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STRIKE! Tenpin Bowling a winner for all

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At Morayfield State School, Sean Collins has been delivering Tenpin Bowling for his students who have been ‘bowled’ away by the programme.

“They just want to bowl, they switch on straight away and it’s something they really want to do,” Sean said.

“We have a lot of kids that have never bowled and they just can’t wait until the next week. The school is a buzz, especially on a Tuesday when they go bowling. On Wednesdays I have kids coming up to me saying ‘can I do bowling next week?’” he said.

Plans are already underway to offer Tenpin Bowling as a sport in 2016.

The Sporting Schools Tenpin Bowling programme is a four week programme that has been designed to introduce the sport to primary schools students. It can be delivered both at schools (with portable lanes), and at local bowling centres.

The programme focuses on skill development and fostering ongoing participation. Sessions are kept short and active to maintain student engagement; encouraging children to become more involved in the sport and become more active.

A series of coach and teacher-friendly materials and lesson plans are provided through Tenpin Bowling Australia to assist with the delivery. In each week of the programme, additional skill sets are added to complement and build on their technique, ensuring the children have the best opportunity to succeed and have fun.

CEO of Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA), Cara Honeychurch believes the Sporting Schools programme will assist TBA to grow the number of children participating in the sport, and increase the patronage of bowling centres.

“TBA is thrilled to see over 1600 children getting the opportunity to enjoy and learn more about Tenpin Bowling,” Cara said.

“To have such positive feedback from participating schools is wonderful,” she said.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Tenpin Bowling programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Tenpin Bowling Australia page.

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