Club Connect Conference Delivers Value to Member Clubs

by Marketing on September 28, 2022

Bowls SA held our first Club Connect Conference on Sunday 25 September.  Aimed at providing support to Club and Association Administrators, the event was well attended both in person and virtually.  The day was jam-packed with presentations on a range of subjects, all of which have been recorded and will be made available exclusively to member club and association administrators by the end of the week commencing 3 October 2022.

One delegate said:

What a great conference, all presenters are to be congratulated on their areas of expertise. I heard nothing but good comments from Metro and Regional attendees.  When the videos of the presenters are available, I will be sitting my Board down for them to view as to what Bowls SA can do for the clubs.

The first session was presented by Matthew Romaine and offered practical advice and insights into how clubs can best work with government.  Next, Keith Whelan, otherwise known as ‘The Grants Guy’ shared decades of experience in grant writing with a jam-packed presentation. This was followed by a fascinating update into the world of insurance delivered by David Millington and Rebekah Munn of MGA Insurance World, sponsors of Bowls SA for 25 years. After this, an informative update was provided by Craig Dodson of Sport Integrity Australia and Sara Lane of Bowls SA in regards to the implementation of the National Integrity Framework and associated Bowls Australia and Bowls South Australia policies. 

Finally, Bowls SA’s own Hugh McIntosh and Sara Lane provided an overview of the research we have conducted over the last year and how this relates to attracting new members and to that end, our new Night Owls brand was launched to much enthusiasm.  All Clubs will receive a kit with an overview of the research and tools and resources to use the new Night Owls brand.  The conference was followed by the AGM and a presentation from Isaac Trenorden on all the events Bowls SA runs and how these are used as pathways to the state and national stage. At the conclusion, there was much networking and chatter amongst all attendees, with one delegate saying:

‘It was a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and board members and discuss bowls management with like-minded people.’

Feedback on the day also included “The program overall had good advice and was very relevant to clubs going forward” and another said, “What I liked most about the conference was the high level of competency of the presenters and the messages they put forward were awesome”