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Qualifiers roll in ahead of Rathbones National POP

Two more schools have secured their place at the 2018 Rathbones National POP Lacrosse Championships after winning their Regional qualifying tournaments.

St Hugh’s, from Woodhall Spa, won the Lincolnshire POP tournament, while Lindfield Primary were victorious in the Mid-Sussex POP qualifier, booking their spots in Sheffield for 24 June.

The Lincolnshire Pop Lacrosse tournament was hosted at the Sleaford Sports Association‘s ground on Friday 18 May with schools from throughout Lincolnshire travelling to the venue to play in the event coordinated by volunteer Mike Aspinall, and supported by James Aspinall in addition to Alex and Jack from CGS Outreach.

While St Hugh’s took the win, Grasby Primary finished second only on goal difference, with Parish Church, Gainsborough, in third, and Metheringham Primary, who it has to be said scored the ‘goal of the day’, in fourth.

Medals were presented to the schools provided by the Junior Sports Programme Trust Ltd.

Mike Aspinall, who officiated throughout the day, said: “All the matches were extremely competitive, the players showing great skill and enthusiasm in the sport new to all of them”.

Sophie Bartup, Regional Coordinator, who attended from English Lacrosse commented: “What a fantastic day it was, the passion and enthusiasm for POP Lacrosse from players, teachers and parents was brilliant to see.

“I was very pleased that all schools expressed their interest in expanding Lacrosse in their area to ensure more schools are playing the game.”

On Monday 21 May, East Grinstead Sports Club hosted the third annual POP Lacrosse event in conjunction with Mid Sussex Active, East Grinstead LC, and English Lacrosse.

Coaches from these organisations worked together to create a festival of skills and drills, as well as matches.

The games were fun and competitive and the nine competing teams enjoyed the challenge of learning a new sport and putting their new skills into practice.

After 4 rounds of matches, the top 3 schools were:

1st = Lindfield
2nd = Copthorne
3rd = St Peter’s (East Grinstead)

Luke Wylie, EL Regional Coordinator, commented: “64 children took part this year at East Grinstead which is an increase on the last two years, and the feedback from the event has been brilliant.

“EGLC should be commended for running the lacrosse delivery throughout the day; a fine example of local community engagement”.

English Lacrosse would like to thank all the schools, teachers, parents, volunteers, and sports partnerships for their hard work and effort to ensure these events are a success.

Rathbones Investment Management have agreed to sponsor the National POP Championships for 2018, supporting children to take their first steps in playing the game.