I have been selected to represent England at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in NYC this September – but I need your help!
About the project
I started playing lacrosse very late compared to most at this level, having only picked up a stick for the very first time at the age of 19 at University. That being said, I was immediately hooked. The game just seemed to come very naturally to me and I remember instantly falling in love with the speed and skill required for the game.
Whilst representing my University team, I also played for local side, Cheltenham, which really helped me to develop as a player. Head coach, Andrew Dillon, aka Bikkies (to those who know him best) was a massive influence of mine and has always pushed me to compete at the highest level.
My third year of study at University required me to complete an industry placement year. I was very fortunate enough to get to complete this year in Adelaide, South Australia. During 2010/11, I saw a huge progression in my game. Playing for the ETP Redwings, under head coach, Lee Vickery, I learnt an incredible amount about the game. It was here that I made the leap from playing small time UK University lacrosse to Australian State League (all within a minor 3 years of playing). The State League that I was competing in played host to a number of Australian international players, so you can imagine that the standard of lacrosse that I was playing was extremely high, hence the significant strides that I saw in my own game.
Upon my return to the UK, and after a year of playing Australian State League, I was full of confidence in my lacrosse ability. So much so, I have represented the South of England lacrosse team at every British National Championships consecutively since 2012.
At the start of 2013, and after a very gruelling trial process, I was selected for the Team England training squad, as they made their campaign preparations for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, in Denver. Despite falling short of the final squad selection I still managed to represent England on their Boston Tour during October, 2013. The opportunity to play in the states against a series of Ivy League Colleges and NCAA Div. 1 teams, such as, Dartmouth, UMass, Harvard, Boston University, Brown and Bryant was simply an incredible experience, and one that I will never forget.
I won a SEMLA league title with the Walcountian Blues in 2013/14. However, I currently play my lacrosse for East Grinstead.
Unfortunately, whilst Lacrosse is currently one of the fastest growing sports in America, here in the UK, it is still considered an amateur sport and because of this has little or no funding for the players involved. Therefore, as players, we are expected to fund the entire trip ourselves. Our trip to New York is going to cost each player over £3,000, and whilst we are chipping away at this amount, it is still a substantial cost for each of us to deal with on top of our daily lives. We all have regular jobs during the week and we would be lying if we said that this sum of money was an affordable amount, so any help received is always greatly appreciated. If you are in a position to donate anything towards this cause, small or large, it would make a huge difference to my goal. Your donation will also be helping to raise the profile of lacrosse in the UK.
If you would like to make a donation from outside of the UK, then please get in touch with me and we can arrange a money transfer via PayPal.
Lacrosse is my passion. Having come so close to wearing the three lions last year I feel honoured to get to wear them this September. I can't wait to represent Team England.
Please help me make my dream become a reality.