Welcome to the sport of bowls and in particular, it would be a pleasure to welcome you as a member to the North Balwyn Bowls Club (NBBC). Bowls has given great enjoyment to many people and we trust that you will experience the same enjoyment. Bowls is a game that can be played in a relaxed “rollup” between friends, in competitive Pennant games, in organised social competition, or on your own as an individual. Bowling clubs offer a wide variety of opportunities for involvement in club activities and contact with other people. Like most things, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Our membership fees are as follows:
*This includes an affiliation fee payable to Bowls Victoria
- Full member - $225.00*
- Dual - $180.00
- Intermediate members (under 25) - $130.00*
- Junior (13-17 years) - $40.00*
- Social/Non Bowling - $65.00
To join the club you need to complete the application form (click on the icon at the bottom of this page); attend an interview with the Membership Director or Secretary, the purpose of which is to welcome you and outline how the club works and pay your club membership and, if applicable, Bowls Victoria affiliation fee. If you are a member of an existing club you will need to arrange a clearance. Outlined below are some key features of our operations at NBBC:
The club is a not for profit incorporated association, registered with Consumer Affairs, Victoria, under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and is conducted under the aegis of Bowls Victoria for the benefit of members.
If you have not already received coaching the Membership Director will help you to arrange coaching.
3. Bowls Program
During the summer season – September to April – we field five sides in the Bowls Victoria Pennant on Saturdays, and five sides in the Bowls Victoria Midweek Pennant, and organized social bowls for those not playing Pennant. Interclub social games are run on a Wednesday. Club games operate at various times. Because we have artificial greens we are able to offer our club members a winter bowling program – Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Also in winter an indoor bowls program operates – social on Saturday afternoons and Pennant on Wednesday afternoons.
Bowls Australia regulation attire, that is club uniform, must be worn for Pennant and for the major club events - Opening Day, Anniversary Day, President's & Presentation Day, Life Members Day, Harold Brennen Perpetual Trophy Day, Wednesday Interclub Social Bowls and for the finals of Club Championship matches.
Neat casual clothes may be worn for all other club play.
It is our hope and intention that new players would be welcomed to join other members in practice. We would ask you to make yourselves known to other members who are having a practice. When some members may prefer to practice alone they would say so, but would not think it wrong of you to have invited them to have a roll-up with you. You would also seek out other new members to practice with.
Club bowls are available until you buy your own. These bowls are not available for use outside the NBBC premises. It is suggested that you do not purchase bowls until you have discussed this with your coach.
The club relies totally on the volunteer work of its members for the operation of the bowling program, the social program, the maintenance of grounds and playing surfaces, and for club governance. It is an expectation that belonging to the club means that every able member will take on some volunteer activities. This would be discussed with you in your interview with the Membership Director or Secretary. The time commitment for individuals is not onerous and may be only two to three hours a month. There is great deal of flexibility about the timing and nature of individual contributions. Members who are active in their club work report a high level of personal satisfaction at their involvement and contribution.
8. Social Activities
There is a range of social activities at our club, e.g. Duplicate Bridge every Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons and Bridge Lessons are conducted in 10 week sessions twice a year on Thursday mornings.
In conclusion, we would be very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you to the North Balwyn Bowls Club. New members are the life blood of the club. We would look forward to seeing you develop as a bowler, getting to know you as a friend and sharing with you in the work of taking this great club forward into the future.
Please click the icon below for the Membership Application Form. If you require any further information click here to send an email to us.
New members also will be asked to complete following their Induction Meeting an online form, giving us additional information including about the publishing of contact details in the club’s handbook and their participation in club activities. Click here to go to the form.