Thursday, 23 July 2009

Now we are really on our way

This time next year we will be in the middle of the FIL World Championships. Hope the weather is better than it was in Prague and better than it has been in Manchester over the last few weeks . However. our nervous visits to the Armitage Centre, have at least shown how well drained the University fields but wall to wall sunshine next year would be good . I thought we were supposed to be experiencing global warming.

Another piece of good news from the University is that work has started on replacing the two ATP pitches . Alison Odell, the Director of Sport has done a great job getting this project off the ground , particularly in this economic climate. So we will have top class facilities to play on.

On Tuesday we had the official launch of 2010 at Manchester Town Hall . There was a great turn out with over 100 invited guests who saw English Lacrosse Co- President Claire Stoote hand over the FIL Flag which she received in Prague to Manchester City Council Head of Leisure , Eamonn O'Rourke.

Co President David Marsden led the event and their was a presentation update from CEO David Shuttleworth. Coach Dave Elwood pointed out to everyone how the lack of funding from UK Sport is hampering the team's preparation. How an organisation can have so much money and perform so incompetently is amazing.

Henry Vardon from the national champion Hale Prep POP team represented the players of tomorrow and members of the England squad represented the team of 2010. They did an impressively professional job (even though they have no money!) and were a real cedit to the sport.

The launch created a big buzz amongst all those who attended . It is now a matter of keeping the momentum going . If we do we will have a great event next year.

Congratulations to Caroline Royle and ELA staff on a really good job.

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