Tony’s honorary degree

By: Simon Parsons


Tony Allcock receives his honorary degree from Lord Grocott, Chancellor of the University of Leicester.    photo University of Leicester

WE ALL know Tony Allcock as a successful breeder/exhibitor of toy dogs and now as a Kennel Club board member, but in his ‘other life’ he is chief executive of Bowls England, that sport’s governing body.

  For his services to bowls as a competitor he was appointed MBE in 1989.

  Now Tony has received an honorary degree from the University of Leicester, becoming a Doctor of Laws at a special graduation event at the city’s De Montfort Hall.

  In a year that has seen the city make headlines for its unprecedented sporting achievements, the University has been celebrating the achievements of those linked with the city who have excelled in their own fields. 

  Tony was born in Thurmaston, Leicestershire, and began playing bowls at the age of ten. From 1986 to 2003 he won 15 world titles. He was appointed chief executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003 and is described as ‘an influential figurehead’ in merging this and the English Women’s Bowling Association to create Bowls England in 2008.

  He said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in a city in which I was born and love. The diversity in the city is something that will be forever remembered – from the remains of Richard III being buried here a year ago to Leicester City’s victory as Premier League champions this year.”