LAUSANNE, Switzerland May3, 2021 – International Bowling Federation (IBF), the global governing body for the sport of Tenpin, Ninepin and Para Bowling, and Funk Bowling, family owned and operated, Funk and sister company Spellmann have over 130 years of experience in the bowling equipment manufacturing and installation business, are excited to announce they have entered into a new long term agreement granting Funk the Official Partner status.
The IBF and Funk partnership goes beyond a traditional sponsorship agreement. IBF and Funk will work together on a series of initiatives to grow ninepin bowling globally, to increase its popularity and worldwide reach and to make it more successful, more sustainable, and more inclusive as an international sport.
Funk will be the IBF global bowling equipment supplier and partner for IBF Elite Events and multi-sport games where Ninepin features in full support of all ninepin federations.
This partnership will enable an increase in the ability to adapt to differing stakeholder priorities especially with sustainability and climate change being of the utmost importance.
The relationship signifies a major increase in the commercial value of international bowling with IBF’s exclusive use of Funk technology and bowling infrastructure.
The Funk values and mindset allows for bowling to be more sustainable for the environment and for bowling proprietors in the future. Funk will be utilized in emerging markets where bowling centers are not common place as IBF looks to increase the numbers of National Bowling Federations and Academy programs globally for Ninepin.