Has the day now come that bowling’s future could be ruffled by a raffle?
BOWLERS need to support outgoing president Sergio Martinengo’s raffle (to raise much needed funds) if they want to see the benefits such as lower membership costs and better prize money for local competitions.
If members do not support it, trouble looms ahead. WP Bowls has banked on the raf- fle (R100 a ticket) being a hit.
Annual subscriptions have been lowered for the first time in years to R100, the WPBA coaches levy per club set at R10 and the BSA subs will be R127 for the period January – December 10.
It’s a calculated gamble that, should it misfire, would place the governing body in a bit of a pickle.
Cash reserves are low, membership, although having stabilised somewhat in the last few months, is down to 3,711 – made up of 1,388 women and 2,323 men.
Bowlers have been reminded often of late about the absent role they play in not growing numbers via introducing friends to what is a relaxed sporting code.
If they want to continue to enjoy their sport for years to come, they had better come to the party, starting with an active role in selling tickets and the likes.
So far, their reactions to what will surely become a reality – a dying sport – have been snail-pace at best.
It’s often the case of the odd member here and there in every club going the extra mile to satisfy and accommodate the needs of the majority.
This cannot be allowed to continue even though members are not required to do anything other than pay for what they play for.
And is it not a case of too many clubs serving too few members?
It has often been stated in this column that too many clubs can barely make ends meet. Yet we have the scenario where a handful of clubs have far more members than is needed.
Why not a situation where the latter shed membership – where possible and viable – to sustain the longevity of the former?
Pinewood has magnificent facilities yet faces an uncertain future. How can that be?
Three and a half greens, a wonderful clubhouse, ample parking and a perfectly situ- ated venue should make this club a thriving entity.
Howard, down the road, could be a club to hand some support to their struggling neighbours, but the chances of that are probably nil.
Maybe some kind of amalgamation could save the day. Struggling clubs should band together and see if there is action that can be undertaken to address this sad truth.