Roll Back The Clock

Program update

In the line with government measures and Bowls Australia’s recommendations around bowls events due to the spread of Covid-19, all Rol Back the Clock programs are suspended indefinitely.

We understand the great benefits this program provides and it is our intention to bring the programs back later in the year when it is safe and suitable to do so.

Program information will be updated on this page when appropriate. All current locations have shown interest of continuing their involvement with the program, along with the great group of trainers.

In the meantime, content is currently being planned to share with participants to stay active over the coming months and continue to enjoy the benefits the program provides.

Any questions about the program can be sent to

What is Roll Back the Clock?

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.

It will get you out and about, doing fun activities, learning about good health and socialising with likeminded people. It is based around the government initiative of “Finding your 30” minutes of activity on at least 3 to 4 days each week.

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 information on program locations, dates & times)

What are the benefits?

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

As mentioned above, the program has been indefinitely suspended. The following clubs have expressed interest in hosting programs once possible to do so:

  • Bowral Bowls Club (NSW)
  • South Townsville Bowls Club (QLD)
  • Club Holdfast (SA)
  • McLaren Vale Bowls Club (SA)
  • Trinity Gardens (SA)
  • Golden Square Bowling & Croquet Club (VIC)
  • Thornbury Bowls Club (VIC)
  • Vermont South Bowls Club (VIC)
  • North Beach Bowls Club (WA)
  • Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club (WA)
  • Rossmoyne Bowling Club (WA)

Other clubs from various areas around the country are also in discussions about hosting the program.

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 standard one-hour session?

30 minutes of activity/exercise (body)

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

30 minutes 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 and moving right.

Tea and coffee are available at the end of each session.


$20 for the entire program includes;

  • All sessions and activities for the entire program
  • Free gift
  • Information handouts with great tips
  • Tea and coffee at the end of each session
  • Light meal at the last 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. Can I register in person?

Yes! You can go into the club where the program is and register using a paper entry form.  Please note, you will need to pay in cash and this must be done prior to the program commencing. 

4. Do I have to participate in all the sessions or all the activities?

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.

5. 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.

6. 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.