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Surrey Sports Park to Host 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup

26 March 2013

Surrey Sports Park has announced that it will host the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup at a VIP reception attended by Guildford MP Anne Milton.

Following a comprehensive bidding process with the sport’s national governing body English Lacrosse, Chief Executive Officer Paul Blanchard invited a number of key members of the local community to Surrey Sports Park in order to celebrate the University of Surrey-owned facility’s selection as the host venue for the event.

Guests included 2017 World Cup chair Jan Kiddle, English Lacrosse CEO David Shuttleworth, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP and government whip Anne Milton, whom has been supportive of the bid from the start.

The event also coincided with Surrey Sports Park hosting the 2013 Under-19 Home Lacrosse Internationals, which saw England’s A&B teams claim titles against Wales and Scotland.

As well as hosting the World Cup event, Surrey Sports Park will see an increase in lacrosse activity over the next four years, as English Lacrosse look to hold a number of major events at the venue while also placing a full time development office in the area to increase community engagement and participation.

Anne Milton cited that the World Cup will bring many opportunities for local people within the county: “As Surrey Sports Park builds its lacrosse programme over the coming years, local people will be given some fantastic chances to get involved in the sport. It will provide the local area with a wonderful opportunity to watch world class sport on their doorsteps.

“People will be coming from all around the world to watch the action, which will be great news for local business. This puts Guildford firmly on the World's map!

“Surrey Sports Park is the perfect venue and I am proud to have a world class event on our doorstep. I am looking forward to attending the event in 2017!”

Paul Blanchard was delighted to be able to announce the news: “We [Surrey Sports Park] have a very strong history of welcoming high profile sporting events and the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup will only add to our pedigree.

“Hosting the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup proved why Surrey Sports Park is the right choice to host this event and will bring our community new opportunities to play and watch sport.”

David Shuttleworth Chief Executive of English Lacrosse stated: “Hosting the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup is part of an overall major events strategy for the Association. We will raise the profile of this fantastic sport by hosting international events at world class venues such as Surrey Sports Park. The next four years will be very exciting for the lacrosse community in Surrey, England and indeed the world.”

The 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup will see athletes from over 25 nations training, competing and staying at Surrey Sports Park and the University of Surrey for the duration of the event, marking a steady increase from 16 nations in 2009 and 19 nations in 2013.

[Pictured L-R: Margaret Adeoye, Team GB sprinter and University of Surrey graduate; Anne Milton, Guildford MP and government whip;
Lucy Lynch, England Lacrosse international player;  David Shuttleworth, English Lacrosse CEO; Jan Kiddle, 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Chair]