Bowls Participation: The Changing Landscape Conference

01 Mar 2016

In association with our International body, World Bowls Limited,  Bowls New Zealand is hosting a two-day conference on the changing face of sport participation in New Zealand and worldwide. The dates of the Conference are just prior to the opening of the 2016 World Championships which open in Christchurch on 28 November 2016.

The conference will be opened by the Minister of Sport, Recreation and Health and will include presentations from the Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand and other key staff, discussing their newly released Community Sport Strategic Plan on participation after extensive global research.

The conference will include best practice workshops and will be addressed by the following leaders:

As a sport with a similar age demographic to bowls, the Chief Executive of New Zealand Golf will discuss what they are doing to attract new participants in their sport in the current changing environment.

The Chief Executive of the New Zealand Olympic Committee who is also Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation will speak on the new strategic direction of the Commonwealth Games Federation and what that means for bowls.

World Bowls Ltd discuss initiatives commenced under their new development strategy and what they have on the horizon.

Bowls Australia will inform attendees about their "jack attack" participation programme and working with Clubs.

This two-day conference will look into the trends and changes happening in sport participation and how to best understand this in the context of bowls. The Conference will focus largely on the bowls community but is also of interest to sport administrators who are seeking to better understand the changing nature of sport participation.

Held over 25-26 November at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, the conference kicks off on Friday with a full day of presentations followed by a cocktail hour. Day two starts early with a breakfast hosted by World Bowls President, John Bell, followed by bowls specific workshops.

Spaces are limited to the first 200 paid enrolments and with the price being NZD $150* pp, this will sell out. To register head along to the link below and for further questions please don't hesitate to contact Bowls New Zealand.


*New Zealand attendees can apply for a TBDF $50 subsidy on their ticket price (1 per club), by emailing after purchasing.

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