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WLC Junior section is staring to roar!

by Tony

With thanks to the 4 coaches (Jack/Frazer/Vic/Georgina) we have in-place on a Thursday evening our junior teams are growing every week. With our first development girls and mixed games under our belt plus the first kitted boys U10s we really are making progress.

BUT were still looking for junior players of all ages to bolster our teams.
Come and sample lacrosse free sessions at Wilmslow an then look to join us.

WLC AGM Date Set

by Tony

Notice to all our club members, our 2020/21 AGM is set for Monday 13th September via ZOOM. A 7:15om start time is set.

All members will be contacted with more information, if you do not receive an email please email wilmslowlax@gmail.com and we will forward all details.

Loss of a true Wilmslow hero

by Tony

With great sadness Wilmslow Lacrosse Club (WLC) share the news that past WLC president Raj Kapoor died peacefully at home with his daughter and son by his side on Thursday the 1st, April 2021. He was one day shy of his 87th, Birthday.

Raj, pictured second from right, was instrumental in solidifying the youth development of WLC, and bringing a more commercial, professional, and entertaining approach to the day to day running of the Club as a whole.

Raj became involved when his son Kevin started playing lacrosse in 1987; Kevin being recruited through the Local Development Officer (LDO) scheme at Wilmslow High School. Raj offered to help with his son’s first organised game. After watching the game and seeing the young men wearing hand-me-down club shirts and a mismatch of other attire, he set to task and two weeks later the team turned out in brand new sponsored shirts, shorts, and socks!

Raj owned and ran a printing and stationery business in Manchester, traded with Japan, India, Shri Lanka, China, Russia, throughout Europe and the Americas, was part owner of Gaylords – the first licenced Indian restaurant in central Manchester – and was well connected, liked, and trusted throughout the North West business community and beyond. He was incredibly kind and generous; after you shook hands with Raj you’d find a new watch on your wrist as opposed to checking to see if you still had one…

Mindful that clubs need money to help lubricate their cogs Raj set about organising various fund-raising activities and events. A series of such events was the phenomenal ‘Sunday Night Curry’ held at Gaylords. One might think that a Sunday evening event would not be well attended; the first evening drew a crowd of over 60, the second he had to set up a special table in reception. With over 100 people enjoying fantastic food, raffles, competitions and a great atmosphere, word spread, and every evening was pretty much sold out as soon as announced. Thousands of pounds were raised during the many meals ensuring WLC had funds to grow and succeed.

Impressed with the LDO scheme, which Kevin and many others had enjoyed, Raj took over the management and sponsorship of the Wilmslow LDO’s for a many years and new officers came annually. (Early officers pictured with Raj at the 1992 Vail Lacrosse Tournament in Colorado, USA with son Kevin on the left, from left to right – Lance Savage LDO 1988 (Hobart University, Elder Statesmen), Mark Hodkin LDO 1987 (Cheshire Under 15’s, UMBC), Raj, and Scotty Burnam LDO 1989 (Cornell University, Iroquois National Team).

Not satisfied with driving the young men and seniors to success, and the club becoming financially stable, Raj and family took on the mantle of managing the newly established young women’s section. Organising practices, travel, games, funding, entertainment and refreshments, this women’s section flourished and, with Raj’s guidance, won the Hatterleys Vase five years in a row.

For many years Raj brought energy, enthusiasm, commercial acumen, diligence, and professionalism to WLC but most of all will be remembered for all the fun, camaraderie and love he generated.

Wilmslow Lacrosse Club sends heartfelt condolences to his daughter Paula, to Kevin, and the whole of the extensive Kapoor family. We are saddened by his death but will celebrate his life for many years to come.

WLC contact via email please to: mahodkin@netscape.net

LADIES SUMMER TRAINING resumes April 15th 2021

by Tony

Lacrosse has been given the green light to resume play under some COVID restrictions. Why not come and join our new senior ladies section this summer.

April 15th from 7:30-8:30 on grass / equipment and qualified coach supplied.

Contact Tony on 07904 412997 to register your interest


by Tony

As lacrosse has been given the green light to return, still under some COVID regulations we are looking to bring as much lacrosse to as many as possible over the summer period.

Signing on and FREE session – April 22nd – 6pm-7:15
All equipment supplied / qualified coach / on grass / Covid compliant
First Session starts on April 29th (x11 sessions)

Signing on and FREE session – April 15th – 6pm-7:15
All equipment supplied / qualified coach / on grass / Covid Compliant
First Session starts April 22nd (x12 sessions)

All coached sessions are £5 per player and are payable in full or 2 parts.

