Corinda Bowls Club: What a Night!
Facing declining numbers like many other clubs, Corinda Bowls Club decided to try a brave new initiative. Having renovated their kitchen in February, the club hired a manager who developed strategies to boost community involvement. With a new Facebook page and a new chef, the first initiative was a Burger and Bowls night. What a night!
The club had around 200 people at their opening Burger and Bowls night. Groups of all ages were in attendance, ranging from young couples, families, birthday parties and family and friends of members. The whole community took advantage of the great facilities at the club. The comments were very positive and the question on everyone’s lips was, “when are we having the next one?”.
New manager, Soula Tsoumbaras, structured the games so that bowlers arrived at varying time slots, 5pm to 6.30pm and so on. When bowlers booked in, they nominated the times and Soula printed out sheets with these times on nominated rinks. We thank all the wonderful volunteers who gave of their time and looked after the bowlers on the varying rinks. The burgers and chips were delicious and there was a line-up at the bar to sample the new craft beer on tap, as well as in cans. The night was full of fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. The club is considering having Burger and Bowls nights once a month but according to all the comments, the participants would like them every week!
This is just one of the success stories in the bowls community, just like in the past when our clubs were first opened, it was the open invitation to our community that made our clubs. And again going into the future this is the way for our clubs to thrive again.
By RBM Micheal Sorrensen