English Lacrosse is pleased to announce that UK Visas & Immigration has reactivated our UK Immigration Endorsement License to enable our organisation to employ or assist other lacrosse organisations in employing overseas workers from outside the EU.
The Endorsement License allows English Lacrosse to make Tier 2 and Tier 5 governing body endorsements for sponsors and prospective coaches taking up a Head Coach role in the UK.
The application process for endorsement will be open to English Lacrosse affiliated clubs and universities competing in their highest respective leagues throughout the UK with any potential coaches required to also meet the criteria set out in the EL Endorsement Guidelines HERE
All clubs and universities will be required to become a licensed sponsor endorsed by English Lacrosse should they wish to make an application for an individual coach.
The application for any individual will then also require English Lacrosse endorsement ensuring all the relevant criteria are successfully met.
EL’s endorsement license was suspended in August 2015 and since then, we have been working diligently with UKVI and the Home Office, through our legal representatives, to have the suspension lifted and endorsement reinstated.
Mark Coups, English Lacrosse Chief Executive, said: “I am very pleased that we have managed to reach a positive outcome with UKVI to reactivate our UK Immigration Endorsement License.
“This decision now opens the door for us to consider how overseas workers can be employed in Lacrosse to improve our knowledge and performance and how both EL and member clubs can employ high quality, lacrosse coaches going forward.
“This reactivation represents the culmination of over two years of efforts from staff and our representatives to resolve a significant issue for our sport and I would like to thank UKVI for their assistance during the process, as well as all parties who have played a part in making this happen”.
The application process and the accompanying forms for endorsement will be available from Monday 11 December on the English Lacrosse website along with supporting documents and guidelines to help through the process.
Clubs should be aware that the rules in place for the endorsement have changed from the previous agreement and any club or university wishing to discuss the opportunity of overseas workers should contact their relevant Regional Coordinator for clarification.