BowlAbilities is an inclusive program designed specifically for older teens and adults with a disability to learn the basic skills of tenpin bowling, socialise and increase activity levels.
BowlAbilities is a 6-8 WEEK program that focuses on the participant’s ABILITY, not their disability. The learning of the fundamental skills of tenpin bowling improves co-ordination, balance, and physical activity levels.
BowlAbilities is run in a safe environment with lots of fun to be had by all. The use of carpets on the lanes gets the participants closer to the pins and a modified 5-frame game and simplified scoring system promotes skill development, a sense of achievement and self-confidence.
This is an amazing program that provides ample opportunities to participants in the areas of leadership, social participation and physical activity. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to not only improve their bowling skills, but also those looking to make meaningful connections and friendships and build their self-esteem and confidence to thrive across all areas of life.Beth Hasell – Community Capacity Builder – Local Area Coordinator, APM Communities, Rockingham
The program has been fantastic for our student’s confidence and acceptance that you don’t have to be perfect to be able to teach someone the basics of a sport and be involved.Jacqui Jones – Transition Officer (School-beyond) at Warnbro Education Support Centre:
- 6-8 WEEK PROGRAM: 60 minute sessions, once per week
- ON THE MOVE: Maximum of 3 participants per lane so they are always active
- SHORTENED LANES: Modified length to match ability of each participants
- SHORTENED GAMES: Modified 5-frame games (half a normal game) to keep participants focused
- CHALLENGING: No bumpers or ramps used (unless absolutely necessary) to ensure skill development
- 6 LEVELS of ACHIEVEMENT: progression based on ABILITY
- MODIFIED SCORING: Simplified scoring designed to be easily understood
- LANE RANGERS: Program delivered by trained facilitators, who have completed TBA’s training and have experience coaching participants with a disability. Lane Rangers are also encouraged to complete the Special Olympics Coaching Course
- REWARDING: Recognition of individual achievements and progress
- SUPPORT: support resources developed with assistance from Special Olympics Australia and Aspect Australia to assist delivery and communication