England Lacrosse has launched the new University Lacrosse Officer (ULO) Programme for the 2018/19 season.
26 University students at 24 different universities have been appointed to take up the ULO position at their university to become an ambassador for the sport and drive the growth of lacrosse.
In addition to encouraging new students to give lacrosse a go at university, the ULOs will also be forging strong links with local clubs to give players more experience of the game outside of the university environment and presenting a pathway for students to stay in the sport post-education.
The prospective ULOs attended a two-day conference at Nottingham Trent University before the start of the new academic year to ready themselves for taking up the role.
Workshops were delivered across the conference on areas such as events, marketing & communications and practical session delivery as well as presentations from our programme partners.
STX, official equipment supplier to Team England, and England Lacrosse legal partner, RPC Law, have both committed to be partners of the inaugural ULO Programme, providing backing and support to the ULOs.
Mark Coups, England Lacrosse Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely excited for the beginning of the University Lacrosse Officer programme.
“The organisation has put many months of work into getting this off the ground and in conjunction with the universities, have appointed a strong and enthusiastic group of individuals who are passionate about developing the sport.
“With support from EL staff, as well as the backing of our partners STX and RPC Law, the ULO Programme will continue to build upon the rapid growth of lacrosse in the university sector and look to establish genuine links to also benefit the club game across England.”
Stay in touch with the programmes and initiatives set up by our team of ULOs at www.unilax.co.uk