Bowls Alberta’s Safe Sport Foundation

What is Safe Sport?

Safe Sport provides a framework to ensure that everyone in the sport of lawn bowls is able to enjoy the sport. Bowlers, coaches, umpires and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.

Alberta also provides resources and helplines for Sport Participants on their website, Safe and Welcoming Sport Environments. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the link to the Canadian Sport Helpline.

Our Commitment to Safe Sport

Bowls Alberta places the highest priority on a safe and fun environment for all of its participants  and we recognize our fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the Alberta Bowls community.

Bowls Alberta takes situations involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. For this reason, are committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct or maltreatment.

Bowls Alberta’s policies, framed on the ones from Bowls Canada Boulingrin, are intended to promote a Safe Sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate and meaningful action should any issues arise. They are also intended to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of behaviour.  You can access our Safe Sport Policies here.

Bowls Alberta also recognizes the recent development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (“UCCMS”).  Based on the Universal Code and Bowls Canada Boulingrin’s Code of Conducts Bowls Alberta developed Codes of Conduct for Board members, Coaches, Officials, and Athletes. These are included in our Safe Sport Policy Suite. The Board of Directors has also adopted the Safe Sport Strategy from BCB which requires all Board Members, Coaches, Officials and Athletes representing AB to take Safe Sport Training. Contact the office for the links to the appropriate training required.

Responsible Coaching Movement

The Board of Directors of Bowls Alberta have signed the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge and encourages member clubs to sign as well. For more information visit Coach.Ca

Reporting Maltreatment

To report a complaint/s regarding a violation of Bowls Alberta’s Code of Conduct please contact: Office@bowlsalberta.com or  President@bowlsalberta.com
Complaints/disputes ideally should be handled by the individuals involved first and Bowls Alberta could appoint a mediator if required.

If you feel uncomfortable reporting directly to Bowls Alberta, please contact the:
Canadian Sport Helpline (call or text) 1-888-837-7678
Email: info@abuse-free-sport.ca
…for professional listening and referral services by phone and text and by email at from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

The Canadian Sport Helpline will provide callers with advice on the next steps they can take, as well as direct them to the most appropriate national and local services and resources available to them, including the police, child protection services, existing provincial/territorial helplines, or any other relevant services.

For more information, visit www.abuse-free-sport.ca.