Bowls is a very inclusive sport that does not disadvantage any type of participant. Whether they be tall or short, strong or not so strong, male or female, bowls can provide opportunities for every student to play and compete.
Rookie Rollers is designed to enable students to learn to play bowls in an engaging format which is both fun and inclusive. Importantly, it can be played on almost any flat surface including greens, carpets, concrete and wooden floors, allowing easy access and an introduction to the sport.
"The program was a huge success! Our PE Teacher is now taking the rest of the school for the Bowls sessions. All students loved the sessions, and the girls in particular indicated they enjoyed being able to compete against the boys on a level playing field."
Beechboro Primary School
The Rookie Rollers kit is designed primarily for primary school students aged between 6 and 12.
Rookie Rollers programs are conducted over a minimum of four sessions and offer a wide variety of activities to select, based on your group’s level of skill and development.
Bowls Australia offer a variety of packages available for schools new to Rookie Rollers and for those schools that have already run the program.
Please keep in mind when choosing your package that Rookie Rollers kits are essential equipment for delivering your program and Bowls Australia will need a two-week lead in time to ensure your Rookie Rollers Kit get delivered to you and a coach is sourced.
|Package options||Teacher delivered cost||Coach delivered cost|
|Rookie Rollers school program + kit||$1,000||$1,460*|
|Rookie Rollers school program + kit and scoring wedge||$1,100||$1,560*|
|Existing Rookie Rollers school program + scoring wedge**||$150||$600|
|Existing Rookie Rollers school program**||$0||$500|
* Price includes cost of coaching @ $115 per hour, based on four sessions of 45 mins - 1 hour each.
** School must already have a Rookie Rollers kit and scoring wedge.
N.B when purchasing 2 x Rookie Rollers Kits, schools will receive 1 complimentary Scoring Wedge
With the support of Deaf Sports Australia, we can also facilitate an Active Deaf Kids program through Sporting Schools. To book, simply outline in the comments that you would like an Active Deaf Kids program.
Rookie Rollers All Abilities
Bowls Australia has expanded its Rookie Rollers product following many success stories from the Sporting Schools program, with new equipment to enhance the inclusivity of the program and to better meet the community’s needs.
Rookie Rollers All Abilities equipment allows for participants of all abilities to engage and join in on the fun of bowls, with new and improved equipment and resources to make the activities even more enjoyable and safe.
New editions for Rookie Rollers All Abilities include:
- New coloured bowls with indents to indicate the side of the bias
- Larger target mat with bright new colours
- New purple and red jacks
- New Bowling arm – a hand-held device to assist in bowling a bowl for those who cannot bend down to lunge. Adjustable to three different heights
- New Bowling ramp – designed to assist in the delivery of a bowl. Adjustable to three different heights.
- Rookie Rollers Mobile App – free to download on the Apple and Google store so participants and teachers have unlimited access to all Rookie Rollers All Abilities resources.
Rookie Rollers All Abilities programs are conducted over a minimum of four sessions and offer a wide variety of activities to select, based on your groups level of skill and development.
Bowls Australia offer a variety of packages available for schools new to Rookie Rollers All Abilities and for those schools that have already run a program.
Please keep in mind when choosing your package that Rookie Rollers All Abilities kits are essential equipment for delivering your program and Bowls Australia will need a two-week lead in time to ensure your equipment gets delivered to you and a coach is sourced.
Bowls Australia Resources and Equipment
The Rookie Rollers kit has been specially designed for school-aged children and is a complete package. The bowls are light-weight and child-sized so children find them easy to handle. The scoring wedge provides a fun and different twist on bowls and increases the amount of activities that can be played.
Rookie Rollers kits can be purchased for $1000 with the scoring wedge costing $100 or a scoring wedge can be purchased separately for $150 or is complimentary upon the purchase of two Rookie Roller Kits.
Rookie Rollers kits include:
- 32 light-weight rubber bowls
- Eight jacks
- 50 cones
- Target score mat
- 8 small target hurdles
- Eight stepping mats
- One wheeled equipment bag
- 36 Activity Cards
Additional equipment and Rookie Rollers kits can be purchased directly from Bowls Australia.
For safety reasons, Bowls Australia does not recommend the purchase of any hard ceramic bowls for use by primary school aged children.
Rookie Rollers All Abilities Kit
- Wheeled equipment bag
- 32 light-weight rubber bowls (16 blue, 16 orange) with indent on the bias
- 8 jacks (4 purple, 4 red)
- 50 cones
- Target score mat
- 8 stepping mats
- 30 activity cards
- Bowling ramp
- Bowling arm
Note – when purchasing 2 x Rookie Rollers All Abilities Kits, schools will receive 1 complimentary scoring wedge.
Available individual equipment items (Add ons):
- Rookie Rollers All Abilities Wedge - $150
- Rookie Rollers All Abilities Bowling Ramp - $100
- Rookie Rollers All Abilities Bowling Arm - $50
To become a coach and deliver bowls through Sporting Schools please ensure you are working towards the following requirements:
Sporting Schools is an Australia-wide program in partnership with over 30 national sporting organisations (NSO), of which Bowls Australia is one.
Bowls Australia coordinates all Sporting Schools programs. If you are interested in coaching please contact Bowls Australia or refer to the coaching requirements.