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Old fun, new skills with tenpin bowling program

Tenpin at Nymboida Public School

Image credit: Living and Loving Photography and Tenpin Bowling Australia


Staff at Nymboida Public School in northern New South Wales, were looking for a new and different physical activity to offer students – that’s when they came across the familiar game of tenpin bowling.

Principle Michelle Dalgliesh said the school chose tenpin bowling as a way to teach students new skills through a familiar activity. 


 “The kids have gone from looking at it as a fun activity, to now seeing the skill and effort involved to get better. This has made them approach it differently and they are beginning to see it as a competitive sport; trying to get better each week,” Michelle said.


Offered through Sporting Schools, the program has been very successful – something Michelle credits to the coaching provided at Grafton Tenpin Bowl.

“The Grafton Tenpin Bowling staff have been amazing and really supportive of us. The kids were so in awe the first time we got to go in there! The staff give us fantastic information and tips. The students are getting so much out of it,” Michelle said.

“They are out doing something different which is exciting for them,” she said.

Nymboida Public School is looking to offer tenpin bowling again this year and believes other schools should look at being involved in this program too.

“The feedback from students and parents has been so fantastic that we will definitely look at offering it again. If schools are looking for something new and different – we definitely recommend tenpin bowling!” Michelle said.


Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Tenpin Bowling Australia program at your school? Check out all the details on the Tenpin Bowling Australia page.