LAWRENCE HAS RAISED THE PROFILE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL IN INVERCLYDE AND THE UK TREMENDOUSLY - WE ARE PROUD TO BE A TEAM FROM HIS HOME TOWN AND LOOK TO HIM AS A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR THE KIDS IN INVERCLYDE. WE HOPE THAT MANY WILL TAKE UP THIS GREAT SPORT AS A RESULT

 

Feb 9 2008 By Craig McDonald - Daily Record

SCOTS Super Bowl star Lawrence Tynes has sparked a wave of interest in the sport in his home country.

Youngsters have been queueing up to get involved since their new hero took a starring role in the New York Giants' thrilling 17-14 victory over New England Patriots.

And the coach of Inverclyde Phoenix, in placekicker Lawrence's home town of Greenock, said the reaction has been "amazing".

Vincent Gillen, 45, who normally works as a museum curator, only formed the team on Sunday - the day of the Super Bowl.

The Washington Redskins fan added: "I issued a general invite to local schools and youth clubs and hoped for the best.

"The response was better than I could possibly have wished for. Now it's up to us to keep it going."

He added: "Lawrence is a great role model and everyone seems to be talking about the sport at the moment."

Vincent is looking for sponsors to help pay for equipment that costs up to £250 a player.

Inverclyde Phoenix are the latest side to join the British American Football Association, the sport's UK governing body.

A similar surge in interest has been reported across Scotland thanks to Lawrence, the first Scot ever to win the Super Bowl.

Mark Bramwell, head coach of Fife Fire, said: "We are getting massive interest and are absolutely delighted."