Bowls Australia has developed a partnership with the Good Sports program to establish healthier, safer and more family-orientated bowls clubs nationwide.
It is the largest preventive health program for the community sporting sector, structured as a progressive, 3 level accreditation program that helps clubs set standards around the key health issues of alcohol, smoking, obesity and mental health.
The program was established to introduce practices to create a culture of responsible drinking within sporting clubs, including reducing alcohol-related incidents, and engender more family-friendly environments.
Bowls Australia says it that the 1,927 affiliated bowls clubs will be positive examples of safe and healthy clubs with a push for their involvement with Good Sports program accreditation, including the organisation’s 16 regional bowls managers. Regional bowls manager personnel will promote the benefits of the Good Sport program and will encourage clubs’ participation, if they not yet accredited. The association will also encourage more clubs to get involved and become accredited.
Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple says by taking on a greater role to promote the benefits of the Good Sports Program, and utilising the body as a resource to assist clubs with the implementation and delivery, bowls clubs across the nation will be more inclusive and responsible venues.
“Alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of preventable illness and death in Australia, and bowls clubs are often the lifeblood of communities, particularly in regional areas, so it is vitally important that our clubs adopt best practices on responsible alcohol management,” Dalrymple says.
Head of Good Sports Jon McGregor says the bowls’ clubs will get much from the new partnership.
“Good Sports clubs [has] a less risky drinking and are healthier, safer and more family-friendly places to enjoy sport. According to independent research, and in a world-first, Good Sports has been proven to reduce the likelihood of risky drinking by 37% and the risk of alcohol-related harm to club members by 42%,” says McGregor.
“We are proud to be partnering with Bowls Australia which are showing great leadership by putting the health and well-being of their members first.”