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U19s World Lacrosse Championships

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Next month 23 young athletes will travel to Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada to represent England in the U19s World Lacrosse Championships.

19 of the boys play for lacrosse clubs in the North West namely Brooklands, Mellor, Poynton, Norbury, Rochdale, Stockport and Timperley with the remaining 4 based in the U.S.A. The clubs have their own junior training programmes in place and alongside these, English Lacrosse runs talent development programmes which have played an important role in raising the performance of the boys and contributing to their selection for the national team.

Recognising the importance of developing emerging talent, English Lacrosse is enhancing its talent development system further, retaining the best elements of the current programmes and taking into account best practice from other high performing sports.  

Since selection in April 2015 the boys have been supported through a structured training programme including intensive training weekends and weights, gym and cardio sessions. Sprints up sand dunes being a particular favourite! The boys have been encouraged to develop self-reliance and self-discipline as many of the sessions require them working alone; also the importance of being organised as they balance work, study and fundraising.

Each of them is required to raise £4,500 as lacrosse receives no funding. Many of the boys aspire to full England honours when the next senior World Championships is held in 2018 in Manchester and these acquired skills will help them achieve this goal.

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