Help women’s lax reach World Cup
THE WOMEN’S LACROSSE WORLD CUP is fast approaching—it’s to be held in Guildford, Surrey, this July—and the England team is more confident than ever before. Last year, they beat bronze medalholder Australia in the Melbourne test series; next, they defeated silver medallist Canada in the US Fall Classic in October; and now, for the first time in more than 10 years, a World Cup podium place beckons.
However, despite energy, determination and skill, the team needs help. Although the players think and play like professionals, they are still funded like an amateur club. The cost of putting Team England on the field in July is budgeted at more than £200,000. Currently, this is funded by the players, but they desperately need a stronger financial base, which would allow them to focus on the game rather than worrying about raising such a large amount of money. Brochures and supporter T-shirts will be sold at events such as the Train with Team England Day, at which younger players get the opportunity to train with the women’s squad. A fundraising Gala Ball will take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford, attended by Lord Lieutenant Michael More Molyneux. The team needs as much publicity and support as possible in the run-up to July to ensure the best chance of victory. Visit www.2017worldlacrosse.com to buy tickets for the World Cup, www.pledge sports.org/projects/lacrosse-world-cup2017-england/ to support the team with a donation and bit.ly/englandball to buy tickets for the Gala Ball. Henrietta Cunningham