Letter from the President - December 2013

Dear Centurion,

May I begin this letter by thanking those who elected me to the office of President at this years’ AGM. This is not a position I had envisaged when being persuaded to join the club some 35 years ago, and still being an active player at that time thought that others were trying to tell me something.

Over the past few years the club has continued to support the development of lacrosse in Universities throughout the UK. This is where the main growth has been and you may not be aware but in the league operated by the British Universities & Colleges Sport organisation (BUCS) there are over 80 teams from 65 or so Universities playing regularly on Wednesday afternoons.

Our funds are quite low at this point in time but in one sense this is a good thing as we are providing support to Universities and in some instances clubs and schools. So far this year we have spent over £8,000 on providing sticks, helmets and gloves. The requests for support continue to grow and as ever we would be grateful for any support that you can provide. Funds can be donated through the SELET charity and can be gift aided.

In 1982, as a relatively new member of the Centurions Committee, I was asked to sit on the “Review of Objectives” sub –committee set up at that time by Dickie Zimmern and Eddy Sainty. Time has passed on and I feel it is right to have a further look at our objectives, where the club is going in the future and what we should be doing for the membership. A small sub-committee is being formed to look at this and we would appreciate input from yourselves as members. All contributions, on any aspect of the club’s activities and future direction would be most appreciated and valued. These can be sent to either Rob or myself.

Next year will be the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Centurion Lacrosse Club and the Committee are considering how this should be celebrated, again your thoughts are most welcome.

With best wishes and season’s greetings to you all

Ron Balls