Club Information Conference a success

by Aaron Delaporte on March 9, 2020

Around ninety individual members representing thirty five clubs attended the inaugural Bowls WA Club Information Conference at Trinity on Hampton, 230 Hampton Rd Crawley on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 as part of the Winning Drive program which focuses on club development areas to build sustainable clubs through out Western Australia.

SportsWest’s CEO Rob Thomson opened the conference with a focus on club support networks and the importance of communication within clubs to share knowledge, information and expertise for the benefit of the sport.

Fifteen individual information sessions were held across five hours of the conference on various club related areas including synthetic greens, irrigation, shades structures, chemicals and fertilisers umpiring, coaching, community engagement, liquor licensing, bowls link, social media, planning, governance, grants and sponsorship.

Presenters included Bowls WA staff and volunteers in coaching and umpiring, Bowls Australia’s regional Bowls Manager Clive Adams plus experts in various fields with contact information listed below.

Many favourable comments were received following the event including the following from John O’Brien Secretary at Merriwa Bowling Club

“I just wanted to thank the other Bowls WA staff and presenters on a great afternoon yesterday.

It was mentioned several times during the day how good it was the socialise with other Clubs in an informal environment.

It was also great to do the group activities where you could share ideas and learn off each other.”

Bowls WA thanks our various presenters and those who attended the sessions and we look forward to running another Club Information Conference in the future.

Club Information Conference – Sessions and Presenters

Liquor Licensing -Karen Giles Clubs WA 9417-7149
Coaching Novice and Club Bowlers – Tony Hockey Bowls WA State Coach and Jaewyn Norton Bowls WA Coach Education Coordinator.
Shade Structures for Bowling Greens – Peter Kamols Mak Max Australia
Future of Bowls Link – Aaron Delaporte Bowls WA 9340-0807
Bowls Greens Lighting – Brendan Balcombe Aurora Electrical Services 9434 5799
Bowling Green Lighting Presentation
Planning and Governance – Phillip Gregson Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Chemicals, Fertilisers, Pests and Diseases – Josh Walker Nuturf
Community Engagement – Clive Adams Bowls Australia
Community Engagement Presentation 
Becoming a Presenter and Assessor – Michael Garratt Bowls WA Umpire Chair and Jaewyn Norton Bowls WA Coach Education Coordinator.
Synthetic Turf and Irrigation – Mark Frazer Evergreen Synthetic Grass Elliot Taylor Elliotts Irrigation 9342 0636 Jim Powell Bowls WA Greens Chair
Grants and Sponsorship – Clive Adams (see above) and Phillip Gregson (see above)
Grants and Sponsorship Presentation
Advanced Coaching – Therese Hastings Bowls Australia Coach and Bowls WA State Coach.
Umpires and International Technical Officials – Mike Garratt Bowls WA Umpires Chair
Marketing through Social Media – Hailey Packer Pacmentality Consulting
What do you need in a Club or Individuals Umpire Kit – Sue Hogg Bowls WA Umpire.