3rd April 2012, 1:41pm
English lacrosse team train in Lincoln
National Senior Men's Lacrosse Team The best men’s lacrosse players in the nation were in Lincoln last weekend for a training camp based at the University of Lincoln’s playing fields.

This visit comes on the back of development work carried out by the Lincolnshire Active Community Network (LACN) whose work has encouraged the team to train in the county, and led to the start of a local lacrosse community club. Team Manager of the Senior English Lacrosse Team, Matthew Nugent, said the camp has been designed to focus athletes before the upcoming European Championships to be held in Amsterdam in June.

“We are the reigning European champions and hope to retain the title. The training camp is to focus the team and will also help selectors choose 23 players to compete for the title from the 37 man squad,” he said.

Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln said it was great to have such elite athletes in Lincoln.

“Attracting some of the nation’s best athletes is testament to the University and county’s superior sports facilities the former of which will be used by the Egyptian Paralympics Team later in the year,” he said.

This isn’t the first time premier Lacrosse players have been attracted to Lincolnshire. Last year, encouraged by the LACN, the under 19 lacrosse squad visited Lincoln and played against an American team in front of a strong crowd. According to Facilities Improvement Manager at the LACN, David Carter, this visit was a catalyst to starting a lacrosse community club in the county and encouraging the senior team to return this year.

“It’s also hoped that a further three lacrosse clubs will be started over the next 12 months,” he said.

“Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and the LACN are also working with various other initiatives that support sports participation such as Behind the Fence, which looks at opening facilities which have not traditionally been open to members of the public.”

“Quest for Gold is another initiative designed to encourage people to take part in 33 Olympic sports at their local county clubs. We also have silver spirit which encourages people over fifty to become involved in sport or an activity related to the Olympics.”

The University of Lincoln is a partner in the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. For more information about the partnership, please go to: http://lincolnshiresports.com/
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