Today, 12th July, it was announced that the English Lacrosse Association (ELA) has been successful in its bid to host the tenth Women’s World Cup in 2017. This topped a good fortnight for the governing body which saw an England double gold at the European Championships, where both the men’s and women’s teams emerged victorious.
Nearly 100 MPs – including Clive backed the bid at an event in parliament hosted by the ELA.
The tournament will take place at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, which has previously hosted the Lacrosse Home Internationals last April as well as the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010, with 30 nations expected to compete.
Stan Cockerton, FIL President, acknowledged the hard work that the ELA has already undertaken to secure the bid, ‘I extend my congratulations to England and look forward to the event, which I am confident will maintain the high standard previously set by the ELA.’
Sue Redfern, Chair of the English Lacrosse Board, said ‘We are honoured and delighted to be the 2017 Women’s World Cup hosts. English Lacrosse has worked hard to grow the sport domestically and our international squads have represented us excellently abroad. In addition, we know that hosting a World Cup will help lacrosse’s continued growth but will also make a valuable economic contribution, if Manchester 2010’s success is anything to go by, we can look forward to generating over £5 million for the country.’