Interested in becoming a Partner Club? Want to know more? Well you are in the right place. This page will give you all you need to know about what a partner club is, the benefits in becoming one and what is expected of your club. Take a look and find out what opportunities are awaiting your club.

For further information about Partner Clubs get in touch with your CDO.


Partner Clubs were born from the vision to have ‘strong and sustainable’ clubs and it is critical for the future of the sport that this happens sooner rather than later.

Partner Clubs are clubs which agree to deliver initiatives, programmes and/or services in partnership with Bowls NZ. In return, Bowls NZ provides close assistance through Community Development Officer’s (CDO’s) to help clubs implement these and other initiatives which aid in the clubs development.


Being a Partner Club has an array of benefits, some of which are:

Direct club support – regular contact with Bowls NZ CDO and Club Plan development programme where required

Events and Facilities – preferential utilisation of facilities, allocation of national events and inclusion in programmes such as Grants Corner to Corner

Marketing and Promotion – exclusive marketing support from Bowls NZ and assistance with implementation of national brands, Mates In Bowls, Have A Go, Christmas Bowls and Squad6.

Funding Support – CDO endorsement of funding applications, Bowls NZ endorsement to sponsors and funders, and priority access to TOWER bowls development fund.

Community Sport Development – priority support for members participating in development pathways for coaching, umpiring, high performance and leadership

General – a certificate indicating Partner Club status (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and Partner Club communications


There are expectations on Partner Clubs too:

Bowls – encourage participation in Bowls NZ competitions, promote training for green keepers and nominate candidates for coaching, umpiring and high performance pathways

Capability and Growth – commit to achieving a Club Check Award and set and achieve growth targets in participation and membership

Culture – embrace the concept of positive change, support Bowls NZ brands such as Mates In Bowls, Have A Go, Christmas Bowls and Squad6, and support Bowls NZ initiatives such as surveys and database development

General Requirements – provide a copy of the club’s annual report and statement of accounts to the CDO, record membership details and have a constitution aligned with the Bowls NZ club model