OPINION: Bowls club must embrace a new image

THE front page story surrounding the struggles of Mt Crosby Bowls Club is one that has been told by many small clubs over the years.

Some have come through and remained open, while others have gone under the hammer and are now sites of new residential developments.

The major concern for Mt Crosby is that while they still have many members utilising the club greens, this group doesn't have a large disposable income to throw about inside the club.

It means that each month the club budget comes down to counting the silver coins.

This same dilemma confronted the small North Beach Bowling Club in Northern NSW where I once lived.

It was the only watering hole in a small township and we had to pass up donations from the floor at the annual meeting to keep it open. I also put my hand up to be the new vice president and I took on the entertainment role.

My idea was that we urgently needed to change the image of the club so we could attract young patrons.

Some old club members didn't like the changes and left, but after two years of hard work we turned the club around and I am proud to say it is thriving today some 25 years later.

The message Mt Crosby's members can take out of that is not to give up.

It can be done, but it will take a strong commitment from all of your current members to make it happen.

I would be pleased to come out to the club to detail how it worked for North Beach.



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