The Swindon Bats Sports & Social Club was first formed in February 2006 when, following a ‘have-a-go day’ organised by British Blind Sport and Wiltshire Blind Association (now Wiltshire Sight), a group of visually impaired people decided to meet regularly to play tenpin bowling. Some of them joined the British Blind Sport Tenpin Bowling League and have been relatively successful.
In November 2006 Swindon was represented in the summer league finals for the first time and came twelfth in the country. In June 2007 two teams got through to the winter league finals held in Sheffield and one of these teams came third.
Whilst we still have a team who play tenpin bowling for the British Blind Sport league, we now play for the National Blind Tenpin Bowling Association league. We continue to be successful and two teams have got through to the winter 2015-16 finals which are to be held in Wigan in May 2016.
During the last 10 years we have been actively involved in many more activities such as:
There have also been other social events such as theatre trips and meals out. An outing is usually organised for some time during the summer season.
In January 2008 a group of members decided that it would be good to have somewhere to meet on a regular basis where visually impaired people could learn from each other how to cope with their sight loss and so the Monday Club was formed. The Monday Club meets on a fortnightly basis so members can chat and have a cup of tea together.
The club became a registered charity in February 2011. The charity number is 1140531.