The World Bowls (WB) Board is committed to positioning the sport for sustainable growth and success.

Following a period of significant disruption to all levels of the sport the Board decided that an external review is required. The objective is to ensure our governance, management and operations are aligned to our future goals as well as with best practice for international sporting federations.

To commence the review WB conducted an expression of interest process to recruit a suitably qualified agency which could facilitate the project.

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed SBP Advisory to assist in the facilitation of this review. SBP has worked across the Australian and international sports sector since the early 2000’s and has been involved in many governance and operational review projects to date. They have a strong understanding of the sport of bowls, having worked on numerous projects within the bowls sector in the past (

The review will consist of five key stages and will involve an extensive consultation process to ensure that all Member National Authorities (MNA’s) have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future direction of the organisation.

We have been provided with an outline of the process and timelines which is set out below:

  1. Scoping and Project Establishment (September)
  2. Due Diligence and Benchmarking (September – October)
  3. Stakeholder Consultation (September – October)
  4. Interim Report, Recommendations and Options (November)
  5. Final Report, Strategy and Implementation Roadmap (December)

As part of the review all MNA’s will receive a high-level strategic survey to complete over the coming weeks – so please look out for this in your inboxes.

We will provide updates to all MNA’s throughout the process. In the meantime should you have any queries about any aspect of the review please address them to the WB email address at [email protected] so a response can be provided as quickly as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Darryl Clout  (WB President)        Gary Smith (WB Chief Executive)