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About The Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association

The TBPA was formed in 1961, in response to the rapid development of tenpin bowling in the UK.

Since then we have grown considerably as an organisation and are now firmly established as the trade association for the tenpin bowling industry in Great Britain.

Our aim is to represent the interests of our members whilst promoting tenpin bowling and raising its profile throughout the country.

Our current member companies have a combined total of over 3,700 bowling lanes in the UK and through implementing our codes of practise aim to offer a high level of customer service and bowling experience.

A Brief History of Our Role in UK Tenpin Bowling

Since forming our trade association, the tenpin bowling industry in the UK has experienced some highs and lows.

The boom enjoyed in the 1960's proved short lived and the 1970's was a particularly difficult time for the industry in this country with almost two thirds of the bowling alleys that had been around in the 60's having to close down completely.

With the introduction of automated scoring systems, tenpin bowling enjoyed a renaissance in the mid 1980's which continued throughout the 1990's and right into the new millennium.

A large factor in this breakthrough has been the development of many out of town entertainment complexes with restaurants and cinemas etc which has helped open up tenpin bowling to a whole new leisure market.

By working closely with third party companies, The Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association has played a significant part in the ongoing popularity of bowling in most major towns and cities across the country.

Get in touch with us now on 0238 057 0463 if you require any further information.

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Official Government Approved Guidelines for Covid-safe Tenpin Bowling

The TBPA have received many enquiries regarding where the guidelines for Tenpin Bowling can be found on the government website. Many are confused as tenpin bowling is not specifically mentioned on the 'Working safely during coronavirus (Co... Read More