St George's School, Harpenden Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and
registered in England and Wales.
Registered number: 08092358 Registered office: Sun Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4TD
St George's School is a co-educational day and boarding school in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, with over 1325 pupils including 120 boarders and an academic Sixth Form of 400.
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Lacrosse is the main sport for girls in the Autumn and Spring Terms at St. George's. We run two teams at every age group with our aim to offer competative matches for every girl who is keen to play the 'fastest game on two feet'. The ethos of the lacrosse program is to 'play hard, have fun' with selection for A teams being quite competative. We aim to develop each player's skills by offering a variety of different opportunites both in and outside of school for the keen lacrosse players. Our overall aim is to enjoy playing competative sport, teaching our girls valuable life lessons.
The school play fixtures on Saturday mornings generally against independent schools of the highest lacrosse calibre. The school regularly fields up to 10 teams in a morning from U12B to 1st XII in both the Autumn and Spring Term. There are also competitions entered county and national level including the prestigious National School's Championships. Our first team is now regularly qualifiying for Division 1 play and our 2nd XII won their Divison 1 title in 2012. Our U15 teams are also quite competative within the tournament, regularly qualifying for the knock out rounds. Similarly, our younger teams perform well within their Hertfordshire County tournaments, with our U14A and U13B teams winning their respective tournaments in 2012.
Our Saturday block fixtures are an impressive sight; four full lacrosse fields with two rounds of matches being played against high quality opposition. We generally also field netball teams as well on Saturday, providing a wealth of sporting opportunites for girls of all ages and levels. Parents, friends and family are always encouraged to spectate and support the school teams both midweek and on weekends; we run a refreshments stand on Saturday mornings with coffee, tea and bacon rolls for sale to help fundraise for the sports programs at the school. Many parents enjoy manning the stand, adding to our overall family lacrosse atmosphere and experience.
This past season (2011-2012) we ran a Parent's Lacrosse Day for the first time to help puzzled parents learn the basic skills and rules. We had over 70 parents attend and the final tournament was quite competative. Our U13 program also challenged their parents for an end-of-season lunch and match, and our U15 team challenged the staff to a game as well. We encourage parents to become as involved as possible to support their daughters both at home and away.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
The school employs a lacrosse professional each year to support the development of lacrosse. We have had two American players and and a former England international employed at St. George's with the role of taking lunchtime stickwork practices for each age group as well as develop an POP lacrosse outreach program into local primary schools. The lax pro generally coaches the Year 7 squads to ensure a sound grounding of the basics. We nominate talented players for the CENTEX and East Advanced programs. We have strong links with the local lacrosse club, Harpenden Ladies, which provides more friendly training and match opportunites.
Each age group trains after school at least once per week, with the U15 and Senior squads training twice per week afterschool. We also run a 'Girls Only' fitness session before school on Wednesdays to help each player improve her lacrosse fitness for the season.
HOUSE LACROSSE – FINALS DAY
In March the school host the Winter Finals Day. There are three inter house competitions run in the afternoon allowing a large number of girls to represent the house. Please check the school calendar for further details.
The School is proud of its lacrosse tradition and can boast a number of internationals at various levels. Old Georgians with our most recentinternational representative caps include:
R Foster – England U19 (2011).
L Merrifield – England U19, current England player
St George’s School have undertaken a number of tours to various parts of the globe, the latest international trip was to the USA in 2009.
Each year the senior squads take a short weekend tour to Edinburgh to play in the Scottish Open tournament, a valuable playing and team bonding experience in the run-up to National Schools. The 2nd XII won their tournament in 2011. Our next aim for development of lacrosse is to run a U14 European Tour as well as potentially a senior tour to North America within the next two years.
Miss Kate Nelson-Lee
Head of Lacrosse
St. George's Harpenden
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