About Bowl Patrol

Australia’s only national junior Tenpin Bowling program

Bowl Patrol is Australia’s only NATIONAL ‘Learn to Bowl’ TENPIN BOWLING program. Originally designed for primary school children – but suitable for participants of all age and ability, it’s designed as an 8 week program that typically starts the second week of each term – but this can be adjusted to suit the needs of our learners.

It teaches the fundamental skills of the sport and improves co-ordination and balance. Bowl Patrol is FAST, FUN and ACTIVE and promotes skill development, a sense of achievement, socialisation and teamwork.

Bowl Patrol can be utilised in the special and/or primary school environment. It may be selected by schools as part of the Australian Sports Commission’s Sporting Schools program – where the full costs for the program are paid for via the Sporting Schools grant.

Building towards a truly inclusive program, Bowl Patrol enjoys the partnership and support of an incredible ambassador in Jason Belmonte (http://www.jasonbelmonte.com), a World Champion bowling a little differently (like us!), as well as an array of valuable communities such as;

Special Olympics Australia who utilise our program to teach bowling and develop coaches.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) who have been integral in developing resources to ensure a positive experience for participants with (and without) Autism.
Amaze Victoria and Access for All Abilities who helped us test our resources with their communities.

Keen to have tenpin bowling supported as part of your child’s NDIS plan? Here’s a helpful guide from Disability Sport & Recreation. Use of a Support Worker is encouraged, although we’ve seen this become unnecessary after a few weeks in the program. We encourage casual bowling and centre visits prior to the start of a program, we also have a range of inclusive resources to help, including a word board, visual schedule and social story all available here with the program schedule so you’ll know what’s happening from week to week.

You can also complete our online Lane Ranger (coach or deliverer) course, roll on over to our Lane Ranger section to find out more – it will give you a better idea of the program essentials.

EXCITING NEWS! Kids can now sign up to Bowl Patrol using state or territory funded vouchers
Find out if they’re available in YOUR state or territory;

VICTORIA ‘Get Active’ https://www.getactive.vic.gov.au/vouchers/

NORTHERN TERRITORY ‘Sport Voucher’ https://sportvoucher.nt.gov.au/

NEW SOUTH WALES ‘Active Kids’ https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids

SOUTH AUSTRALIA ‘Sports Vouchers’ http://www.sportsvouchers.sa.gov.au/ (Child’s Medicare number is ‘voucher code’)
South Australians; please email a completed copy of your Sport Voucher to [email protected]

QUEENSLAND ‘Fair Play’ https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/apply

WESTERN AUSTRALIA ‘KidSport’ https://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals/kidsport

TASMANIA ‘Ticket to Play’ https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play

The voucher administration process varies from state to state, mostly, parents need to surrender the voucher to the centre or state coordinator who claim the rebate and finalise online registration. Visit our ‘Contact Us‘ page for your state or territory coordinator. Register for a program using your voucher by completing a registration at www.bowlpatrol.com.au/find-a-program

Program Features

8 SESSION PROGRAM: 60 minute sessions, recommended once per week.
ON THE MOVE: Maximum of 3 children per lane so they are always active
SHORTENED LANES: Modified length to match ability of each child (9m, 12m, 15m, full length)
SHORTENED GAMES: 5-Frame games (half a normal game) to keep children focused.
CHALLENGING: No bumpers or ramps used to ensure skill technique development.
6 LEVELS of ACHIEVEMENT: progression based on skill not age.
MODIFIED SCORING: Simplified scoring in early stages, score what you knock down.
LANE RANGERS: Program delivered by trained facilitators.
REWARDING: Recognition of individual achievements and progress.
INCLUSIVE: Through partnerships with Autism Spectrum Australia and others we’ve created a number of resources to ensure the learning experience is a positive one. Siblings and friends can learn to bowl together, in the same program, regardless of age, ability or gender.


Patroller Pack with your first registration receive t-shirt, cap and drink bottle

Jason Belmonte’s 2-handed bowling technique

Inclusion Resources social story, word board and visual schedule