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Licensing agreement between Tenpin Bowling Australia and International Bowling Federation leads to global expansion

Licensing agreement between Tenpin Bowling Australia and International Bowling Federation leads to global expansion
April 28, 2021

Tenpin Bowling Australia has announced the signing of a significant MOU with the International Bowling Federation allowing the International Bowling Federation Academy (IBFA) to license access to their Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities programs for all international bowling Federations.

Bowl Patrol is Australia’s introductory program developed based on research and evidence with support of Sport Australia. Qualified coaches deliver the eight week program for six to 12-year olds in the unique surrounds of Tenpin Bowling centres across the country.

Bowl Abilities is Australia’s introductory program for older teens and adults who have a disability. Qualified coaches who have completed Special Olympics Australia online training deliver the eight-week program in partnership with tenpin bowling centres, community groups and support agencies.

This is an historic moment for Tenpin Bowling globally, as with the limited offerings for junior and all abilities programs in many regions in the world, this agreement will see increased reach and scope for youth development programs that will streamline the athlete pathway for the global bowling community. Australia is a mature market and is leading the charge in program development.

TBA Chair Jerome Joseph notes ”a core philosophy embedded within this MOU is to offer more people the opportunity to bowl. This means we will find more people to participate and potentially become high performers within our sport over time.

“We are thrilled to have signed with the IBF for programs developed and adapted in Australia. It demonstrates enormous confidence in TBA and our programs, that the IBFA wishes to promote for adoption by the rest of the global bowling Federations.”

Joseph further commented that this is also a wonderful endorsement for Sport Australia and their commitment to sports funding. These programs were conceived as a direct result of targeted Sport Australia program funding support.

IBF Chief Executive, Andrew Oram adds “we couldn’t be happier to partner with TBA on this important project. The Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities programs align with our goal to establish a Long-Term Athlete Development Framework and will fill the current void in the Athlete Performance Pathway.

“The pathway to participant health, longevity and high performance in sport starts with strong junior programs. The IBFA is focused on growing our global junior and all abilities programs to increase participation in bowling along with finding the next generation of Jason Belmonte’s and Bec Whiting’s. Programs such as Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities allow us to further support our member federations in new and emerging markets’.

The outcomes TBA anticipate from this signing will have direct positive impacts, including new revenue streams for the sport in Australia.

About TBA
TBA is the National Sporting Organisation to lead the management and development of tenpin bowling in Australia. Tenpin bowling is a sport for all, with no age, size, speed, or strength limitations. Participants can learn at their own pace while having fun with friends, regardless of their individual skill and ability.

International Bowling Federation
The International Bowling Federation represents member federations and bowlers from across the world. The IBF is the International governing body for the sport of Tenpin, Ninepin and Para Bowling representing five continental zones and 114 member federations. IBF was recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1979 as the world governing body for the sport of Bowling and by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2019 for Para Bowling.

The IBF Academy
The IBF Academy aims to inspire future bowlers, coaches, officials and managers to be the best they can be, to push what is possible and to take the sport forward.

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