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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
30 Bowls In Focus Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Lifting The Lid’. On an ongoing basis, Bowls Australia, the nation’s governing body for lawn bowls, will provide the wider community with an in-depth look at the issues currently facing the sport. With that in mind, what better time to reveal the findings that have recently been released in the first National Bowls Census? I trust you will find it informative. Neil Dalrymple Bowls Australia CEO 2010 National Bowls Census Report Bowls Australia recognises that membership and participation is fundamental to the success of the sport in an increasingly competitive environment. While formal membership of bowls clubs has been reducing for many years, anecdotally, participation in social and corporate bowls competi- tions is believed to have increased significantly. As a result, there was a clear need to develop a much better understand- ing of the spor t’s participation across all levels, with a National Bowls Cen- sus commissioned in order to monitor and plan lawn bowls’ long-term development across Australia. Following an exhaustive process- which was executed through the co-operation and collaboration of all state and territory associations, as well as a substantial propor tion of bowls clubs nation-wide- the follow- ing information is a snapshot from what was gleaned in the 88-page document: There were 514,486 participants playing bowls in Australia in 2010, who were spread across: 158,548 pennant participants; 186,738 participants in other competitions for members; 165,594 partici- pants in social, cor- porate and school competitions and programs. The 60-74 years age group is the largest bowls par- ticipation cohort, with 42% of par- ticipation in 2010. The 75+ years age group and 40-59 years age group contributed 24% and 22% of par ticipation re- spectively, while the age groups under 40 years contributed a total of 12% of par ticipation. Non-met- ropolitan, or country, par tici- pation outstrips metropolitan par ticipation in bowls. In 2010, 59.5% of participants were in coun- try regions (although these country regions ac- commodate just 38.6% of Australian residents). With that in mind, it is intended that the National Bowls Census will become one of the main information systems for future development and benchmarking for bowls, as it has for other high profile sports. Data collection for the census will occur annually in the March to April timeslot, with reporting and results completed by mid-year. Over the coming weeks, each and every bowls club in Australia will receive a full copy of the inaugural National Bowls Census and it is en- visaged that we obtain further traction with our clubs in 2011 to get the most accurate figures available for the spor t of bowls. Data collection forms will be dis- tributed to each club shortly, and as an added incentive, clubs who par- ticipate in the Census will go in the running to receive one of 10 coaching clinics personally conducted by Australian coach and former world champion Steve Glasson. During the coaching clinics, Steve will talk freely about his time in the game and we’ll also spend some time fine-tuning techniques and putting some bowls down. It is impor tant to mention that all club data is held confidentially by the census facilitator, Street Ryan & Associates Pty Ltd, and is not shared with Bowls Australia, STAs or any third party. What the figures do allow the spor t to do, however, is to develop strategic planning and decisions based on the evidence found from the data and to strengthen funding requests across all government organisations. In fact, the recent injection of development funding from the Australian Sports Commission of $1.6 million over the next four years was largely due to Bowls Australia’s capacity to demonstrate accurate census figures. The response of every club is cru- cial to the validity of the census data, and I look forward to the suppor t of all clubs in 2011, and to the long-term prosperity of bowls within Australia. Please note, a copy of the inaugu- ral National Bowls Census will also be made available at www.bowlsau- stralia.com.au. 2010 NATIONAL BOWLS Census Report Health Through Bowls Health Through Bowls Jane McMenaman Dreaming of a Winter Escape 28 Day stays - 2 bedroom apartment with sea views at $460 per week 14 day stays - 2 bedroom apartment with sea views at $500 per week Pandanus Coolum Beach Resort Email or call us today: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.pandanuscoolumbeach.com Phone: 07 5446 3905 May - June 2011 Special
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