U14's at 2015 Holder Trophy

Holder Trophy 2015

 

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The Annual Holder trophy is hosted by Spencer LC every October, there are three age groups U12/U14/U16 and this year Bath managed to put together a U14 team, players came from Chippenham, Melksham and Radstock.

 

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For the past two years English Lacrosse and Bath Lacrosse has been working with WESPORT (The county Sports Partnership) to deliver a “Satellite Club” at Writhlington School in Radstock. Up till now delivery has been via the ELA coach based in Bristol on behalf of Bath, but this year Bath LC’s resident coach Luke Wilmot has taken over the sessions. Although open to all comers, because the programme is based at the school, it tends to be the pupils that take part. The school is very keen on developing Lacrosse from a young age, and, as well as providing 6 of the boys that travelled to London they have entered a U13 girls team into the National School competition in March, a rare undertaking for a state school.

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Work in Schools in Melksham Trowbridge and Chippenham has been providing players in small numbers, 3 of these players were recruited to make the squad representing Bath.

For many this would be the first time they had worn full kit, coaches become adept at popping chinstraps on helmets, adjusting Velcro on pads and explaining rules of Lacrosse over and over.

 

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This year there was only 3 teams in the U14 category, Bath, Spencer and Portsmouth Pythons, this would be partly due to the recent cessation of Visas and resulting lack of American LDO’s at various clubs. Each played each other twice giving for games, more than enough.

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Bath lost 3 and won 1, not a bad record, and they managed to score in all the games. The important thing is they got to play in full kit, and they made some friends on the way. Hopefully from this will come a couple of full games against Pythons and Spencer.

 

Travelling to London with a team of U14’s relies heavily on parental, teacher and club volunteer support, and the club thanks all those that helped whole heartedly (you know who you are).

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Although Bath struggle to regularly field junior teams, there has always been a trickle of good Lacrosse players borne out of the investment by the club, currently 5 of the First team have come through the programme, as well as one of the seconds. Bath are also proud to have players at several Universities and clubs around the country