Mixed results for Bath on the opening weekend

Mixed results for Bath on the opening weekend

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A warm welcome to the Web Site of Bath Lacrosse Club.

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We are the oldest current club team in the West of England, and welcome anybody who wants to try the great sport of Lacrosse. From beginners to experts boys, Girls, Men and Women we welcome you all, just fill in the contact form and we'll get back to you.

BLC is affiliated to the English Lacrosse Association and enters two squads at senior level into the South of England Men’s Lacrosse Association and the South West Ladies Lacrosse Association Leagues. BLC also has strong links with Bath University, giving preferential membership to Students (more for freshers) providing weekend game time in the club squads.

BLC plays its home games on the Recreation Ground in Bath, founded in 1983 the club used council pitches at Odd Down until moving to the centre of town in 1985.

BLC employs a full time Local Development Officer in order to take the game into schools in the South West, the current crop of young people now playing seniors have been representative on the English and Welsh University squads, South of England Squad at U19, U16 and U14 at various times.

One of the highlights on the Lacrosse calendar is the Bath Eights, started in 1985 to promote the club, it is now one of the biggest tournaments in Europe, traditionally held on the first Saturday in September it boasts a capacity entry of 33 teams each year, bringing over 400 lacrosse players and numerous supporters to the City.

For the club training schedule and venues

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Jon Harrop passes away

It is with the deepest regret that the club has to announce that Jon Harrop, founder member and stalwart of Bath Lacrosse Club passed away after a long illness.
 
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Jon and Penny founded the club in 1983. Jon played in goal for many years turning his hand to officiating on retirement.
As well as a “Zebra” Jon will probably be best remembered for his announcements at the Bath Eights, which he ran for 27 years.
Jon was a good friend and shall be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Bath Lacrosse Club's condolences go to Penny and the rest of the family.
 

Wilmot makes South Team

Bath's Luke Wilmot made the South of England Mens Red Squad and came away with the NEMLA plate trophy at the recent British National Championships.
 
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Luke played every game in defence against some tough opposition
 
Other Bath Players involved were:
 
 
Peter Short, Albert Whitehead and Dom Garcia - South Blue
Mark Lane and Sam King - Welsh Universities
Ross Freeguard and Max West - English Universities
Sam Smith - Yorkshire development
Congratulations to all that took part.
 
Bath's Captain Sam Scott was selected for South Red, but could not attend.
 

Bath to celebrate 30 years

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 Bath Lacrosse club is 30 years old    

Action at the 2012 Bath EightsWhen Penny Bourne met Jon Harrop it was love at first sight, unfortunately Jon lived in Rochdale and Penny in Bath. Jon was playing Lacrosse (in goal) for Rochdale and refused to move to Bath as the nearest Lacrosse club would be London, like all Lacrosse players, Lacrosse tends to come first. Penny was definitely not going to move to Rochdale, a “plan B” was required. If there’s no Lacrosse in Bath then start a club, obvious.

Penny set about printing flyers and putting them all around Bath, “New Lacrosse Club, Players required, first training session on Ringswell Gardens”; 6 people turned up on the day, it was small but a beginning. Player No 6 on that day was Nik Roberts, his then girlfriend Nicola Bartlett had seen the posters and pointed them out, sick to death of her boyfriend thumping a Lacrosse Ball against any available wall, surely a team in Bath would keep him busy; how right she was.

As only one of two actual Lacrosse players on the field at the time (owning your own stick qualified) Nik became coach, captain, recruiter et al, most of his friends who could be found in the First in Last Out on the London Road (Now 1 Beaufort Restaurant) became players, in fact the FILOS was the first and only ever sponsor in 1985. The rest is as they say History.

Bath 1st team 1983Bath 1st team 2013Bath played their first full game (with half the team short of helmets and gloves) on the 3rd August 1983, losing 4:3 up at Odd Down to Three Bridges LC (Sussex), the club then entered the 4th division of the South of England Men’s Lacrosse Association, remarkably coming runners up, this meant promotion and more publicity, which in turn meant more players. Successive promotions saw Bath compete in the first division coming runners up in 1988.  The club has since continued to develop, not only itself but the surrounding region. In 1983 Bath’s nearest opposition was West London, now the West has two divisions with clubs coming from Falmouth to Aberystwyth, a long way still, but balanced by Bristol, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Trowbridge and Cardiff, much closer. Bath’s Policy of hiring a Local Development Officer to take the game into the schools has proved crucial to the overall growth of the game locally and regionally.

Bath fortunes over the years have been up and down, currently the club runs three Men’s teams and a Ladies team, and there are Junior’s at all ages. The club also hosts the biggest 8 a side tournament in Europe, always on the 1st full weekend in September.

From a little outpost of Lacrosse, Bath has become internationally known hosting full international Matches. However despite 30 years of hard work, and not some considerable investment the club finds itself facing an uncertain future, as the Rugby expansion will reduce the number of Lacrosse pitches available on the Recreation ground to 1 and the Bath Eights (the only source of income) may not make its own 30th year due to the same lack of space.

However Lacrosse players (and their Wives, yes both girls got their man) are a determined bunch, the club will continue to represent the City, and will always have an open door for anyone of any age that wants to try the great game of Lacrosse.

    So Happy Birthday Bath Lacrosse Club 30 years and counting, and congratulations to Mrs Harrop (nee Bourne) and Roberts (nee Bartlett) both couples happily married and still involved with the club.

In order to celebrate the event the club is holding a gala dinner at the Guild Hall in Bath on the 6th September 2013 – Guests of honour, Jon and Penny Harrop

 

 

Bath coaches meet famous people

Coaching Lacrosse sometimes has its interesting moments.

At the Cheltenham Sports Festival, Nik Roberts and Luke Wilmot helped out the Cougars with their and English Lacrosse’s stall; who should turn up but Eddie the Eagle, signing photographs. Fluff just couldn’t resist getting his picture taken, apparently his mum loves the guy.alt

Then four days later at Wellsway school, promoting the MATALAN club scheme, West Officer Helen Murray and Nik Roberts got to coach Sir Steve Redgrave, Helen lost at chase the bacon (deliberately according to her), needless to say pictures had to be taken again.alt