Ten-pin trend sweeps through schools

Ten-pin bowling could be due for a revival in Suffolk after a large number of primary and secondary schools took part in a charity challenge at Kingpin Bowling Centre in Martlesham recently.

Ten-pin bowling could be due for a revival in Suffolk after a large number of primary and secondary schools took part in a charity challenge at Kingpin Bowling Centre in Martlesham recently.

Over 100 pupils from across the county's schools competed against each other in teams of four on the day, the students helping to raise money for their own schools as well as local charities.

Organised by the Ipswich Orwell and Woodbridge Deben Rotary Clubs, the event, now in its second year, aimed to try and raise junior interest in the game.

With a combined score of 319, the overall winning senior school of the day was Woodbridge School, while St Mary's Primary School won the overall junior prize.


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The individual winning team of Louis Warner, Jack Thomas, Jack Birch and Liam Lucas came from Kesgrave High.

Kingpin's Rupert Marlowe said: “We were really pleased with how the day went. Around five or six of the one hundred or so children showed a natural talent, while I would say about 25% could go on and be half decent bowlers.”

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The competition was free to enter thanks to support from Barnes Construction, Coca Cola, Kingpin Bowling and Playle & Partners.

Prizes were awarded to the best individual scorers and for various achievements during the games, plus all 32 bowlers received a souvenir certificate.

The Rotary Club's Richard Boother said: “Schools participating in the challenge were asked to donate to the organising Rotary Clubs a small proportion of the sponsorship money they raised which will be distributed to our local charities.

“This is the second year we have held the challenge event and it is such a success that the Rotary Club and Kingpin Bowling are considering continuing the competition on an annual basis.”

Kingpin Bowling Centre are now looking to revive their junior coaching sessions by attracting a new coach. Those interested in the role should contact Rupert Marlowe on: 01473 611111.

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