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"BOWLS - A SPORT FOR ALL"
Social and Friendship
for the Development of the Sport
1.0 Public Relations - Image
1.1 Strive to become recognized and
accepted as a serious sporting body in its country
2.1 Maintain an Internet Website
3.0 Playing the Sport
3.1 "Affiliate" all persons playing
the sport - see World Bowls Website on this aspect
4.0 Financial Considerations
4.1 Attract sponsors, key funding
agencies and commercial partners
5.1 Establish appropriate administrative
structures, appoint personnel and develop all levels of administration
6.0 Club Development
6.1 Regularly bring to the notice
of Clubs all aspects for the development of the sport at Club level with
particular emphasis on the maintaining of existing members and the recruiting
of new members, including the many examples given in the World Bowls Operational
Plan for the Development of Clubs on the World Bowls Website, such as:
6.2 Explore the opportunities of introducing the sport to all target markets, including to retirement villages
7.1 Create strategic plans for the next five years
on an on-going basis
Submitted by: The World Bowls Development Committee January 2007
ADVANTAGES OF "AFFILIATION"
From the various Development Conferences conducted by World Bowls it has transpired that in most of the National Authorities there are very many individuals who play the sport on a regular basis but have no desire to become affiliated to a club and there are clubs that have no interest in being affiliated to its Division and/or the National Authority.
What are the benefits of affiliation?
1 World Bowls in its various forms was established very many years ago to protect and preserve the sport. Its responsibility is one of stewardship and trusteeship on behalf of, and accountable directly and indirectly to, all those who play the sport.
2 World Bowls and its National Authorities, as independent bodies stand apart from all constituencies, commercial and otherwise of the sport and adopt policies that are in the best interests of the sport and for the enjoyment of its participants.
3 Individuals who play the sport are benefiting from the infrastructure and the laws of the sport developed, improved and amended over very many years by World Bowls and through its National Authorities.
4 World Bowls, its National Authorities and the Clubs cement a bond between the individual and the larger community of like-minded bowlers who recognise the need to nurture the values of the sport and ensure that they are passed on to future generations.
5 The National and Divisional Authorities provide instructional materials and supplies on all aspects of the sport without which the sport would not exist.
6 All bowlers benefit directly in the substantial "investment" made in the past. The "investment" must be protected and this can be done by becoming a member of a club and affiliated to your National Authority and by paying the nominal fee requested.
7 Affiliation is not something that is linked to competitiveness and every bowler has a moral duty to support the required infrastructure of the sport, which is a club, the County/State, then the National Authority and the international federation, World Bowls.
8 By supporting the infrastructure of the sport, a member will also have the benefit of advice on playing formats, receiving umpiring advice, participate in coaching schemes and the opportunity to visit clubs throughout the world.
9 There is of course the very old adage "if you play then you pay", and in reality, the amount you pay is indeed very nominal in proportion to the substancial benefits enjoyed.