Help women’s lax reach World Cup

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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

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