Help grow The Lacrosse Foundation

The Lacrosse Foundation is seeking several new trustees to help support the growth of the charity.

The Foundation is the only charity dedicated to supporting and growing the game of lacrosse across the whole of Great Britain. We’re a registered charity aiming to promote community participation, assist in the provision of facilities, and advance the education of young people in lacrosse.

We launched in September 2018 and are now looking to add new members to our trustee board. To broaden the board’s skill and knowledge base we are particularly interested to hear from people with experience of the ladies’ game, of lacrosse in the north, and in education.

Role Description

The trustees are responsible for the governance of the trust under the terms of its deed. The charity is an entirely volunteer run organisations and therefore the trustees are responsible for all aspects of the day to day running of the organisation, including financial management, business planning, communications and fundraising.

The board of trustees also administer the grant application process in accordance with the Foundation’s policies and procedures, assess such applications, and make decisions and/or recommendations on grant applications.

Essential Skills

  • A knowledge of lacrosse;

  • A track record of successful planning and management in the sport;

  • Knowledge of one or more of the skills needed to build The Foundation to include but not exclusive to; finance, the law, strategy & organisation development, fundraising, communications and project management;

  • The ability to work as part of a team to deliver our agreed objectives.

Desirable Skills

  • Charity trustee work experience in delivering the outcomes of a trust or charity.

 The Role

  • To coordinate, implement, and monitor the business plan in agreed areas using your personal skills;

  • Ensure the charity fulfils its responsibilities concerning statutory compliance, best governance practice, financial stability, and risk management;

  • To build relationships with national governing bodies, their regions, associated bodies, and member clubs to maximise our impact while maintaining independent decision making.

  • To supervise and monitor the investment manager;

  • To champion The Foundation encouraging potential donors and legacy givers to support the charity;

  • To manage the application process for grants;

  • To put in place and manage the administrative structures required to meet our planned objectives;

  • To learn and understand the obligations of a trustee under the terms of the trust deed and charity law.

More About The Foundation

We believe lacrosse is a fantastic game and we want to help more people enjoy our great sport, whether that be through playing, coaching, officiating or volunteering.

While we are an independent charity, to help us deliver our vision and mission we work closely with a range of stakeholders across the lacrosse community in England, Scotland and Wales.

Our vision is that: Lacrosse is accessible to all and played in every corner of Great Britain.

Our aims and objectives are to:

  • Promote community participation in lacrosse;

  • Assist in providing facilities for lacrosse;

  • Advance the education of young people in the sport of lacrosse.

The charity was originally founded in 2006 to assist the Blues Lacrosse Club in raising money to support an initiative to teach lacrosse in a local school partnership. The charity was relaunched as The Lacrosse Foundation in 2018 and now has assets of around £900,000 which we intend to use for the benefit of lacrosse. 


The meetings of the trustees will take place in Central London. Meetings may take place in other locations to build relationships with other lacrosse stakeholders. They will take place quarterly with two of the meetings involving our London based investment manager.

Further meetings may be called as needed. As far as possible, technology will be used to reduce the need for physical meetings.

Further Information

Further information can be obtained from Rob Collinge on or 07976937990.


To apply to join the trustee board, please send a cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role alongside your CV to Rob Collinge.

Grant takes Heaton Mersey junior programme to the next level


Over the past five years, Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club has been working hard to revive its junior programme. By engaging local primary schools, delivering good-quality coaching, and running weekly sessions, the club has gone from fewer than 20 junior boys to 120 boys and girls across a range of ages.

The Application:

However, such rapid growth comes with its challenges. For the boys in particular, who each need a junior-sized helmet and other protective equipment, playing kit can quickly become sparse. With the U12 programme using most of the kit, there’s simply not enough to go around.

Heaton Mersey approached The Lacrosse Foundation seeking a medium-sized application to help tackle this issue. Their plan laid out an approach to help retain enthusiastic young players, who without access to suitable equipment might be tempted by other sports.

Coupled with their own fundraising efforts, the grant would ensure a steady stream of junior boys into the club over the next five years.


The Result:

The Foundation awarded the club £3,600 to help provide playing equipment for 20 junior U10 boys. With the new kit the boys will be able to practice properly and, most importantly, play competitive full-field games against other local clubs.

Junior Head Coach at Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club, Richard Smith says “The Lacrosse Foundation has been fantastic in its support of our junior development at the club. We share a passion and determination to grow the game and without their support this would most certainly have been held back or even lost.

“They have given an opportunity for us to give a great and enthusiastic group of under 10 boys the opportunity to play field lacrosse in full kit. You should have seen their faces when they saw it!

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to TLF. Thank you!”

150 new children introduced to lacrosse after Cheadle Hulme grant


Manchester is the UK’s lacrosse hotbed, due in no small part to local clubs having a presence in schools across the area.

However, since the closure of the LDO programme five years ago, it has become more difficult to get coaches into schools – a lack of funding making it less appealing to both coaches and schools alike. As a result, the number of children playing lacrosse in schools has dropped, and recruiting children to local clubs has become far more difficult.

The Application:

Cheadle Hulme LC has been using a self-employed coach in an attempt to replicate the success of the former LDO programme. They approached The Lacrosse Foundation with a large-scale plan to quadruple the number of children taught lacrosse each week.

The proposal was twofold: offer local schools subsidised coaching; and purchase more robust, modern equipment to make sure the children enjoy the highest quality of lacrosse from the outset.

The Result:

The results have been immediate. Since January, Cheadle Hulme’s community coach, Chris Peacock, has introduced 150 new children to the sport and the club is starting to reap the rewards with youngsters joining the club ahead of the new season. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“I'm now teaching 350 children each week in schools. This is a rise of 150 children each week directly because of the funding and the new equipment I have received from The Lacrosse Foundation. Also because of the funding I've now got contracts with all the schools I'm in, until the end of the school year instead of just a term here and there. 

“The sticks I have bought with the money from the Foundation are the Warrior Wrap Jr which are fantastic. The transferable skills from school lacrosse to club lacrosse is now paralleled and the children are so much better prepared when they to come and play at the club level. 

“At Cheadle Hulme we now have 6 new U12's getting ready for next season and I expect at least 10 more before the summer holidays start which will give us a full team going forward into 2019/20 season.”

And here are some of the comments from the youngsters at Lane End Primary School:

“the sticks deliver a perfect, clean throw" (Liam)

"the sticks are hard-wearing - better than the old plastic ones" (Hannah)

"Mr Peacock makes each session fun, and motivates everyone" (Sam)

"Mr Peacock helped me with my aim" (Harry) 

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