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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
Bowls In Focus 29 What people are sayin Premier League Bowler: "How good would I be if I had thes 10 years ago?" Club: "Our entire club will improve out o sight with these Rebound Discs" Coach: "At long last, a professional practice that I can really use!" Kelvin Kerkow: "Every bowler should have a set of th in their bag!" aining 18 training exercises Kelvin Kerkow Australia's Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist uses and endorses the Rebound Disc Practice System SEE THE REBOUND DISCS IN ACTION & PLACE YOUR ORDER AT: Website: www.rebounddisc.com.au Or contact John: 0414 397 194 Recommended as follows: SET of 6 - For the Bowler SET of 8 - Advanced Bowler SET of 10 - Advanced & Coach SETof12-Coach&Club Revolutionary Lawn Bowls Practice System Rebound Disc Practice Systems Forty/40 - Power injected into the Future! Bowls as a sport is evolving in a big way. For this very reason, it is important that we continue to remain open minded to catering to new demographics, concepts and alternate social programs that are being developed and implemented. Currently, Victoria has 60,071 members, second only behind NSW who, as of 2008 had 91,990 members (source: Bowls Australia website). In order for Victoria to continue to increase and expand on existing member- ship we need to critically analyse what we can do as a state to ensure our future success. The RVBA and VLBA 2007-2011 Strategic Plan stipulates several key strategies and actions to increase overall participation in the sport of bowls. Two fundamental strategies listed are: to 'ensure Vic- torian competitions continue to meet bowlers needs' and to 'investigate new markets that traditionally experience low participation'. Therefore, if Bowls Victoria is to achieve these objec- tives we need to explore new avenues or methods of encouraging people to become involved in the sport of bowls. Consequently this will lead to increased number of participants and bowls members. In order for this to transpire we need to offer a less formal, more social and flexible competition that is less reliant on the finer rules of the game. Hence the establishment of the Forty/40 Twilight bowls concept. Forty/40 incorporates two (2) sets of six (6) ends of triples, each set taking around 40 minutes each. Forty/40 has also seen an introduction of 'power- plays' to bowls and rotation of positions within each triple. This new package has been very well received by the bowls community and will be undergo extensive trialling at 12-15 clubs starting this month and concluding in April. The introduction and acceptance of Forty/40 will only help enhance and raise the participation numbers of Baby Boomers and the Generation X and Y demograph- ics, which we must remember, will be the lifeblood of our sport in years to come. Many bowlers may be sceptical of the projected changes or ideas that I have outlined above. However, competitions such as Forty/40 will only help to further develop bowls and help increase overall participation numbers. As a result, stakeholders will be pleasantly surprised by the benefits. Bowls will profit by increasing the number of participants that currently play, resulting in increased membership and revenue for clubs. Current bowls members will benefit from their clubs improved financial state, which will enable additional resources and updated facilities. Increased membership will also have desirable consequences for Bowls Victoria. Bowls Victoria will have the potential to attract more lucrative funding from the State Government which will enable more club support, a greater number of club programs and facilities that are not already available to clubs and specialist development squads. The ability to be able to generate revenue in sport can not be undervalued, so I ask you all to remain opti- mistic and accepting of Forty/40 and any new programs or competitions. The big picture to focus on is the poten- tial economic impact that Forty/40 could have on bowls, which will have desirable consequences for all. Interested persons should contact the Bowls Victoria Development Team on 9819 0757 for more information. Kate Benton
March April 2010