With the low number of Women bowlers in our club and very few women taking the challenge to learn bowls at our club, we need to ask why?
Then, we need to ask how are we (all bowlers at the club) going to fix the problem?
One suggestion well worth considering is opening up other times of the week for women to bowl, specifically Saturday.
Currently women bowl Tuesday and Thursday and history has a lot to do with this practice. In days gone by (I mean 20+ years ago) there were less women in the workforce than today providing plenty of opportunity to play bowls during the week. Conservatism in the lawn bowls fraternity has ensured this practice has endured.
Today the story is different. The participation rate of women in the workforce is the highest it has ever been and unlikely to reverse to former levels. This means that for women to be encouraged to take up bowls at our club, they are either retired or have financial security and do not need to work during the week. Think of how many women you know that fit either description.
Some clubs have arrested the decline in women bowlers in their club (or grown the membership) by including women on Saturdays.
This has been achieved by providing rinks for women's games, organised by the Women's section. In other clubs, men and women bowl alongside one another.
I am not advocating a leap to amalgamation in our club. I am proposing an opportunity to assist the Women's section attract and retain members.
Obviously there are many other reasons and other solutions.
I'm interested other's views on this.
Am I on my own?
Do I strike a chord?
Have I painted the picture unfairly?
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