SEMLA Host Successful Youth Academy

Following on from a successful SEMLA Academy training session in March, twenty-four players travelled to London for an intensive afternoon’s coaching. Despite the weather, players came from Spencer, Foxes, Portsmouth, Winchester and even one all the way from Bath.

Head coach Peter Compton organised the Academy with individual bases for face-offs, shooting, defensive concepts, team attaching concepts and goalkeeping. Martin Cragg from English Lacrosse joined the session to asses the players with the aim to recruit players for the National Academy and the English Lacrosse Talent Pathway. The day culminated with a U14 and U17 players competing in a scrimmage game to end the session.

groupRegional & Talent Coordinator, Martin Cragg commented: “English Lacrosse is working to create three regional centres to deliver a national talent pathway for U15 and U17 boys; with the overall aim to produce a system that enables players to reach their athletic potential as lacrosse players and prepare them to play for England in future.”

“SEMLA, have previously organised three training sessions for all junior players to attend, during the summer Jane Powell and I met with Peter Compton and Ray Wood to discuss how to align the needs of the south players to the talent pathway programme.”

“I was pleased to meet 25 enthusiastic young players from various clubs in the south, you demonstrated athleticism and understanding throughout the afternoon of practices and small sided games. As this was the first real occasion whereby I’d seen a range of young players from the south, I was encouraged to observe the confidence shown in attacking play to be direct as well as feed to well timed cuts from team mates. It is only right and appropriate to thanks Tracy Woodall for her support, Ray Wood and Peter Compton who organised all the coaching.”

English Lacrosse would like to congratulate Ray Wood, Peter Compton and Tracy Woodall for organising a successful session.