Please contact Tony on 07904 412997 to book your place.

The passing of a true gentleman: Andy Wilson (Senior)

by Tony

It is with great sadness we must advise that Andy Wilson (Senior) passed away peacefully on Sunday 8th November at Wythenshawe Hospital.

As many of you know, Andy had been ill for some time & in Wythenshawe Hospital. He sadly tested positive for COVID19 earlier this week.

Andy’s wishes are not to have a funeral service but to be cremated & his ashes scattered on the Lacrosse fields at an appropriate time in the future. He spent many years looking after the Lax fields, & the astro, at WPSC & was happiest working on the grounds for the game he loved.

I’m sure you will all join with me in wishing Chris, Andy Junior & family our deepest condolences on behalf of WLC, WPSC & WPAL.

Andy has been at Wilmslow lacrosse club for 20 years after his early playing career at Timperley LC, Andy played crease attack & finally in goal before he hung up his cleats. He then spent his time tending to our pitches and linemarking as well as helping WPSC and WPAL and WPH with ground maintenance. Andy had slowed down last year due to illness but not before sharing all his hints and tips to those of use who enjoyed his company.

Andy will be missed by many. God Bless.

Below are a few words from from David Shuttleworth & Alan Holdsworth from Timperley Lacrosse.

Andy was introduced to Lacrosse by Chorlton players led by Frank Tewson who came into his Brownley Green School. Andy joined Chorlton Lacrosse Club where he developed into an excellent player with outstanding natural ability.

When Chorlton relocated to Timperley Andy came along with them . At this time I was being recruited for Timperley and it was suggested that I should have a game to meet the players before I committed. I turned up for the game in the old shed . Frank Tewson was the captain and he introduced me to the team who were mostly changed to play. Frank then announced that it was a unique occasion for Timperley as we had 13 players for a 12 a side game so someone would have to stand down. His statement brought a volcanic outburst from an already changed player accusing Frank and everyone else in the world of complete incompetence. He then got changed into his street clothes and walked out of the changing room. I was open mouthed but no one else seemed concerned . “who was that ?” Was an obvious question. “ oh that was Andy was the unconcerned response.”

Andy was an outstanding, skilful goal scoring attackman and when required he was an excellent goal keeper. He was a volcanic and completely committed character.

In the 1970s and 1980s there was no social media or electronic communications. Most clubs had weekly open meetings where teams for the following Saturday were selected. Any problems were sorted out by telephone . No iPhones or Facebook in those days . One week I received a telephone call from Andy. The conversation went roughly-
“Dave its Andy . I’ve had an accident at work. ( Andy was an excellent joiner working forManchester City Council). I fell off a ladder and hurt my shoulder. I went to A & E and they signed me off work for 4 weeks. “

“ So that means you can’t play on Saturday?”

“ No I will be able to play. They said I couldn’t work not that I couldn’t play Lacrosse. I just think that you should leave my name out of the report you put in the Messenger. “

“ Fine if you score ( which he usually did) I will put you down as “Jones “ !”

Andy was an uncompromising competitor and set high standards from his team mates. At the time Timperley’s rise up the tables was driven by a group of talented young attackmen- David Holdsworth , Derek Crummack , Derek Bagguley, Carl Hodgkinson, Bob Newton and Graham Guest and of course Andy Wilson. The defence was not of the same standard and made me very wary of a move into the 1st Division which was a world away from where we were.
In one game when we had Andy in goal ( I think against Ashton ) and were getting a bit of a battering and despite the tongue lashing from our goal keeper. As I watched our defence being over run I turned round to see Andy sat in the crease. Our goalie had gone on strike!

Andy worked hard with our growing junior programme and was also a real leader in maintaining our connections with Fallston.

Eventually he moved house to Congleton and transferred his allegiance to Wilmslow which was significantly closer . Timperley ‘s loss was Wilmslow ‘s gain.

In recent years Andy has been a hard worker helping maintain the grass and ATP facilities at Wilmslow.

Andy made it clear that he did not want a formal funeral which in these times would be difficult and would like his ashes scattered on his lacrosse fields. I know he would mean Wilmslow but it would be a recognition of his early contributions in growing Timperley from a fourth Division side to a Premier Men’s and Women’s club with the biggest junior programme in the country if a few ashes could be spared for Stockport Road.

WILMSLOW PHOENIX SPORTS CLUB – Clubhouse Guidelines – 29th Sep 2020

by Tony


Upon entry you will need to use the hand sanitizer provided.

