As part of Women’s Sport Week, we spoke to the Women’s team at East Grinstead, a side that have made a lot of progress in a short space of time, all down to their passion for being involved in the sport.
East Grinstead has had an established men’s side for a number of years; however, despite previous efforts, it wasn’t until 2013 when Eleni Megoran joined the club that a women’s side was finally formed. Working as a teacher, targeting schools and students, around 30 beginners were drawn to the club, proving the foundation for today’s women team.
The girls spoke about their pride of having a lot of homegrown players who first started playing the game at the Sussex club. Since then, girls have left to go to university where they continued to develop their skills and passion for the sport and have now come back to play for the club.
“At East Grinstead we welcome all experience and abilities. We were brought together through our love and passion of the sport and we want to encourage people to give lacrosse a go. Having fun is the aim!
“Most of us in the team love a variety of sport, but lacrosse is something different. It’s a huge adrenaline rush and has an amazing social side. There’s an extreme sense of pride from everyone involved in lacrosse and a close community surrounding the sport.”
The team have also put a lot of effort in to the promotion of the club and are seeing more new girls interested in coming along.
“There has been a lot of interest in joining our team and the club recently. A lot of our players seem to have come through our social media efforts, when promoting the club on Instagram, Facebook and our website.
“Players have also heard about us through word of mouth, it’s great to meet players that are keen to join us because they have heard good things about the club.”
And all the efforts off the field in recent years now seem to be paying off on the field as East Grinstead finished as champions of the South East Women’s Division 2 this season, losing just one match and have earned promotion to Division 1 in only their second year in the league.
“If you had told us in our first season that we would be promoted at the end of our second season, we would have been very surprised, but having seen the players and team develop each match we are more proud than anything else.”
And while the success has been an added bonus for the girls, they say it’s mostly about the fun, fitness and great community spirit the game provides.
“The skill that is required during training and matches, makes for an exciting and challenging way to keep fit, especially if you’re not a fan of the gym! There’s no better way to keep fit than hanging out with your teammates, being a bit aggressive but also having a laugh at the same time.”
And the girls are looking forward to seeing the world’s best players on display at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in three weeks’ time.
“It’s always good to watch lacrosse, but seeing it played at a high standard isn’t just an inspiration for us for the start of the season, it’s also an inspiration for anyone curious about lacrosse.
“It’s going to be a fantastic World Cup and we are wishing all the teams luck, but obviously seeing England on the podium would be a top result!”