dalglish wrote:I agree with Gazman, it is a chicken Egg situation. Start Junior leagues locally for lacrosse, football does it, rugby does it. It takes time and effort, or we can get adults to take up the sport late, I can guarantee that they wont compete against existing clubs and I wouldnt expect them to do so. If its social lacrosse then thats fine.
There we go again. I really don't get your insistence that clubs can't play competitive lacrosse unless they have a junior section. I agree that it is unlikely that we will be challenging the top of Prem 1 anytime soon, but we can still compete and take the sport seriously.
I'll say it again, there are lacrosse players all over the north who wish to play competitive lacrosse but need to do so local to them and not for a club over 60 miles away. Therefore there is a real need to give these players an outlet and allow them to play. I am massively offended that you think these clubs, including my own, are only in it for the social aspect. We have competed year on year since we started 5 years ago and have always been either promoted or finished in the top 3 (i admit that it is a tough ask to repeat this year). We train every week and take our team seriously and we take great pride in trying to promote our club and give the best we can every time we go on the pitch. Just because we don't have a junior section doesn't men that we shouldn't be shown any respect. The whole point of the leagues is that some teams are not as good as the rest so they sit in a lower division. However, that lower division still plays competitive lacrosse against each other. To say they don't is insulting.
We simply don't have the manpower to start a junior section yet, it takes a lot of dedicated people. In the meantime we are dedicated to growing our senior team and providing a club outlet for graduates, students, and any seniors wanting to try out the sport (with the aim to eventually provide an A team for them to play on). As Gaz and Whopead have said, junior development only really works if you can arrange enough local lacrosse for the juniors to compete. Stockport, and the other Greater Manchester Clubs all benefited from the fact that as you develop your junior team, there are other local clubs doing the same and therefore providing competitive lacrosse on their doorsteps. We don't have any local competition and therefore we are up against it from the start.
Teams like Sheffield Uni do not have a junior section and yet they have managed to compete with the top flight for many years. Nottingham in the past have also managed it. These clubs relied to some extent of recruiting experienced players who were studying locally but this model has worked for Sheffield for a long time now. Why can't the other clubs without a junior section work on a similar model and try to recruit experienced players? Stockport cannot put all their success down to homegrown junior talent. You still recruit from other clubs getting players like McAllister, Baxter and Reynolds and these players will have a massive influence on the squad.
I summary, I really agree with you that developing juniors is important, but it is not manadatory in order for clubs to still offer and play competitive lacrosse. To suggest otherwise is insulting. Good day to you sir.