There is one situated outside the front door and one just in the entrance

Track and trace are available via our QR code or signing in sheets.

The QR code will just be inside the entrance with the signing in sheets. If captains of all sports could put their games on to the track and trace sheets this will cover your bubble of 30 and will help with congestion and duplication.

No sporting equipment within the entrance.

Please no equipment in the clubhouse as we need to keep everywhere as clear as possible please use Changing rooms or vehicles.

No loitering within the entrance.

Please do not stand in the entrance unless queuing for toilets or bar area and if you have children please keep them with you.

No changing room access through the front entrance.

The only access to the changing rooms will be from the gable end of the building with a one-way system in and out.

No kitchen facilities.

I have a plan for getting your teas back as soon and as safe as possible, I will update over the next couple of weeks.

There will be someone on the lounge entrance to help you with your needs. Please listen to them and follow procedures.

We must put someone on the bar entrance to control the bar area. This person will help you sign in, make sure masks are being worn, (there will be masks for sale at the front door if anybody forgets theirs.) direct you to a table, show you the takeaway service station and show you to the patio area.


Staff to wear masks or visors at all times.

Masks to be worn until you are seated at your table.

If you are to stand back up from your table you must put your mask back on the same if going to the toilet.

Tables are set out in groups of six and are socially distanced.

Please do not move tables or chairs from there positions and do not have more than six at a table unless there are young children. Please try to keep your children seated or to your table, please do not let them wonder the club house.

Table service only.

There is only table service when seated. We will provide the table with a baton that you hold up when you want serving. We are working on a wireless card machine to limit people going to the bar. Please do not approach the bar unless its for takeaway service. (see takeaway service) please leave all glasses on the table for the waitress but please remove your rubbish to the bins provided.

Please refrain from wearing kit in the bar area.

This is not for a dirt aspect but for a sweat aspect, please ask players to bring a pair of joggers and hoodie.

Takeaway service.

There is a tall table with 2 stools close to the bar. The host will direct you to the table (whilst wearing a mask) were the waitress will take your order ten you can leave.

Coffee and teas will be available.

Outside patio.

This area is available weather dependant however we are working on a plan to get coverings and heating this will be discussed at our next phoenix meeting. The rule of six still applies so please do not move furniture. Masks are not needed.


Entrance and Exit

This is the gable end exit at the very back of the building. There will be floor signs directing you to your changing rooms (Hockey & Lacrosse) please follow the one-way system. Please could the captains of each team take charge of each use of the facilities. This will include clearing down after the game and using the fogger. (please see fogger)


You must check with your governing bodies if this is ok to use as we have communal showers. If this is feasible I would suggest one person at a time. These again will have to be sanitized after every use either using the spray dock provided or the fogger.

Fogger and spray doc.

NEMLA 2020/21 Men’s League & Covid Restart Guidelines

by Tony

It is imperative that we follow the guidelines of both our governing body and the government as closely as possible. Here are the NEMLA guidelines that need to be adhered to until further notice.


Players should arrive in playing kit as changing facilities will not be open.

Teams should not meet more than 1 hour before the start of the game and must ensure that they social distance during the time before they begin their warm up. During this time the players should be encouraged to wear masks especially when their temperature is being taken. The players should take to the pitch a maximum of 45 minutes prior to the start of the game. The person responsible for taking players and officials temperatures and recording them should take temperatures prior to players starting their warm ups. No players can step onto the playing surface without passing the Covid tests.


The Department of Culture, Media and Sport and England Lacrosse have deemed that each player and official should have their temperature taken and recorded. The home team should take the temperatures of all players and officials but each team is responsible for recording their own players temperature and keeping them for 21 days for purposes of track and trace. Neutral officials should be recorded by the home team as well as home refs and CBO (if present). Away Refs should be recorded by the away team.

Each participant should also be asked questions regarding their general immediate health around Covid symptoms.

Eg   Have you been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days?

  • Yes
  • No

Have you had any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days? (fever over 37.5 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, head aches or fatigue, loss of sense of smell or taste.)

  • Yes
  • No

If a player refuses to have his temperature taken or has a temperature in excess of 37.5 degrees then they are not allowed to play and should go straight home. If a player fails a temperature test then he can have another one after 5 minutes but within 10 minutes of the original test.

NEMLA will from time to time ask clubs for the temperature log to ensure these are being kept. Failure to produce them within 48 hours will result in the club being expunged from all competitions. It is important that we keep these records as the DCMS stated it was one of the principles of us being allowed to play again and we should be happy to sacrifice a club rather than the sport.

