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• MICHAEL B EAUMONT • MARK W HITEMAN • ANDREW L YNN • CHRIS M ACAULEY
By MICHAEL BEAUMONT*
E very bowler in the State
plays a part in recruiting
and retaining new mem-
As an individual bowler at a small
club, you could start by putting
your hand up, volunteering at your
local club and getting involved.
Not waiting to be asked to do
something, but taking responsibility
for something at your club.
Individual club members should
make sure they don't fall into the
trap of becoming "grumblebums,"
or "carping doom sayers".
I think we have all heard them;
those blokes with nothing positive
to say about anything and anyone.
They are the very worst adver-
tisement for our sport. They are
the worst advertisement for your
Every bowler should become an
ambassador for the game. Every
bowler should take every oppor-
tunity to talk up the sport both
privately and publicly.
If you talk positively about the
game and your club to everyone
you meet, or at the least look for
the positive, it's infectious; people
around you will respond and begin
to do the same.
You could bring a new member
into the club by introducing them
to the game and being their mentor
for the first 6 months at the club.
Imagine if every member intro-
duced just one new member each
year. Your club would soon be
By getting on the front foot
and actually asking people you
know to come and play, you will
Everyone needs to pitch in!
NATIONAL Volunteer Week
will be held from 10 to 16
This is the week where all of
Australia is called upon to recog-
nise volunteers and thank them
for their efforts.
National Volunteer Week (NVW)
is the largest celebration of volun-
teers and volunteerism in Australia,
and provides an opportunity to
highlight the role of volunteers
in communities, and to say thank
you to the more than 5 million
Australians who volunteer.
Australia's volunteers are essen-
tial to society, and many charities
would struggle to survive without
the support of their volunteers.
Australian volunteers contribute
more than 700 million hours of com-
munity service to so many areas of
society, including community health
care, heritage and arts, environment
conservation, emergency services,
education, social justice and sports.
NVW provides a platform to pay
tribute to these volunteers who
donate their time and energy to
The theme for NVW 2010 is --
Volunteering: Now, more than ever!
This theme brings volunteering
to the forefront and provides a
focussed agenda for the volunteer
It will raise the profile of vol-
unteering and highlight that vol-
unteering, now, more than ever, is
important to Australian society and
the contribution of all volunteers
must be recognised.
National Volunteer Week 2010
acknowledges valuable work
be creating a club of friends. Now
that's the sort of club we would
all like to belong to.
As a club manager you could
ensure that your recruitment/reten-
tion committee are empowered to
go forward at break-neck speed.
You could start by making sure
you have a recruitment commit-
tee. Make sure that the group are
given every possible assistance to
grow member numbers.
As a member of a recruitment/
retention committee you could
make sure that you have investi-
gated every avenue to grow club
Read books and articles on mem-
bership recruitment and growth,
visit websites with information
about membership growth and
As a board member at your club
you could ensure that recruitment
committees are given a budget to
work with, and are not expected
to work miracles with no resources.
You could take responsibility
for lifting the tone of your club,
setting the example, talking things
up, rather than dragging them
You could look at ways the board
of management could implement
change that would attract or keep
bowlers at your club.
The biggest thing you could do
would be to accept responsibility
for growth. Set some targets and
If you are short of ideas, moti-
vation or inclination, give one of
the Development Team a call on
1300 286 392, and we can come
out to your club and assist.
* Michael Beaumont is the
BowlsNSW Sports Development
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