6 March 2018
St Swithun’s School recently welcomed England lacrosse goalkeeper Lucy Grant. Lucy led coaching sessions with the school’s teams from across year groups.
Lucy has been part of the England senior side since she was called up in 2014. She was selected as a reserve for the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup which took part in Surrey last summer.
During her visit, Lucy worked with nine of the school’s goalkeepers from the first XII team through to the U12’s. She took a turn in net to work with the senior team’s defence. Talking about her aims for the day, Lucy said “I am mainly going back to basics and focusing on the girls’ technique and movement. Once you have the right fundamentals, it becomes natural and the rest of your game will improve too. I’m going to show the girls some key drills that they can take away and keep practising, which will really help their technique. The girls here are extremely enthusiastic and the ability level is very high.”
Lucy’s visit was arranged by the head of lacrosse at St Swithun’s School, Kate Nelson-Lee. Kate has recently been appointed assistant coach to the England lacrosse team, which means not only will she bring her experience to bear with the national team but that the level of coaching at the school is, and will remain, at an elite level.
Miss Nelson-Lee said she is “excited to be returning to coaching at the international level. This role means having new links to different experts, and the St. Swithun’s girls have already had opportunities to work with Lucy, as well as with Richard Lalor, who is part of the strength and conditioning team for England. I am eager to keep innovating our lacrosse programme so that our St Swithun’s players continue to enjoy playing the sport at school”.