A warm welcome to the Web Site of Bath Lacrosse Club.
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 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 League. 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 an American 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 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
Bath to celebrate 30 years
Bath Lacrosse club is 30 years old
When 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 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.
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.
2012 Development team ready to go.
The 2012/13 season could be one of the most significant in the clubs history, the long term plans to have satellite junior squads around the city in order to create local competition is beginning to bear fruit. Trowbridge has been playing the odd Senior game, and it is significant that, at the Mid-West sixes the town put out 12 players all 22 and below, they made the Plate Semi-final, quite an achievement, Bath also fielded a senior side AND a University side (over 30 players); Chippenham School continue to see Lacrosse as a great alternative and the after school club at Sheldon College is growing steadily. Teacher training sessions in the school clusters around the West side of Bath (23 teachers at the Grange School Sports Partnership through a project supported by Matalan will begin to bear fruit as the sport gets more exposure. Bath City are close to running a third team, having already entered the Minor Flags it’s only a matter of time till the team plays in West 2. The Ladies team is looking more solid, entering the 8 aside tournament at the beginning of the month, with the new freshers at Bath University to come there should be a good sized pool of players to choose from.
ESPN Brazil come to Trowbridge
ESPN Brazil, as part of their Olympic coverage are making a series of news items based on each letter of the Alphabet, not all sporty, although sport obviously features highly.
So when they got to L the only thing they could think of was Lacrosse.
Unfortunately, due to the summer holidays, Olympics etc there was no Lacrosse around London to show the reporter, Marcel Duarte.
English Lacrosse South Regional Officer, Nik Roberts suggested (light heartedly) that a session takes place in Trowbridge, Wiltshire on Sundays; run by Bath LDO to be Luke Wilmot, only 3 hours West of the capital. No problem, what time do you want us there came the reply.
Marcel turned up with Camera man Caio Salles and filmed the Trowbridge players going through their drills, they interviewed Luke and Nik and went away happy.
"It was a bit weird being asked the question twice, once in English and then in Portugese to Camera" Said NIk Roberts
Thats Lacrosse in the bag....M? Moustaches and Movember apparently.