Lacrosse is the oldest competitive sport in North America, originally played by Native American Indians. The modern sport is governed by World Lacrosse and is the only international sports organisation to recognise First Nations bands and Native American tribes as sovereign nations. As a sport it has gained popularity over the past 50 years.
The first recorded Women’s Lacrosse match took place in 1890 at St. Leonards School in St Andrews, Scotland.
The object of the game is to use a long-handled stick (known as a crosse or lacrosse stick) to catch, cradle and pass a lacrosse ball to score goals in an opponent’s cage.
Men’s Lacrosse is a full contact sport played with a full set of pads (helmet, elbow pads, chest pads, and gloves). Women’s Lacrosse is a limited contact sport and the rules differ slightly from those of the Men’s game.
The Lacrosse Club are proud to support the local community and have dedicated members of the committee responsible for organising and growing outreach initiatives. The club continues to coach lacrosse at St Leonard’s school in St Andrews and are looking to offer ‘give-it-a-go’ sessions at local primary schools in Fife.
The Lacrosse Club supports several charities across a variety of important causes, both locally and further afield. These include Harlem Lacrosse, (an organisation which supports at-risk teenagers academically through teaching them transferable skills in sport), the Samaritan’ Purse Operation Christmas Child (an international relief organisation that provides children of war, poverty and natural disaster with some Christmas cheer), and Solidarity Sport (a London based charity assisting disadvantaged children from families hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic).
Fundraising events are organised throughout the year, creating greater community within the club, bringing together players from different teams, but most importantly supporting incredibly worthy causes.
Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse host social events every Wednesday throughout term time beginning in Orientation Week. All members are encouraged to attend as these events provide a fantastic way for players to get to know each other better off the pitch, to make friends and meet other members of the club.
Women’s Lacrosse celebrate the end of each term with a celebratory dinner, one taking place at Christmas and the other in the Spring.
Whole club social events are also organised throughout the year bringing together players from the Men’s and Women’s teams. There are many ways to get involved with the Club, with elections for committee positions hosted annually.