Coach pro­motes lacrosse

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLERY

An emerg­ing sport in the Waikato is work­ing to­wards es­tab­lish­ing its first home ground, while push­ing into ru­ral schools, as de­mand ex­ceeds fore­cast growth in the re­gion.

Lacrosse coach Dean Forman also hopes to fur­ther in­ter­est in the sport in Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville where he’s been work­ing un­der Ki­wiS­port to pro­mote the code to in­ter­me­di­ateaged chil­dren.

Forman is coach of the Cam­bridge High School lacrosse team but works through­out the re­gion help­ing to de­velop new coaches and pro­grammes.

This year he has pushed out from Hamil­ton into ru­ral towns with plans to head to South Waikato next year.

‘‘There has been strong in­ter­est from those [Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville] ar­eas which is great. This has been the first year we’ve had a funded role to de­velop the sport, work­ing with in­ter­me­di­ate schools, to act as feed­ers, so there is a flow go­ing through to the high schools.’’

Next year he also hopes to start work with pri­mary schools in the dis­trict, to grow player in­ter­est on to in­ter­me­di­ate schools. Two re­cent tour­na­ments in the Waikato demon­strated how well play­ers had de­vel­oped their skill level in re­cent years.

‘‘For us to go to the next level, we need our own home ground. We’re try­ing the shared-use model but be­cause we are grow­ing so much, it’s putting a strain on those fa­cil­i­ties. Lacrosse is just an emerg­ing sport. We have good re­la­tion­ships with other clubs and those re­la­tions are go­ing to be key to sourc­ing a home ground.’’

Lacrosse coach Dean Forman is tak­ing the sport into prin­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate schools.

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