Workers in Chelmsford have started to use their lunchtimes to compete in a free beginners’ lacrosse league as part of the National Workplace Challenge.
On Tuesday 24 January, 38 people attended the first of 10 weekly sessions of the Workplace Lacrosse League, a fun and relaxed introduction to the game for all abilities using simple POP lacrosse rules.
The players are given introductory coaching, teaching the basic skills and rules of the game and over the next couple of months will take part in 5 a-side matches to ultimately crown a Workplace Challenge champion.
The Workplace Challenge is a national campaign developed through the County Sport Partnership Network designed to promote sport, physical activity and health in offices and workplaces across the UK.
Working in partnership with Active Essex and Buckhurst Hill LC, English Lacrosse has supported the creation of the workplace lacrosse league to encourage people to get active as well as possibly introducing them to a new sport.
Dave Coldwell, English Lacrosse Participation & Communities Manager, said: “The Workplace Challenge is another example by which English Lacrosse is working to increase the opportunities for casual, recreational lacrosse sessions for individuals who may not be able to commit to the traditional weekend match schedule.
“The sessions are designed to present the game in a fun and friendly environment and are ideal for introducing new people to lacrosse”.
In addition to the Workplace Challenge, the first ReLax Recreational lacrosse session took place on Thursday evening at Egham Leisure Centre, providing a fun, short one-hour pay-and-play session for adults looking to get their lacrosse fix in the evenings.
The weekly ReLax sessions are open to all abilities and more information can be found on the ReLax group Facebook page here
Dave added: “The Workplace Challenge and ReLax sessions have allowed us to increase our offer of a varied lacrosse programme and continue to make the game more accessible to the lacrosse community”.