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Club Launches Junior Programme

Club Launches Junior Programme

The Maidstone Lacrosse Club are incredibly happy to announce the launch of a Junior lacrosse programme starting 5th October 2015, running on Mondays from 6pm – 7.30pm at the clubs home in Sutton Valence.


In July 2015 the club launched its Junior Summer Camp scheme, supported by the Maidstone Borough Council Community Play Scheme Fund, which spanned a total of 11 weeks. The camps were incredibly well-attended, with a total of 33 boys and girls from the local area and further throughout Kent. Sessions were all oriented towards beginners with more skills and techniques being brought into the camps as the summer progressed – ranging from passing & catching to shooting drills, ground balls (picking the ball up from the floor using the lacrosse stick), and checking – all building towards playing big team games.

Many of the young people that attended had never played Lacrosse, with some having played a little at school here and there. That said, everybody soon made it clear that they were having a great time – with parents and children alike passing us their compliments and thanks for well-led, fun, and engaging sessions – several parents thanking us for giving their kids something to do over the summer if only once a week.

Going forward, running these camps have become much more than just a summer project for the Maidstone Lacrosse Club. Together with the fantastic attendance, the brilliant feedback, and the sheer passion for the game (and with some, natural talent) that was been exhibited; the club knew that it had to keep going.

As a result the Maidstone Lacrosse Club are proud to announce that this year it will be launching its very first junior programme. The programme will take the form of a weekly club for boys and girls aged 9-14 to train and learn the ways of the game while having fun, with a plan to stage friendly fixtures against other junior sides in Kent and further afield in the longer term.

Training will run on Monday nights from 6pm – 7.30pm at the Sutton Valence Sports Hall – which is where the clubs senior Mens and Womens teams train and is adjacent to the club’s home playing ground.

The programme, which will hugely benefit from the equipment purchased using the local council’s funding, will be run by the club’s committee – with players from both the men’s and women’s senior teams volunteering their time to coach young people into game-ready lacrosse players.

Ultimately, this new arm of the Maidstone Lacrosse club is a particularly exciting prospect. As well as offering young people in Kent an alternative to mainstream sports, it also means that the club will be able to nurture its own development side with the ability for all young people who join the programme to learn and progress their skills as they get older, with progression routes readily available for boys and girls to join the senior Men’s and Women’s teams once they turn 15.

To register a young person for a place on the junior programme, please complete this form.

 

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October 4th, 2015

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