Grow your Club
Different approaches to growing club membership have been initiated across the country. Organizations such as schools, YMCA, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, etc. are often looking for new activities to try with their participants. Lawn Bowling is something that everyone can feel comfortable playing right away. You can introduce lawn bowls in a gym, community centre or on the green. Organizing children into small groups and setting up station activities to rotate through provides excitement and lots of opportunity. Sample stations could include Singles games, Wedge Score, Sliders, Kounters, and Jack Throw. Have Bowls Club Coaches on hand to help teach the basic skills and provide support for the new participants. Be sure to leave brochures for how to find your club!
Spread the Word
- Some provincial organizations and clubs have concentrated recruitment strategies. The Ontario Lawn Bowls Association is currently running “Give it a Try”. This promotional program also has dynamic display units that can be set up in malls, community centres or at local events. Many clubs offer similar programs during their playing season.
- Running a beginners program and registering with your local municipal parks and recreation association is a great way to reach your entire community.
- Invest in some basic club brochures and target local like-minded winter clubs such as curling, broomball and badminton.
- Rent your club out for local functions and add a lawn bowls activity component. Birthday parties, corporate team building events, and charity tournaments are a great way to introduce bowls and your club to the community.
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