This fast-paced, skilful and highly competitive Michaelmas and Lent Term sport, is a fully integrated part of the sporting programme at Marlborough. The College fields five girls’ teams who train three times a week and compete in fixtures on Saturdays. Across the two terms, teams compete in various junior and senior tournaments in the South West, as well as hosting an annual end of season tournament. The College has recently boasted of increasing success at the annual National Schools Lacrosse Championships. Marlburians continue to be selected at County and Regional level either through the Supercounties tournament or the English Lacrosse Talent Pathway. A handful of Old Marlburians have gone on to represent Senior Scotland and England on the International stage.
There are four well-maintained lacrosse pitches in the Michaelmas Term and eight in the Lent Term across various locations around the College. The main pitches are located centrally behind Mill Mead boarding house in the Michaelmas Term, and on Hamersley (XV pitch) in the Lent Term. In addition to this, the sports hall, astroturf and outstanding gym facilities are used for alternative training sessions to keep the lacrosse programme exciting and varied.
There is a full and varied fixture list across the two terms for all senior and junior teams. Teams regularly play on Saturdays, occasionally on Thursdays, with a balance of home and away fixtures. Opponents include Sherborne School for Girls, St Mary’s Calne, Cheltenham Ladies’ College and many more. Teams travel further afield for example for tournaments like the National Schools Lacrosse Championships.
The 1st and 2nd XII, U15 and U14 teams compete annually at the South West lacrosse tournament as well as the 1st XII and U15 teams competing in the National Schools Lacrosse Championships. Girls are regularly selected to represent Wiltshire and Dorset via the new Supercounties set up; last year six girls were involved in this and the College continually seeks to increase involvement here. One U17 and six U15 players are currently part of the Junior England Regional Lacrosse Talent Pathway and players are regularly put forward for these trials with increasing success.
There have been recent lacrosse tours to America.
Miss A Hudson – Head of Lacrosse
As an Old Marlburian, Antonia Hudson joined the College as a member of staff in 2016. Antonia brings current international playing experience as a member of the Senior England Women’s Lacrosse Squad. She has played in both Junior and Senior Home International Tournaments and is working towards the Europeans and Word Cup. Antonia has been drafted into the annual English Lacrosse SuperLeague tournament for the past three years.
As well and her wealth of playing experience, Antonia regularly coaches a County lacrosse team and is a coach on the Junior England Regional Lacrosse Pathway. One of her proudest accolades was being awarded ‘Student Coach of the Year’ at Loughborough University in 2015 for her contributions to the sports programme there.
Antonia is currently Head of Lacrosse across both the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, overseeing all aspects of the lacrosse programme and is supported by the following staff:
Mrs C Green
Miss O Grimley
Mr J Hodgson
Mr T Marvin
Mrs C Pembroke
Miss B Woods