Bowls Victoria is the governing body for the sport of bowls in the State of Victoria. In addition to its specific responsibility for governing the sport and the development of the game at all levels, it also has a social objective to enhance existing bowling communities and to position bowls clubs and the sport in the wider community.
Bowls Victoria has a responsibility to govern the game as directed by World Bowls and Bowls Australia, to run events at state level and also to run Pennant competition in the Metro region. We have representative teams at Senior, Under-25, Under-18, Over-60 and Bowlers Arm levels.
We also have a responsibility to promote the sport in the community at large and in minorities. Clubs can lean on Bowls Victoria for support in a range of areas.
For administrative reasons Victoria is split into 16 Regions (several of which are further split into divisions) and in addition to out full-time staff and indebted to the help and support of numerous committees to help administrate the sport.
· 524 Bowls Clubs across Victoria
· c. 50,000 members of Bowls Victoria
· Over 200,000 individual social bowling experiences
· One degree of separation: Every Victorian that hasn’t bowled knows at least one competition bowler and at least two people who have bowled socially
· Club competition events comprise strong Country and Metro Saturday Pennant (34,000 participants) and Midweek Pennant (22,000 participants) in a season that runs from September to April.
· Bowls Victoria conducts team events during the year including:
o Victorian Open
o State Championship Week
o Over-60s Singles and Pairs Championships
o Champion of State Pennant
o Regional Sides Championships
· Bowls Victoria is responsible for elite bowling pathways and selects and manages the State representative sides at senior, under-18, under-25 and over-60 levels. These teams compete in Test matches and the Australian Sides Championship.
· Bowls Victoria’s media channels present both print and digital opportunities for Partners to connect with our community. This includes:
o Our print and digital magazine, THE SHOT, was relaunched in April 2012 (see http://www.bowlsvic.org.au/News/THE-SHOT).
o Social media presence through Facebook and Twitter