Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

Phoenix Lacrosse: Save Our Sport!

Posted on 21 April 2022 by Yasmin Ryder

Earlier this year, Newbury based secondary school St Bartholomew’s (St Bart’s) decided to officially begin phasing out lacrosse for its female students.

This included suspending all matches with other schools and the prestigious National Lacrosse Championships held annually in Surrey.

Lacrosse at St Bart’s had been played since 1911 and is one of only a handful of state schools still playing the sport.

The school offered lacrosse to all girls from years seven to 13, many of whom when onto play for their county, university and even national teams.

Thankfully, all is not lost as the hard work of parents, students and others from the West Berkshire community came together, offering the girls a lifeline.

The official founding of Phoenix Lacrosse Club has allowed hundreds of girls from all across the South to now continue, or even start, the beloved sport.

I, Yasmin Ryder travelled to Newbury to find out more, click here to watch the full story.