Since returning to Marlborough to be Head of Lacrosse in September 2020, I have been impressed not only by a hugely supportive and willing team of coaches but also by our committed and determined lacrosse players. As an ex-international and U19 and U24 England and regional coach, I am looking forward to taking advantage of my wealth of experience to nurture talent and to continue to build enthusiasm and love for the game.
Lacrosse is a fast-paced, skillful and highly competitive team sport played in both the Michaelmas and Lent Terms at Marlborough. It is a fully integrated part of the sporting programme, enjoying a growing reputation for the sport’s strength and depth.
The College fields four Open (Senior) girls’ teams, two U15 and two U14 teams who all train three times a week and compete in fixtures every Saturday. From grass roots to elite level, Marlborough enjoys an exciting and inclusive environment, which aims to develop the character and skillset of every player. Many are new to the game in Shell, but we are also attracting pupils from lacrosse-playing prep and senior schools.
Head of Lacrosse
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 or up on the XI in the Michaelmas Term, and on Hamersley in the Lent Term. In addition to this, the Sports Hall, Fives and Rackets Courts are sometimes used for Wall Ball and alternative training sessions. Our outstanding gym facilities and experienced staff are available for the girls to supplement their strength and conditioning training.
Fixtures and Tours
There is a full and varied fixture list across the two terms for all Senior and Junior teams. Teams play on Saturdays, and on pre-exeat Thursdays, with a balance of home and away fixtures. Across the two terms, teams compete in the County and South West Tournaments as well as hosting our own invitational end-of-season tournament each year.
1st, U15A and U14A are entered into the National Schools Championships in March. Marlborough lacrosse toured the east coast of the US in 2015 and 2018 and are currently on a three-year touring cycle.
Marlborough is delighted to support talented players to pursue their goals within the England Lacrosse Player Pathway. Each year, we have a number of girls involved in the England National Academy, some of whom have gone on to be awarded senior representative honours for England and Scotland.