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Try Lacrosse!

With the warmer weather fast approaching this is the perfect time to try a new sport. However with so many to choose from, where do you begin?

This month's guest post comes from keen sports enthusiast and lacrosse player, Steve. Read on to find out more about the fast paced game of lacrosse and why you should give it a go!

My name is Steve - I've always participated in a sport one way or another since an early age, believing it is a great way to socialize and increase your fitness levels. I regularly play football and badminton with my friends, but since joining University I discovered my love for playing Lacrosse.

Originally I played Lacrosse for both the Saturday (SEMLA) and Wednesday (BUCS) league. This means I was required to play two games a week, plus there was lots of training in between. As this is a fast paced sport, you have to be quick as you are kept on your toes at all times; therefore having a good level of fitness is essential. While at University I also had the opportunity to travel to Llorett de Mar in Spain for a Lacrosse tour, which meant taking a 24 hour coach journey.

Since then I have finished University and now play for Colchester Men's Lacrosse on a Saturday. I have been playing for over 4 and a half years.

When you first start University, there is a specialist student event that showcases all of the different student sports teams you can join. It's a bit like a recruitment day in which there are lots of stalls and you can find out which sport is best for you. I chose Lacrosse as I thought it would be fun to try something new.

When I first started, I used the University's club kit; however shortly after playing for a few months I felt I would prefer to have my own gear. The University has everything that you need to play so it really was a personal choice. However, the initial startup of playing is expensive when you have to buy all the gear for it (helmet, arm pads and gloves etc)

I was to start with, mainly because it was a sport I had never played before or even really heard of, and is not something that can be picked up quickly. It takes time to get used to catching the ball using the long net and keeping it steady as you run for the goal. Your confidence builds up quickly and it is a really fun game too!

No special instructions, just the main rules of the game! Equipment such as gloves and a lacrosse helmet is required for safety reasons. The helmet visor must be down at all times when playing.

As it's a big team game, it's that feeling of comradeship when on the pitch; it requires everyone to have their heads in the game to win. It's also great for exercise, so keeping that up is always a good thing!

I love playing Lacrosse in the UK, although it would be great to go to the United States and see how the game is played over there. The quality of play is far greater than here in the UK so that would be amazing to experience.

If you're not afraid to get involved in a full contact sport and like the idea of playing closely as a team, than it may well be for you. You don't have to be part of a University to play lacrosse, as there are some fantastic lacrosse clubs all over the country that you could join. Simply do a quick internet search and you will be able to find one in your local area - ask if they do taster sessions so that you can see what the sport is like for yourself before joining officially. Give it a go!

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