Sizes of Squads

As we are still in a maximum of 30 people in a bubble then NEMLA feel that we should operate on the following are now the new rules for squad sizes.

Top Divisions (1,2,3)

We will play 13 a side ( 10 men on the pitch ) with with 2 coaches and 2 Refs ( a home and a panel ref where possible)

 The coaches will be responsible for timing penalties and doing the offsides. The offside duties should be split so one coach does the first half and the other does the second half. Penalties will be timed by the opposition coach when they arise.

If 1 team does not have a coach then a CBO must be provided. The away team must notify the home team at least 48 hours before the match if they are NOT taking a coach so a CBO can be provided.

Lower divisions (4E, 4W, 5A, 5B)

we will play 13 a side with 2 refs and a CBO. If both teams have coaches then the above applies otherwise 13 a side max.

 Where possible a panel ref will be supplied however if not a ref from each club will be required with the home club providing a CBO.

As a word of warning if the reviews we make every 5 weeks reveal an increase in abusive, unsporting and foul play then we will revert to 3 man refereeing and a CBO for the top divisions


Development League 

Each team will have a maximum squad size of 10. The Team not playing will provide 2 refs and a cbo for the game being played. Each game will be played either 4 x 10 minute quarters or 2 x 20 minute halves.

Bench Area

Only the CBO should have a chair. All penalties should start with the player taking a knee, the penalty only starts when the player has taken a knee. If the penalties are being timed by the coaches then the same rules apply with the penalty only starting when the players have taken a knee. Players should be informed with 10 seconds to go.

The Game

No one should touch the ball by hand. If this occurs the ball should be removed from the game and re sanitised. A stock of sanitised balls should be available on the sidelines.

As no faces are allowed the game will start with a football style start. The players do not have to line up as though there was a face. After each goal the team conceding the goal will start with the ball at the centre.

During the game when ever a melee starts the refs should stop the game and award the ball to either team dependant on the situation.

A sanitising break will be taken every 20 Minutes (at each quarter and at half time) when each player should sanitise their equipment. This should be done with appropriate cleaning materials. Players should also sanitise their hands as should the officials at these breaks.

Players should have their own water bottles (NO team water bottles allowed).

Team talks should be held away from the bench area and social distancing should be respected which means no huddles.

In line with government guidelines players and coaches should refrain from spitting and shouting, especially in peoples faces. The Referees will deal with this as unsportsmanlike behaviour and deal the appropriate penalties. This is not trying to soften up the game but ensuring we adhere to the rules. 

Referees will try to ensure that they social distance where ever possible so players should respect this.

Lockdown Games

Should areas go into a local lockdown and sport is not allowed to be played then the results for those games will be logged as a no result, if the lockdown continues for more than 3 weeks then the results will be expunged from that cycle of matches. We will deal with these situations as and when they arise.


Under no circumstances are spectators allowed on the same side of the pitch as the bench areas regardless of how far away from the bench they are. They should also be at least 1 metre away from the sideline.

The home club should try to ensure that social distancing measures are enforced. If spectators refuse to adhere to these instructions then they should be asked to leave the ground. If the spectators refuse to adhere to the rules and continue to cause problems then the referees will abandon the game the club will be called to account.

 This is the responsibility of the home club Covid Officer

Whilst we appreciate that each club will have its own rules regarding the bar etc whilst the game is in progress the social distancing rules should be adhered to.


Nick Hewitt

Further info from EL which should at as a base line for you.

During all lacrosse activity:

 •Lacrosse activity must take place outdoors only

•Lacrosse can return as long as groups are limited to a maximum of 30 participants, including coaches and officials •Participants should enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social distancing

 •Players should use their own equipment

•No one should handle the ball use your sticks to pick up the ball. If anyone does handle the ball they should sanitise their hand and the ball immediately

•All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the start of the activity

•Hand sanitiser should be used at all breaks in activity and prior to consuming any food or drinks. If a player is wearing gloves there is no need to remove them in the breaks and gloves should be sanitised

•Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths

•Players, officials and coaches should refrain from shouting

•In line with current UK Government guidance. Individuals should bring their own food and drink for practice. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared, and should be clearly named After all lacrosse activity:

•All participants should sanitise their hands after the completion of activity.

•Participants should exit whilst maintaining social distancing. •Social gathering after the activity will be allowed in line with current UK Government guidelines on hospitality and, social distancing must be maintained.

