Where Does the $30 OLBA Fee Go?
I was recently asked what does the $30 fee being charged to club members as part of the club fee represent to the Leaside club bowlers?
The fee supports the international World Bowls organization, (www.worldbowls.com), Bowls Canada Boulingrin (www.bowlscanada.com), and the Ontario Lawn Bowls Association, (www.olba.ca)
World Bowls Is the recognised International Federation for the Sport of Bowls. There are 53 Member National Authorities in 50 countries worldwide.
Ian Howard, Burlington Canada is Regional Director for the Americas.
A few of the objectives of World Bowls are:
- To provide for the encouragement, conduct, promotion, advancement, control and administration of Bowls throughout the world
- To formulate and implement appropriate policies, including policies in relation to equal opportunity, gender and racial equality, drugs in sport, health and safety
- To promulgate and secure uniformity in such laws and standards that may be necessary for the management and control of Bowls competitions.
- To liaise with such bodies such as the Commonwealth Games Federation
- Provide support to International events conducted by World Bowls including World Championships (every 4 years), World Champion of Champions Singles (annually), World Indoor Singles (World Cup competed for annually), Asia Pacific Championships, Atlantic Championships and World Junior Cup (for bowlers under 25 years of age). Bowls is also a core sport for the Commonwealth Games.
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB)
Kathryn MacGregor President.
Anna Mees, Chief Executive Officer:
BCB announced that their Board of Directors have approved a revised fee structure that would be implemented effective May 1, 2021. This fee structure is based on a flat fee for service basis and, not on membership numbers as has been the current practice. BCB believe that this revised fee structure will provide stability of funding for budgeting and follows an international trend by other National Sports organizations. BCB services in collaboration with provincial bowls associations include:
· Training resources for club volunteers, e.g. development of COVID-19 protocols
· Policy creation – national and provincial
· Maintenance of national communications and development of programming and resources, e.g. Belonging in Bowls, Bowls Safe Sport program
· Template resource for clubs (policies, business plans, etc.)
· National advocacy (represents to Sports Canada concerns on behalf of the provincial associations, e.g. safe sport
· NCCP, Officiating training, e.g. coaching and umpiring certification
· National competition program (Ontario hosts at least one major event annually)
· National team program which trains and competes at international events annually and Commonwealth Games every four years.
The Ontario Lawn Bowls Association (OLBA) is the Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) and is the sole governing body for amateur sport (bowls) in Ontario, with a membership of 117 bowls clubs and is responsible for the following:
· Establishment of policies and programming in compliance with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and maintenance of certification requirements.
· Development and delivery of coaching and umpire certification programing in compliance with BCB requirements
· Development of long-term athlete development programming, learn to play, learn to compete etc.
· Maintenance of communications requirements between OLBA and the member clubs and their members e.g. OLBA annual, website, social media channels, email distribution of messaging to District Chairs and clubs, and government advocacy etc.
· Providing OLBA member clubs with assistance in meeting management and governance requirements to ensure effective club management
· Provision of assistance to clubs in the application of grants at all levels of government e.g. Trillium funding, New Horizons, Seniors grants etc. (over $1,800,000 over the past three years)
· Development of annual operational and three-year strategic plans and MTCS reporting on implementation progress
· Organizes and manages provincial and district playdown tournaments to establish Ontario teams to compete in national BCB championships
· Provides liability insurance for clubs and club directors
· Provides marketing support for club membership campaigns to host open houses.
· Provides clubs with technical information and delivers workshops to ensure club green maintenance is appropriate for competition standards
· Manages the OLBA award programs including Hall of Fame, and other OLBA award programs. E.g. President’s Award and Volunteer of the Year Award
· Employs support staff to provide for database maintenance and Executive Director to coordinate all of the above service activities.
As you are aware, BCB and OLBA waived the affiliation fees to member clubs with the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic to assist clubs with financial stability for the 2020 bowling year. The result of these actions included a net loss of income of $122,415.00 to BCB and $109,180.00 to the OLBA.
In support of bowls clubs, BCB is currently developing programming as mentioned above in conjunction with our partnerships with World Bowls and Bowls Canada to assist member clubs with recruitment efforts to rebuild membership levels to that of 2019 and support bowling at every level in Ontario. I trust this explanation as to where the $30 goes, is helpful to your understanding of how our organization functions.
Yours in Bowls,