Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/11/14
More than 40 members of the Coatesville Youth Lacrosse Association participated in a free clinic held Saturday by NXTPhiladelphia Coach Dylan Brown and his staff at Coatesville High.
Boys aged 7 to 15 received elite training in the basics of the game as a growing program continues to build.
“The feedback from families after the event was great,” said Coatesville Youth Lacrosse board member and Director of Communications Tina Blakely. “Many parents told us their sons were so excited to play this spring!
“Many of these participants had never picked up a stick before the clinic. NXT introduced the boys to basic lacrosse skills such as cradling and passing with engaging drills and several touches. The clinic was meant to increase interest in the program and expose Coatesville kids to lacrosse.”
Coatesville High is one of few schools in the Philly suburbs that does not offer lacrosse. Coatesville used to have a club program, but Blakely said the goal is to develop enough players and interest to convince the district to offer the sport at the varsity level one day.
“We are building a program here in Coatesville,” she said. “There is currently no program for boys in Coatesville.
“Several years ago the boys program funding was cut and the club that was in place at that time fell apart. It is our plan to start with U11/U13 rec teams this spring (unless enough numbers at U9). We will be collaborating with West Bradford Lacrosse this spring as they mentor our league and support our program.
“We will play other teams within CCLA. It is our hope that these boys will be the first PIAA sanctioned Coatesville High School Boys Lacrosse team. The Coatesville School Board has approved our development plan and provided us with fields to use this spring for practice and home games.”
Blakely said the parents in the district see the value in lacrosse for their sons.
“The group of parents who are putting this program together all have boys that have been playing in neighboring lax rec leagues since it was our only option,” she said. “As the sport becomes more competitive, and our kids are evolving their game, we ran into a road block.
“Where would these boys play once they are in high school? They love the sport, we love the sport and club play is not accessible to all families and did not seem like a viable solution.
“Coatesville needs lacrosse, there is so much interest in this program, I know it will be successful. There are many athletes in this school district that given the opportunity, could be great lacrosse players.”
Blakely said Coatesville Youth Lacrosse would accept gently used equipment to help the program. She also thanked coach Brown and NXT for running such a worthwhile clinic.
“Our program will be serving a diverse community,” she said “We will be reaching out to the lacrosse community for used equipment to help ease the financial burden of the ‘start up’ cost for the players.
“Also, we would like to acknowledge Dylan Brown and the crew from NXT lacrosse. They were so dynamic and it is impressive that they donated their services. They would like to see our program evolve.”
Registration for Coatesville Youth Lacrosse is now open at www.coatesvilleyouthlacrosse.com.
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