Ian McCombes, Just Bowl Co-Ordinator
Originally from an engineering background, Ian studied for a degree in Sports Development as a mature student at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth before moving to the Gambia to volunteer with the Gambian National Olympic Committee.
On his return to the UK, Ian worked for City College Plymouth as an Activities Coordinator and completed a MA in Sports Development before moving to Yorkshire where he worked as a Further Education Sports Coordinator and Sports Lecturer at Yorkshire Coast College.
From 2011to 2018 Ian worked for AoC Sport (formerly British Colleges Sport) in separate roles supporting colleges to provide sporting opportunities for their students.
He was also responsible for project managing the organisations cup finals and National Championships, as well as working closely with the Rugby Football Union to provide insight into rugby in the Further Education sector.
Kevin Else, Just Bowl Officer
Kevin has spent the last 10 years setting up and running his own business. He has worked with the BDA previously, delivering numerous Play Bowls Roadshows across the country, including the roadshow that was part of the 2012 Olympics on the beach in Weymouth, many County Shows and numerous events which focused on disability all providing the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to try the sport.
Of the Just Bowl project, Kevin said “I’m looking forward to the challenge of working with those that are presently inactive and encouraging them to take up the sport. The aim will be to set up fun and exciting activities where people can interact with each other, socialise and become more active. I’m delighted to be part of the Just Bowl project and I am very excited to start and really make a difference to people’s lives and create an active lifestyle for those that need it most.”