Winter Musings

Coversation I had with Josh Thornton

Russell Kelly - Friday, July 03, 2015

Josh as most know is area coordinator for Bowls Australia, there to help clubs survive and progress. Josh spoke of the word ENERGY and when applied to a lot of different scenarios seems to ring true. He spoke of teams bowling with energy winning more times than teams who had no energy. we then expanded this concept to clubs and committees. Again those with energy progressed and benefited and the opposite also occurred, we spoke of clubs ability to generate money through bowls and how they struggled. Clubs with ENERGY took on barefoot bowls, which is the new milking cow for bowls clubs, short sharp entertainment, with drinks and fun. then there are some clubs who struggle to run successful tournaments, maybe some lateral thinking is needed, get clubs  to look at their assets and use then in different directions use their building to run non bowls events eg poker nights weddings, parties and meeting places for groups during day time for instance mothers groups. then I thought there are many talented people at bowls clubs why not turn their talents to their area of expertise. Could a small bowls club in a farming area tap into their retired farmers to say grow a crop buy and sell hay trade water or cattle even repair and sell second hand machinery using handy men and mechanics that have retired, to generate money to run their bowls clubs.

As times change we need to adapt our attitude and look to evolve and survive by different methods than have served us in the past.

Personal sidelight for the first time in 10 years in our shop lawn bowls companies are not on top of our wholesalers list 2 lawn bowls companies have chosen to go direct to public and our sales in that bowl have dropped proportionately and now clothing manufactures have taken their place.

Good Bowling 

Russell the Retailer