•One club representative/volunteer/Covid Club Co-ordinator should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting any shared equipment (Balls, Goals)

•Regular cleaning of equipment and the facility should take place, particularly between one group finishing, and the next group starting

•Clubs should encourage all participants to report any infection of their household to the NHS Test and Trace system Clubs should support NHS Test and Trace efforts by keeping a record of all participants in any lacrosse activity for 21 days and support NHS requests for data if needed. Additional advice for socially distanced aware game adaptations: •Players to be temperature checked on arrival – anyone over 37.5c should return home immediately

•There will be no draw or faceoff in games. The game will start with possession by one team, and then follow Association Football rule for restarts following goals

•A ‘hygiene break’ should take place at the end of each quarter.(after a maximum of 20 mins) the ball should be cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476) and all participants’ hands are cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the start of any drinks break. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during the match will lie with the coach/organiser, not the officials.

•Players to sanitise their stick and personal equipment when leaving the pitch.

•Social distancing must always be maintained including during goal celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions. •Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance. Each club should set a maximum number dependent on the space that they have, in order to maintain social distancing. There should be no spectator shouting

•Umpires/Referees should refrain from any contact with the ball. •Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the latest Government advice and be prepared in accordance with the ELs guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4. Additional Advice for Clubs & Covid Club Co-ordinators:

•Clubs should appoint a COVID Club-Coordinator

•Prior to reaching Step 4 of the EL Roadmap and subsequently re-opening, club representatives should ensure that their facility is compliant with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk mitigation measures put in place and monitored.

•On any day of the activity, club representatives and volunteers should ensure that all COVID-19 measures are in place according to the club operating and safety plans, whilst maintaining social distancing – developing your own ‘opening up checklist’ is helpful for this.

This should include:

 •Non Contact thermometer to be able to take temperature on arrival at the site •Anyone recording a high temperature (over 37.5c) to return home immediately

•Keep a record of the temperatures on the check in register

•Set-up of public health operating procedures and access signage.

•Set-up of lacrosse facility including all ground safety requirements.

•The duty of care which the club already owed remains and therefore other matters such as First Aid must continue to be provided. First Aid equipment (including AEDs where available) and suitable PPE for First Aid must be made available. ( Face masks, shields, gloves, aprons) Advice on First Aid during the COVID pandemic is available from St John Ambulance.

 •Clubs should make hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitiser available for all site users.

•Clubs must have entry and exit, and parking arrangements to venues that ensures social distancing can be maintained and implement traffic flow systems where possible and appropriate.

•Clubs must outline socially distanced areas for teams, officials, and spectators.

 •Clubs must ensure that all accessible provision within the site and the facility are available.

Additional Advice for Coaches:

These measures cannot cover every eventuality and coaches must conduct a risk assessment, ensuring appropriate measures are put in place to keep participants and coaches safe. Playing and coaching lacrosse in itself carries some degree of risk and whilst being mindful of the guidelines regarding COVID-19, coaches should not lose sight of the normal safety rules or safeguarding standards relating to playing and coaching lacrosse which continue to apply and must be complied with (DBS, safeguarding, First Aid etc).

 •Coaches should make themselves aware of and abide by, all guidelines set out by the UK Government, the venue and EL regarding use of facilities.

•It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that they coach players in a safe environment and follow relevant guidelines. •Coach should explain the safety guidelines of what is expected pre, during and post session including what the player is expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health and safety guidelines. •Abide by the Covid Code of Behaviour

Return Back to Training

by Tony

Date : 02/06/2020

Hoping this post finds all our members safe and well in this unprecedented time we find ourselves in.

With the slow lifting of lock-down we are able to make a start on getting back to some normality even if it is only training. Taking onboard the present guidelines we are able to open up the WPSC grounds to all sections, the clubhouse and facilities will remain closed for the moment.

This will allow small pods of players to train together, still staying 2m apart and applying social distancing protocols such as not sharing water bottles, playing kit or sticks. 2 car park space should also be applied in our car park facility along with locking the main yellow gate upon EVERY entry and exit. We request lacrosse be played on the main pitch adjacent to the car park allowing football and cricket to utilizes there given pitch space.

Astro Hire Ltd have re-opened the astro on a Social Distancing booking hire usage to WHL and extended this to WLC, bookings are for 1hr only and a email will be sent to all WLC players providing T&Cs along with how to book. May we (WLC) pass on our thanks to Astro Hire Ltd for this service.

If you have any further questions about training or future lacrosse then please contact any member of the committee and we will do our best to provide information.

Thank you all and stay safe