose, in good working order and safe.
Types of disability bowls equipment
Bowls lifter, booster, and bowling arm
Dependent upon the size, bowls vary in weight between 1070 – 1580 grms (2lb 5oz – 3lb 7oz). Certain physical challenges can make picking a bowl up difficult, especially out of the ditch. The bowls lifter resolves this challenge and doubles as a jack lifter.
Similarly, delivering the bowl or jack can be difficult, therefore the use of a booster/launcher enables the ‘pushing’ of the bowl/jack.
Another option is the bowling arm. The video below shows the action and benefits of using a bowling arm. These are available in different lengths to suit your height. Bowling arms can also be used from a wheelchair using a short version.
Walking stick users need a large diameter ferrule to spread the load when on the rink/green. Ferrules can be added to a wooden/aluminium walking stick. Collapsible versions are available. The use of a walking stick also aids stability during the delivery action.
Disability bowls wheelchairs and walking frame
Wheelchairs need wide wheels to spread the load to protect the playing surface. Some require a helper to push whilst others can be self-propelled. Two main types are shown – Bradshaw Bowls Buggy and Para-handy. Battery-powered chairs have limited availability and are expensive. Wheelchairs are a very personal requirement therefore, expert help in choosing is highly recommended.
A new addition is the wheeled walking frame with wide wheels and ferrules.
It is vitally important that we have the right equipment to help with our physical challenges and to help us play this wonderful game of bowls, safely. Bowls governing bodies recognise our need hence, we have shown only those approved for use in all levels of play.
EALABA does not sell these bowls aids however, our members are regular users of virtually all these aids in one form or another. Sometimes we have second user aids for sale, these tend to sell quickly and we advertise them through our News Posts.