Getting started

England – Competition in England is overseen by the BTBA, which also presides over Team England. But for newcomers, the best way to get into bowling is just to visit a local alley, almost all of which will organise some local league for players of all skill levels. The BTBA website has a search function which will display the closest bowling centres to any postcode entered. The main bowling chains in England include:

Some of the more noteworthy leagues spread around England include:

Scotland – Bowling in Scotland is presided over by the Scottish Tenpin Bowling Association (STBA). Some of the best alleys include:

Northern Ireland – The Northern Ireland Tenpin Bowling Federation (NITBF) runs classes, seminars and leagues for juniors, young adults and adult bowlers at various locations around Northern Ireland. Brunswick Superbowl in Pennyburn, The Ice Bowl in Dundonald and Odyssey Bowl in Belfast are among the country’s best bowling establishments.

Wales – The Tenpin Bowling Association of Wales (TBAW) promotes and encourages the uptake of the sport in Wales. It organises junior, young adult and adult bowling leagues and competitions all around the country. The organisation’s website has more information on up-coming events.

Youngsters – For children and young adults under 18, there are a number of local leagues across the country, which organise lessons, practice sessions, leagues and competitions, providing a great way into bowling. Some of these youth bowling clubs (YBCs) include:

For those in further education, the Universities and Colleges Tenpin Bowling Association also organises many university based clubs and tournaments, with teams coming together to compete with others from all over the UK.