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English lawn bowlers of the future

23 July 2002

Fitness and dietary regimes aren’t normally something you associate with lawn bowls players, but the new young players know it’s the way to go, if they want to top the sport in the years to come.

Heaton Park

Heaton Park is the venue for the lawn bowls competitions

Team England’s Lawn Bowls performance co-ordinator, Tony Allcock, insists his young guns will be the key to his team’s success at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Allcock said: “We have got a futuristic team, with a lot of young players. We’ve got some experience there, but the young ones are not there just for these Games, but for the next, and the ones after as well.”

Allcock has overseen a massive cash injection into the sport, which has prompted a flood of new players.

He conceded the competitive climate has forced Sport England to act to avoid total dominance by the southern hemisphere countries – but he feared the funding may have come too late for the Manchester Commonwealth Games

“We have trained for 15 months, and we’re up against teams, such as Australia and New Zealand, who have been training since the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games. We have come from having almost no funding to the situation we have now in just over a year,” said Allcock.

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