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Sportivate Lacrosse Satellite Club Review: East Grinstead Lacrosse Club

Through Sport England's 'Sportivate' programme, a two year funding bursary from Active Sussex enabled a Lacrosse Satellite Club to be set up and developed. Based at Imberhorne School, East Grinstead, the Lacrosse Satellite Club was focussed on targeting inactive young people. The project targeted and attracted these inactive young people by introducing them to a new and unique sport, Lacrosse, with a role model linked to the local East Grinstead Lacrosse Club who had the energy and drive to motivate the participants from the very first session to the last.

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Our particular application for Satellite Club funding was directed towards and supported by the East Grinstead Lacrosse Club (www.eglc.co.uk), which was established in 2004. The Club has been a well-run, community based group that is represented through two men's teams that play in the SEMLA Premier League and East Division Two respectively. They always welcome new members and were very keen to add to their contingent of female players. To this end, the Club and Imberhorne School aimed at boosting membership and depth for the men's teams, and to increase numbers sufficiently in the women's section to be able to boast a ladies team as well.

A key element to the whole project was the 'appointment' of the East Grinstead Club Coach (and ex-Ireland International) Eleni Megoran to run our sessions. Accessible to girls and boys in yrs10-13 from both Secondary schools in East Grinstead (Imberhorne and Sackville), the Satellite Club ran once a week from 4:30-5:30pm. This enabled the target group to finish school, do any other after school clubs / lessons, and then attend the Lacrosse session and get them into a regular habit of participation.

By using the funding to buy in expert tuition, brand new kit and equipment, the programme has had clear success in attracting young people into an active lifestyle. The wider impact of this programme is the establishment of the East Grinstead Women's Lacrosse team as they now have twenty six members of the East Grinstead Women's Lacrosse team. Twenty of these members have come to the club directly due to the success of the Lacrosse Satellite Club. Significantly, the club has now established a Women's Committee and two members of the group are from the Satellite Club. This is empowering for the girls and will teach them great life skills as well as increase their social well-being.

Apart from the massive success within the girls section, five boys also regularly attended the Satellite Club and they now play for the East Grinstead Men's Lacrosse Club and take part in self motivated fitness training as well as club training.

We would like to go on record to thank Jo Ashworth from Active Sussex for supporting our plans and making our goals a reality.

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