Barefoot Bowls is a social, fun event of lawn bowls, sans shoes! A few drinks, some simple catering and an enjoyable afternoon in the sunshine, grass between your toes and a little competitive fun – what more could you ask for?
Local Bowls clubs are always looking to attract new members and new customers so they would be very keen to work with your club on a Barefoot Bowls fundraiser. Organise a package with them that includes hire of equipment and simple party-food catering and use your numbers to negotiate, for eg - free catering or equipment hire if you can get 50 participants. Whatever the package cost, add a suitable fundraising premium but don't make it so it scares people away, for eg - if a night of Barefoot Bowls including equipment and food will cost $20pp then add another $10 to $20 as the fundraising premium to make the final ticket price . Better to err on the side of a lower fundraising premium and have more people attend than have a high fundraising premium and have hardly anyone go. Bowls clubs will usually require a deposit, so keep that in mind when planning your night.
Barefoot bowls appeals to everyone so promote to your club via email flyers, the newsletter, website and social media pages.
Barefoot Bowls, as a fundraiser may not always, return a large amount of cash to your club, it is a social outing to foster team spirit and club culture. Having said that, clubs can choose to hold mini-comps during the night like a closest to the jack comp and have an entry fee to raise further funds and there is always the good ol' raffle to raise a few extra dollars as well.
Factors to Consider
TransportOrganising a bus may be a great option for your club. It will add to the ticket cost but it may make it more attractive to your members if they don't need to worry about driving, and it gives clubs the perfect setting (a captive audience) to hold a raffle.
This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.