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Durham University makes English Lacrosse history

(18 December 2012)

Durham has become the first ever University to be awarded the ‘English Lacrosse High Performance University’ status.

This award recognises the quantity and quality of talent delivered through the lacrosse programme at Durham University. It is the first award of its kind and part of English Lacrosse’s development of its Elite Playing Pathway.

As a High Performance University, Durham will work closely with English Lacrosse in developing its programme which includes not only supporting talented players, but also developing student leadership and lacrosse participation within the university and wider community.

Quentin Sloper, Head of Sport at Durham University, said: “This award is the result of working in partnership with English Lacrosse over the last five years to develop a programme which meets all requirements and standards.

“We are committed to the development of lacrosse at all levels within the University and we are very excited to see the fruits of our success in the British Universities Colleges and Sport (BUCS) competitions and the growth of the sport in general at Durham.”

Many current male and female members of Team England attend or have attended university. The High Performance University programme at Durham gives prospective talented students the confidence that they will receive quality coaching and competition, in addition to other types of support such as strength and conditioning coaching and physiotherapy.

High Performance Universities also offer scholarships and have facilities that cater for talented athletes.

Durham University recently opened a new £6.7m world-class sports facility, cementing the University’s global reputation as a centre for sporting excellence.

Some 92 per cent of Durham University's students participate in sport at all levels, believed to be the highest such participation rate at a UK University.  The University also runs an acclaimed community outreach programme totalling 40 projects - the largest of its kind in the UK.

English Lacrosse has increased its work in the university sector over the last four years and is looking to make further High Performance University Awards.

David Coldwell, National Club Development Manager for English Lacrosse, said: ”High Performance Universities are an important step for English Lacrosse.  Talented athletes are not only searching for a University that meets their academic requirements but also one that will assist in developing their lacrosse careers. 

“High Performance Universities give students involved the support that is required to achieve international success. I hope that there are more universities that will want to create strong partnerships such as the one forged with Durham.”

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