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Australian Government to boost grassroots in lawn bowls

The Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced a three-year plan to boost the number of people playing lawn bowls.

Get on the Green is a joint national initiative of the Australian Government, through the Australian Sports Commission, and Bowls Australia, designed to attract new members to lawn bowls. More than 270,000 Australian men and women register each year to play lawn bowls, one of Australia's most popular national sports.

Senator Kemp says Get on the Green offers a great way for Australians of all ages to take up lawn bowls.

'Get on the Green is an exciting, modern version of lawn bowls which will promote the social and fun side of the game,' the Minister said. 'The program is based on modified, simplified rules, to make it fun and easy to play in an accessible, casual and relaxed environment. It's a program to encourage new players to give the sport a go.'

New participants in Get on the Green can enrol in an organised program of 60 to 90-minute bowling sessions delivered weeknights in competition periods and on weekends during out-of-competition periods in spring and summer. Games are tailored to suit all ages and skill levels from beginners to more experienced players.

Participants can get involved as individuals or as part of a team. Equipment is free of charge.

Get on the Green is being piloted in nine bowls clubs, and in summer will be extended to 36 clubs. The $700,000 program expects to attract up to 75,000 people to lawn bowls over the next three years. Get on the Green provides pathways for participants to become members of lawn bowl clubs, to develop their skills and abilities and enter competition at higher levels, if they choose.

Get on the Green is one of 21 projects funded under the Australian Sport Commission's Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program, which provides sports with support to expand their active membership and improve the reach of their affiliated clubs and associations.

The Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program is integral to the Australian Government's Sports Policy, Backing Australia's Sporting Ability - a More Active Australia, which provides close to $550 million to Australian sport over four years.

MELBOURNE 21 October 2003

Media contact: Richard Wise Minister's Office 03 9650 7274 or 0438 204 554

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