Swindon Bats
Swindon Bats

Swindon Bats Sports & Social Club for Visually Impaired People

Zurich Match – 22 June 2017

We played the 2nd match of the year against our friends at the Zurich Community Trust last night at Swindon Tenpin.  Players started to arrive at 6.30 pm and as shoes were changed and drinks were bought, there was some friendly banter before the match began.

Game 1 started at around 7 o’clock and during frames 4, 5, 6 and 7, sighted players were expected to wear simulation glasses to give them some idea of what different eye conditions are like.  How is it possible that, during these frames, the sighted players play better, scoring strikes and spares all the time? 

At the end of game 1 there was a short interval while scores were collected and more drinks were bought.  It seems that, at this time, Swindon Bats were leading by 3 games to 1. 

Game 2 began with the Zurich players feeling determined to win.  More strikes and spares were scored by both sides and the game ended in a draw, 2 games each.  This means that our team won with a final score of 5 games to 3.

Well done to Shaun who had the highest score for the Bats of 130, and to David for the Zurich team who scored 141. 

Thank you to both teams for a very entertaining evening.  The teams were:

Zurich:  Sam; Vicki; Emma; Tony; Molly; Rory; Shannon; and David.

Bats:      Diana; Sue; Russ; Shaun; Tracey; Glynn; Pat; and Pete.

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Tom Ferguson Memorial Competition 2017-18

Tom was a jolly Scotsman who could always put a smile on our faces. He enjoyed tenpin bowling and was very disappointed when he had to give it up in 2015. He was a very popular member of Swindon Bats.

The competition for 2017-18 has just started.

Click here for the competition rules and current league table

NBTBA Summer Doubles 2017

Summer is coming and the NBTBA Doubles competition has started.

  Click here for the full details

Sue Mead Wins National Singles Knock-Out Competition!

Congratulations to Sue who won her final game against David Evans of Morcambe 434 to 402.

Click here to see Sue receiving her trophy.

NBTBA Winter Trios Competition 2016

Two of our teams took part in the national finals.  Click here for the full report.


It's getting so crowded here that we have had to start an archive page.

Re-live highlights from our history!

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A 'Useful Links' page has been added to our site.  Click here to visit the page.

Monday Club 2017

The Monday Club meets once a fortnight for chat, a cuppa and fun and games. Dates for 2017 can be found on our activities page.



Free membership to the Registered Blind or Visually Impaired.


Sighted Volunteers Needed!


At present the club only has two sighted volunteers to help as Pin Spotters when we play tenpin bowling. Pin Spotters tell us what pins we have knocked down and which ones remain standing. They also help with finding balls and putting them away again. They may also be required to guide someone who does not see well enough to find their way around. If you are available for a few hours on Wednesday afternoons and would like to help and make new friends, please contact us.



Swindon Bats are just like you,
The only difference is what we view,
We’re men & women with different levels of sight,
Anything from an impairment to dark as night,
We often meet for coffee go on outings and trips,
Learn about new technology and share useful tips,
We have a wide range of ages from 18 to mature,
Using guide dog’s white canes to sticks and more,
But the best thing of all is we Tenpin Bowl every week,
In a national blind league True as we speak,
We’ve been National Champions more than once come 2nd and 3rd too,
We often win medals, and cups well we’ve won a few,
We bowl against local companies like Zurich and Nationwide,
Capita Lloyds Bank and others besides,
It’s all for fun to show how life still goes on,
Despite our disability when God’s mould went wrong,
So if life sometimes seems tough unfair and unkind,
Pick up a Bowling Ball as it works for the Blind.

Good Luck!

The Blind Poet

Simon B



Last Updated: 19th July 2017

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