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  Tenpin bowling schools championships
Updated 11 April 2002, 18.02
The tenpin bowling championship
Pupils from secondary schools all over the country have been battling it out in the bowling alleys to win competition prize cash for their school.

'You've got to practise every day'

Contestant scores a strike
Stoke Park school from Coventry eventually took first place in the finals of the Megabowl's Tenpin Bowling Schools Championship.

The team scored an impressive 1003 points, 31 points clear of the second place winner, Bishop Rawstorne school in Preston, and 82 points more than third place team Bexleyheath School.

Fact File
Bowling dates back to 5200BC
700,000 people bowl in the UK every week
There are 276 ten pin bowling centres in Great Britain
12% of the UK population bowl regularly
There are 5608 bowling lanes in Great Britain
King Henry the eighth bowled using cannon balls
Stoke Park champions have been in training in and out of school for several months. Top scorer Louise Harwood, 15, told CBBC Newsround Online: "We do get to do bowling for PE sometimes, about every two weeks."

Another of the team's top players, Kyle Kavanagh, 14, has been tenpin bowling since he was just four-years-old. He said: "To be good you've got to practise. I practise every day!"

Ten secondary schools made it to the finals, which took place on Thursday at Bexleyheath Megabowl.

Winner takes cash share

The winning school, along with two runners up, won a share of 7,000 cash to spend on school.

Katrina Thomson, 14
Katrina Thomson, 14
Winners or not, the contestants seemed to be having a lot of fun. Katrina Thomson, 14, from Aberdeen said: "The atmosphere here today's really good. Everyone, including the teachers, have been really enthusiastic."

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