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Home internationals lacrosse selection

Published on 10/02/20

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil, Jess F, who has been selected as a travelling reserve for the England lacrosse U19 national squad for the upcoming home internationals taking place in Wales between 3-5 April 2020.

Jess was invited to join the U17 England regional academy in 2018 and later successfully trialled for the U19 national academy in Oxford. The academies offer a structured programme, delivering a combination of practical and theory sessions designed to provide a great environment for players to flourish and develop their skills.

Jess writes:

Academy players are also required to practice between sessions so we also work with our school and club coaches on technical and tactical components of our performance. We are lucky at Claremont to have great coaches to help us reach our potential and to support us on our sporting journey and this has been key to my development.

The national academy is made up of girls from across the country and we all meet for training weekends at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire. It’s hard work but fun and a great experience being part of a demanding team. Playing with girls that are older and more experienced has pushed me outside of my comfort zone, helped me become more analytical about my own performances and has improved my confidence as a player.

Obviously, we need to field our strongest England U19 squad for the tournament so I hope that no-one gets injured, but I am on standby should I need to pull on an England shirt and play! It’s such an exciting prospect and would be such a privilege to represent my country, so I am training hard to maintain my fitness level so I am ready should I be called upon.

My advice to any lacrosse player is to always give your best effort for your team; even on a cold wet day! It’s important to take feedback on board from your coaches and try to put their recommendations into practice. Sometimes it’s hard when things don’t go to plan, but you have to fix your pony tail and carry on!”

Following last years’ world championships, the England team are currently ranked fourth in the world and we wish Jess all the best as the squad prepares for the tournament.