Bowls WA Club Forum

by Aaron Delaporte

Bowls WA invites club executives and committee members to attend a day of information and knowledge sharing at the inaugural Club Forum on September 2nd 2022 at Cockburn Bowling and Recreation Centre.

This all day event will focus on the themes of Culture, Leadership and Inclusion and is a must attend event for clubs heading into the 2022/23 season.

Entry Cost is $50 per person with a two course lunch provided plus tea and coffee.

Book your place at the Bowls WA Club Forum here

When you sign up for the forum an opportunity exists to ask any questions you would like covered at the presentations.

The day will begin with an Expo featuring over 20 information booths featuring a wide range of products and services specific to the bowls industry. Several Bowls WA sponsors will be in attendance plus other areas of interest including Lighting, Greens and Hospitality providers.

Those in attendance will have the chance to win raffle prizes with the small caveat that they need to visit over 50% of the expo booths to be in the draw.

Following the Expo Master of Ceremonies Clive Adams will open the official proceedings which will precede a number of presentations.

Jon Haines who has extensive experience in the sports industry most notably at AFL level with the WA Football Commission, Fremantle, North Melbourne and Gold Coast will talk about the importance of good Club Culture. Challenges that clubs may face, the importance of developing good people and how to harness that to make your club stronger both on and off the green.

Matt Fulton as CEO SportsWest will focus on how your club can position itself to be a community leader organisation. The importance of forming strong relationships with your members, local community and local government which will in turn provide the foundations for long term club sustainability.

Kane Blackman the current President of the Leederville Sporting Club, CEO Good Sammy and Chair to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability. Listen to Kane talk about how through Inclusion and Community Support he helped transform an aging club to one that is now thriving, improving from 100 members to just under 1000 in only 18 months. Kane’s presentation will open your eyes to new ideas and thoughts on what a bowling club could be.

The presentations will conclude with a discussion around Club Culture with three panel members who bring a vast array of complementary knowledge.

Steve Glasson former Australian Bowls Coach and no 1 world ranked player will bring his first hand perspective on what it takes to form an elite team.

Glenn Morley Acting Director Sport Development and Engagement with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will provide insight into the importance of club development from a State Government perspective. Adding to that the support they can provide clubs through grants and other available services.

Bowls WA CEO Ken Pride will provide an insight into how Bowls WA is supporting clubs with the release of our new strategic plan and why successful clubs are the cornerstone of the sport in WA.

Concluding the presentations we encourage attendees to network and share their experiences.

For any further information regarding this event please contact Aaron Delaporte Bowls WA Operations Manager aaron@bowlswa.com.au or 9340-0807