Bowls Victoria (BV) and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria (AOV) are pleased to announce MOVE with Bowls, an exciting three-year partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of bowlers and the 1.5 million Victorians who live with muscle, bone and joint conditions.
MOVE with Bowls will encourage current and future bowlers to stay fit and healthy so they can participate in the popular sport as well as enjoy the social benefits of being part of their local club.
Bowls Victoria president John Fisher OAM says: “We see this partnership as a great fit, and hope that as well as encouraging people to try and enjoy our sport, it helps people understand the health benefits a game of bowls provides.
“Our 50,000 members share many common values with Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria and we are very excited that MOVE with Bowls will help even more people to stay active and enjoy the great sport of bowls.”
The MOVE with Bowls partnership recognises Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria as the official charity of Bowls Victoria for the next three years.
Bowls clubs throughout the state will be encouraged to actively support the MOVE with Bowls program that will provide free health presentations from experts and educators, promotion of Come & Try bowls days and fundraising activities for AOV to deliver vital services, research, advocacy and information to people with muscle, bone and joint conditions.
“We are very pleased to be working with Bowls Victoria on this important partnership. MOVE with Bowls is about promoting the benefits of physical activity and also learning better self-management techniques to keep people of all ages moving,” said Linda Martin, CEO, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria.
“Almost two of every three people who play bowls are affected by arthritis or another muscle, bone and joint conditions.
“They may be failing to get the most out of their sport due to issues with pain, mobility and agility. MOVE with Bowls is about helping these people to feel supported and making the right choices regarding their health,” she said.
Find out more about how MOVE with Bowls can benefit you and your club, and frequently asked questions here
Find out how to join the MOVE with Bowls program here
Find out more about Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria here
Speak to a nurse about arthritis and other muscle, bone and joint conditions on the FREE MSK Help Line 1800 263 265