Report for a recently conducted survey in Western Australia indicates that smaller numbers of players are attracted towards lawn bowls clubs since the last two years. Clubs in this region lost some of their existing members as well.
The study also highlights the point that currently, around 15,880 individuals are registered as club members. This is a considerable drop in numbers compared to 1998s 40,000 registered members.
Nick Walden from Geraldton’s Wonthella Bowling Club recently interacted with journalists and shared some interesting details. He pointed out that the current membership figure at his club stands at 300, down from 600 since the last decade.
He stressed on the point that lawn bowls is a cheap sport, but new membership is not gathering pace and existing players have grown older. His club’s youngest member is 40 years old.
Walden believes that anyone who is good with eye to hand coordination can try his luck with lawn bowls. It’s very skillful and competitive game and is perfect for people in all age groups. Younger people should look at the culture at lawn bowls clubs. It’s a team sport and helps in improving the competitive spirit within an individual.
Commentator Joe Criddle is associated with this sport since several decades. On being asked about his opinion regarding the lesser number of young players, he said the sport is losing its popularity in areas that are witnessing an increase in population.
“It is one of the best sports, I love it. But, perhaps, people feel that lawn bowls clubs are old and this is the reason they fail to attract the young crowd.”-said Criddle.
He also pointed out that at one point, at least 118 teams used to participate in Geraldton carnival. But during June this year, it just had 34 teams.
In some other parts of Australia, clubs are making a good amount of revenue, and members find it great, exciting. Players even prefer to purchase specially designed lawn balls accessories from online lawn bowls shop. Such websites sell shirts, balls, equipment, and other stuff.