Jack Attack thrives in challenging year

by Lachlan Williams

Despite facing a variety of challenges this year, Bowls Australia’s (BA) Jack Attack program continued to grow as a social bowls product.

Jack Attack is the fun and fast-paced format of bowls, aimed at encouraging new participation in the sport, with games completed in just over an hour.

More than 1000 people participated in Jack Attack in 2020 nation-wide, an impressive feat given the restrictions in place due to COVID for large portions of the year.

As part of BA’s COVID-19 Return to Bowls Plan, altered versions of Jack Attack, known as Jack Attack Plus and Jack Attack Lite, were created to provide interested clubs with access to varied programs that best suited their situation.

More than 40 clubs put their hand up to get involved with Jack Attack Plus, with more than 275 teams bringing in close to 900 participants since August.

With continued support from clubs across the country, there are now 265 Jack Attack licensed clubs in Australia, with more and more clubs showing interest.

Clubs who have embraced the program have enjoyed all-round positive experiences, introducing new people to both bowls and their club while even turning some participants into members.

Participants can now get geared up in their favourite Jack Attack clothing too, with a Jack Attack merchandise range launched last month.

Acting BA Development and Programs Coordinator Reece Wilson said it has been amazing to see the growth and support shown for Jack Attack this year.

“The success of Jack Attack over 2020 has been outstanding given the challenges we’ve all faced with COVID impacting our ability to participate all year,” he said.

“It’s a true testament to the value and the exciting energy that the Jack Attack product provides for clubs in engaging their community.”

To get involved with Jack Attack or for more information, click here.