National bowls census
Following an exhaustive process, which was executed through the co-operation and collaboration of all state and territory associations, as well as a substantial proportion of bowls clubs nation-wide, the 88 page 2010 National Bowls Census and 80 page 2011 version were produced.
Iím sure you will find it both an exciting and informative document, which is split into the national statistics over the initial pages followed by a detailed section on each state/territory association.
It is important to mention that all club data is held confidentially by the census facilitator, Street Ryan & Associates Pty Ltd, and is not shared with Bowls Australia, STAs or any third party.
What the figures do allow the sport to do, however, is to develop strategic planning and decisions based on the evidence found from the data and to strengthen funding requests across all government and non-government organisations. In fact, the recent injection of development funding from the Australian Sports Commission of $1.6 million over the next four years was largely due to Bowls Australiaís capacity to demonstrate accurate census figures on membership and participation.
With that in mind, it is intended that the National Bowls Census will become one of the main information systems for future development and benchmarking for bowls, as it has for other high profile sports (AFL, Cricket, Golf, etc).
Data collection for the census will occur annually in the March to April timeslot, with reporting and results completed by mid-year. The response of every club is crucial to the validity of the census data, and I look forward to the support of all clubs in the future, assisting with achieving long-term prosperity of bowls within Australia.
Enjoy the inaugural national bowls census and if you have any questions or comments please donít hesitate to call (03) 9480 7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010 & 2011 National census reports
The 2011 national census is now available and can be downloaded via the links below.