This year’s British National Championships is being held for the 15th year at Wilmslow Lacrosse Club in Styal and takes place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend starting 10.00am on the Saturday and concluding with the Championship at approx 4.00pm on the Sunday.
This senior lacrosse tournament sees 12 of the very best men’s teams in the UK compete for the Nick Kehoe Trophy and the right to call themselves British Champions 2013. Teams from Scotland, Wales, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, South of England will compete with National University sides & the young England Academy. Many of the current Team England players will be on the field representing their county & for the first time the Cheshire & Lancashire clubs have been split into 3 North West teams as part of the new territorial structure in the North of England.
British University lacrosse will be well represented with National squads pulled from England, Scotland and Wales and this highlights the impressive growth in recent years of lacrosse within most universities. Over recent years the Championship has been dominated by Cheshire and Lancashire with Lancs the current champions having beaten their neighbours 6 – 5 last year in an exciting final that was decided in overtime. So the creation of 3 North West teams now might dilute the traditional strength of the old guard although there is strength and depth in the NW club lacrosse scene so it will be interesting to see how this new set up works.
English Universities have also given up the past split of North & South because they now have a regional structure as part of their elite pathway for player development and should be a stronger force as a result.
For all the teams this is an intense weekend with a structure that allows all teams the opportunity to compete for the Championship and play ever more competitive games as they find their respective level during the competition.
Tournament organiser Clive Perrin said “Wilmslow LC are delighted to host the 15th Annual BNC and look forward to welcoming some 360 lacrosse players and officials to Styal. Since ELA President Elect Nick Kehoe’s tragic death in Scotland, whilst climbing one on the Munroes, we have maintained the ideal he established and seen the Tournament expand as the sport has grown in the UK. I would like to think the BNC has helped all the Home Nations progress and it has become a significant event in the GB sporting calendar.”
There is no entry charge to spectators and all are welcome to come along and see why they say lacrosse is the fastest sport on 2 legs!
- England U19s
- South Development
- Scotland Plate Winners
- English Unis
- Wales U19s
- Scotland U19s
- Welsh Uni’s
2013 Conference Groups & Schedule
North West (West)
North West (Central)
North West (East)