Manchester University played host to the inaugural Lacrosse Manchester Challenge this weekend, this is the first in many Lacrosse spectacles that will be hosted at the venue in the run up the FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championships in 2018. Manchester University welcomed the Lacrosse world in 2010, staging what is widely believed to be the best World Championships to date. In 2018 the doors will re open as they host the World Lacrosse Championships once again.
In addition to over 31 teams playing over 2 days of lacrosse competition, Team England were on site holding one of the final training sessions before they embark on their 2014 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships journey, which takes them to Denver, Colorado.
Team England were honoured to meet the Lord Mayor of Manchester Susan Cooley who was present to wish the team good luck at the Championships. Lord Mayor Cooley also toured the junior tournament and met with senior members of English Lacrosse and Manchester University. The Lord Mayor herself has experience of playing lacrosse in her schools days in Wythenshawe.
Later that day Team England also hosted a meet-and-greet for the juniors and staged an inter-squad exhibition game.
English Lacrosse is looking to expand the event next year, with the plan of developing a National Centre of Lacrosse at the University of Manchester Armitage Centre ahead of the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championships.