Bowls England is urging its members to help a bowls development initiative to win National Lottery cash.

‘Just Bowl’ has been created to take the sport of bowls out into the community – using portable and adaptive equipment to engage with care homes, leisure centres, sheltered housing and community spaces.

It has now made the final shortlist from over 600 nominations in the sports category for a National Lottery Award, with the winners determined by a public vote that closes on Wednesday 20th July.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Just Bowl was developed by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) and over the last 18 months 1,700 new people have tried the sport of bowls with more than 600 of those are participants with a disability. Throughout this time, the BDA has worked with 74 different organisations across 138 projects nationally, training 151 new session leaders who now deliver the sport of bowls within their own places of work. It is a tremendous achievement for Just Bowl to be shortlisted and, as a key partner of the BDA, Bowls England is keen to encourage its members to vote so that this excellent project can win not just cash but also wider recognition for the sport.”

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery funded projects. Lottery players raise £36 million each week for projects all across the UK and the Awards are a great way to highlight how that funding has changed the UK for the better.

The winners in each category will be invited to a star-studded awards event to be broadcast on BBC One. In addition to the Lottery funding that all schemes have been awarded, the winners will each receive a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

To vote for Just Bowl, visit: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/sports. For more information on Just Bowl, visit: www.justbowl.org or follow @BDAJustBowl on Twitter.