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EL Announcement on the SEMLA Sixes Incident 23rd April

It is with great relief and pleasure I and all English Lacrosse staff and volunteers are able to wish Reading Wildcat’s Will Stott a speedy recovery from what could have been a very grave injury.

Will was playing lacrosse on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the South of England Men’s six a side tournament hosted by Reading Lacrosse Club. During the game Will received the impact of a shot to his chest. The shot was not dangerous or overly powerful, however, the impact caused Will to collapse and stop breathing.

Reading Lacrosse Club had taken all advised medical precautions for the tournament, with a qualified first aider on site, full first aid kit and on site access to a defibrillator. Coincidentally an ambulance crew were on site at the critical moment attending to another injury and Paramedics were able to respond instantly to administer treatment which resulted in Will being resuscitated and subsequently taken to hospital.

Will should be discharged from hospital this week and we have been informed that his recovery from the accident is going well which is excellent news.

I will be working with the English Lacrosse Chief Medical Officer, other senior staff and key volunteers to review the incident and in due course make any necessary recommendations to the game in light of this unusual accident.

We wish Will a quick and full recovery and also wish to thank the first aiders and SEMLA officials present at the tournament, the Berkshire ambulance service and the royal Berkshire Hospital for their timely actions and professional assistance in dealing with this incident.

Mark Coups
CEO, English Lacrosse