The speed at which the World championships are approaching is becoming terrifying.
We are now just over 10 months away and the work to be done just seems to increase.
Luckily things seem to be falling into place. Work is advancing well at the university on replacing the astro turfs . The new surfaces will be excellent and perfect for top class Lacrosse.
We are finalising the details for release of the tickets which should be before the end of the month and our travel partner ATP will be going live any time now. To mark the launch of ticket sales we will be offering a hefty discount on season tickets which are bought before 18th Oct.
There is also a growing amount of interest in the Festival with about 65% of the available entry slots already spoken for and a lot of interest from North America. The Festival could be fully subscribed by Xmas!!
We have a lot of concerns as to how the grass pitches will stand upto so many games particularly if the weather is bad (It never rains in Manchester in July!!) however during the recent deluges we have been keeping an eye on the fields at the Firs and they have really been in excellent condition-seeming to drain exceptionally well.
We are just starting our campaign for sponsorship and in this economic climate that will not be easy but we are putting togather packages for every budget from a few hundred pounds to many thousands.
The Steering Group which has been meeting for three years is planning to step up its activity which is a sure sign that things are getting hectic.
The big job at the moment is looking at the number of volunteers which will be wanted for the event -truly frightening . We are currently writing job descriptions for the many roles which will need to be done . Some will be Lacrosse specific and some will be of a more general nature and will possibly need people who have expereince of previous events and there is a strong core of M/c volunteers which is a legacy of the commonwealth Games. We need to be ready to look for our volunteer force hwen the season starts at the end of September.