November General Committee Minutes

Minutes of the General Committee of The Centurion Lacrosse Club held on 7th November 2017 at The Coach & Horses Public House, Bruton Street, London.

Present: Steve Williams (in the chair), Ron Balls, Neil Forsyth, Denis Hanks, David Marsden, Peter Mundy, John Wigmore, Rob Collinge (Secretary).

  1. APOLOGIES were received from Henry Collinge, John Maynard, Dave Slaughter, and Geoffrey Wilkinson.

  2. MINUTES of the General Committee meeting held on 5th September 2017 were approved as a record of the statements made at the meeting.

  3. MATTERS ARISING

    Centurions Masters.

    Details of the costs of entry to the World Championship festival had now been received. Ian Ballantine is liaising with England Masters to assess the viability of either entering a joint team or two teams.

    Ian Ballantine has agreed to manage our entries in this year’s Centurion SEMLA Sixes.

  4. SECRETARY’S REPORT

    Nothing to report.

  5. TREASURER’S REPORT

    Assets now stood at £4,687. Recent expenditure related to grants of equipment to Uppingham School, and the University of South Wales and a Rage Cage for the University of East Anglia.

  6. NORTHERN SUB COMMITTEE

    The northern lunch had taken place on Sunday 22nd October at Davyhulme Golf Club. Twenty people had attended despite a change of date and it had made a surplus of £36. Four new members have been recruited. The annual golf tournament will take place on Friday 20th April 2018.

  7. DEVELOPMENT

    University of South Wales

    Thanks have been received for a set of 15 lady’s sticks that had been provided to the University of South Wales to build on the success of establishing a men’s team. Ray Nash is helping with coaching.

    Welwyn Lacrosse Club

    It was agreed to provide Welwyn LC with 12 sets of junior kit – Helmets, gloves and sticks. UK Lacrosse had made a generous offer to supply these at around £120 a set depending on the helmet size needed.

    There is an increase in requests for kit to support expansion within existing university clubs. There was a discussion regarding the role of the club in assisting university sides. It was concluded:

    • University clubs need a planned approach to regular kit purchase and replacement if the clubs are to survive. Many universities are managing this effectively but The Centurions should be encouraging all to do this.
    • Where a club is in need The Centurions will consider providing kit in conjunction with a planned programme of kit replacement that is locally funded.
    • Support would be considered where there is a major new initiative, for example a women’s club starting a men’s team.
    • Consideration should be given to working with kit providers to introduce a kit replacement plan.

    There was discussion of greater involvement of The Centurions in university lacrosse. The feasibility of providing and presenting a ‘man of the match awards’ at the BUCS final is to be investigated.

  8. SIXES

    It has been agreed that operational management of the tournament will be undertaken by SEMLA. The tournament will be used by The Centurions for marketing our club and the tournament. We shall enter two teams. It will remain The Centurions SEMLA Six a Side Tournament.

  9. CENTURION AWARD

    Geoffrey Wilkinson has volunteered again to manage the award process. It is the intention to circulate this to NEMLA, SEMLA, the ELA and its relevant committee chairs, as well as the clubs. We shall use the ELA and our own websites and the Facebook page to give wider publicity.

    Consideration was given to the appropriateness of a silver salver as an award. It was felt that a salver was not unaligned with the nature of the award event but it was suggested a more practical item such as a cut glass vase might be appropriate.

  10. MEETING DATES

    The secretary will circulate suggested dates for next year’s meetings.