Roll Back The Clock

Program Details

Roll Back the Clock aims to boost physical activity rates among Australians aged 65 and over through bowls, light exercise and education.

Health-related reasons (including physical and mental health as well as disability or poor health or injury) are the main barriers for older Australians participating in sport or physical activities.

Sessions will be adapted for individuals and benefits include flexibility, muscular endurance and strength and in some instances aerobic/cardiovascular exercise.

Currently, only 25 per cent of Australians over 65 meet the Department of Health physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes of activity per day.

(Limit of 20 people per session, scroll down for further info on the program locations, dates & times)


The program offers a low-cost opportunity for older Australians to take part in accessible activities and provides opportunities for those socially isolated to engage with new people and education.

In addition to the health benefits, engaging in physical activity and group sports for older Australians provides increasingly important opportunities for socialisation, peer-support, and conversation that reduces the possibility for loneliness related physical and mental illnesses.

Current Locations

South Australia

  • Brighton Bowling Club

Tuesday 5, 12, 19, 26 November – 2019

Friday 8, 15, 22, 29* November – 2019

10am – 11am

*BBQ included at Stockland Village Somerton Park

  • Victor Harbor

Tuesday 19, 26 November and December 3,10

Friday 22, 29 November and December 6,13


New South Wales

  • East Cessnock Bowling Club

Monday 11, 18, 25 November and December 2 – 2019

Wednesday 13, 20, 27 November and December 4 – 2019

10:30 am – 11:30am


  • Thornbury Bowling Club

Wednesday 6, 13, 20, 27 November, 4, 11 December – 2019

10am – 11am – plus an optional 30 mins of bowls afterwards

What’s involved?

A two-part activity for the body and mind that incorporates bowls, functional training, fitness and wellness education and socialisation.

Sessions will be adapted for individuals and benefits will range from enabling participants to perform activities of daily life more easily, to withstanding injuries and providing a sense of accomplishment and achievement.

Fitness gains from the program will include flexibility, muscular endurance and strength and in some instances aerobic/cardiovascular exercise.

What’s in a session?

30 mins of activity/exercise (body)

These components will be fun, safe with functional exercises incorporating bowls, rubber balls and resistance bands.

30 mins of a wellness/educational/social session (mind)

Engaging, interactive topics which may include, why exercise helps, how to age well, healthy brain, mindfulness what is the pelvic floor it and how it helps, eating well, moving right.

Tea and Coffee at the end of each session.


$20 for the entire program includes;

  • All sessions for the entire program
  • Free gift
  • Information handouts with great tips
  • Tea and coffee at the end of each session

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to attend every session?

You can come to some or all of the sessions it’s entirely up to you. The recent government guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of activity every day so why not make this part of your day.

2. Why do I have to register online?

We need to know who is coming to the program so we can plan appropriately. We also need some basic health information about you so our trainers are prepared to look after you and tailor the program to your needs.

3. Do I have to participate in all the sessions?

Not at all, you are welcome to watch or take a rest if you need to. Your trainer will look after you, encourage you and ensure you have the best possible experience.

4. Do I have to know how to bowl?

Not at all, the majority of the program is not about bowls.  Towards the end of the program we will introduce bowls and will have people there to show you the basics.

5. Why do I have to give medical details when I register?

This is to ensure your safety during the program. As you will be participating in physical exercise, this information will assist the trainer to adjust the exercise to suit your needs and help keep you safe. It’s always advisable to talk to your doctor prior to commencing an exercise program.


For any more information about the program, please contact:

This program is proudly supported by Sport Australia’s Better Ageing Grant Program.