Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

In this month’s edi­tion of Inside Bowls, Kerry Clark, the na­tional body’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, cites fig­ures that would be the envy of many sports. Over the past 12 months play­ing num­bers have in­creased 14 per cent (105,000 peo­ple play­ing in a reg­u­lar league), Mates in Bowls par­tic­i­pants are up 28.5 per cent and the de­cline in over­all club mem­ber­ships has been held to 1.5 per cent. The num­ber aged 5 to 19 play­ing reg­u­larly sits at about 9000 and a fur­ther 8500 young peo­ple take part via Ki­wis­port. Clark said in his 17 years in the role, 1340 bowl­ing clubs around New Zealand had been re­duced to about 560 clubs, mostly be­cause of amal­ga­ma­tion. Tra­di­tional mem­ber­ship was de­clin­ing, and the ‘‘pay as you play’’ model and mak­ing clu­b­rooms more invit­ing were keys to mov­ing the sport for­ward, he said.

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