Bowls Australia passes on significant fee relief to combat COVID challenges

by Bowls Australia

Bowls Australia (BA) has continued its proactive response to the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the BA Board agreeing to provide significant membership fee relief to its Member State and Territory Associations (STAs) in the 2020/21 financial year.

BA acknowledges and congratulates many of the STAs who have confirmed membership fee relief to their members and is pleased to support them by also providing a total of over $720,000 in fee relief to counter the impact of the pandemic on the sport.

The fee relief is part of BA’s ongoing response to the current challenges, having developed the Return to Bowls Plan and Toolkit earlier in the year to assist clubs in getting back on the green.

New BA President Bob Boorman said the fee relief is an important step in ensuring the prosperity of bowls clubs across the country.

“We hope that this pandemic is a once in a lifetime occurrence and BA and the STAs are very conscious of our collective role in supporting all levels of our sport with financial relief,” he said.

Mr Boorman noted that whilst BA has passed on significant savings, BA remains in a financially sound position.

“Whilst this amount of relief is a significant amount of money, BA has been diligent in sourcing relevant federal and state grants including JobKeeper to ensure our financial position remains sound and the Board continues to monitor our financial position closely in these unique times,” he said.

Bowls clubs hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic have also been able to seek support from BA’s Helping Hand Fund, established to distribute financial grants to Clubs who need it most during these challenging and uncertain times.

Donations to the Helping Hand campaign are tax-deductible and BA are calling on all levels of the bowls community to show support to clubs in times of need.