Cobham Lacrosse Club
29th August 2017
Start of season letter
This letter has been sent by email to all of those members who have renewed for the 2017/18 season.
Welcome back to all our returning members and a very warm welcome to our new members. We have set out below important information for the forthcoming season.
The club is run entirely by parent volunteers and we have worked hard to provide members with a high quality website, which can also be easily viewed on mobile devices. Please help us reduce our email traffic and use the website as your first port of call for queries.
The website provides information on:
Membership – how to apply via the website
Please carefully read all the tabs on the website and the Twitter feed on the Home page before contacting a member of the committee.
We are delighted to welcome Scotland International, experienced coach and former Cobham member, Heather Macrae as new our Head Coach. You can read Heather’s Bio on the website under ‘About Us/Committee and Coaches’. Georgie Harfitt, who was our Head Coach last season, is doing a PGCE this year but will still be coaching for us on a regular basis, as will long standing coaches Nicky Williams and Lauren Snape. This senior team will be supported by a number of other senior and junior coaches throughout the season, including Ireland Internationals Claire Halliday and Schyler Neale, who many of you will know from past years at Cobham and now at Putney High School.
The U11 coaching team, I’m pleased to say, will again be headed by parent volunteer Mark Cooke and most ably supported by fellow parents Katie Cowton and Kate Calleja, plus other support coaches through the season. If you would like to help coach as a parent volunteer, please do get in touch. Training can be provided.
Guest Coaching sessions
We are looking to organise some specialist coaching sessions during the season, such as a Goal Keeping Clinic. These will be notified by email once we have the dates and also posted on the website.
Registration with the ELA
It is a requirement that all players who play in League matches are registered with the English Lacrosse Association. This applies to Firsts, U15 and U13 members. Other age groups only play friendly matches and therefore don’t need to register yet. Only those with an ELA registration number will be eligible for match selection. To find out how to register, see the website under ‘Club News/English Lacrosse Association Registration’.
Under the Junior League structure, there are two age groups: U15 and U13 (no separate U14). To avoid over capacity for matches and to allow us to admit more members in these popular age groups, U15 members play in the First Team league matches and U14 play in the U15 Junior League matches. More information can be found on the website.
Availability for matches
Our team managers, who are all parent volunteers, will email members for availability for matches a week to ten days before a match. In accordance with our ‘Sport for All’ philosophy (see ‘About Us’ on the website), we take the first 18 girls who commit to play and then run a reserve list. If you commit to play and then drop out, this may affect your chances of playing next time. The team managers don’t assess or ‘rank’ reasons for dropping out – everyone believes they have a good reason. They simply keep a note of drop outs, whatever the reason, and allocate places to those who are most reliable.
We are close to full in some age groups and likely to become full as the season progresses. If at any time you decide not to continue as a member of the club, please let us know as we may be able to give your place to someone else and provide a refund. If this situation arises, contact the Membership Secretary via the website.
As noted above, the website provides details on where to park under ‘About Us/Directions’. By way of a reminder, it is the terms of the Cobham Curve’s lease that dictate that there is no parking or drop off at the Fairmile Pub – at any time. We have ample parking of our own at Munro House and failure to comply can result in the lease on our pitches being revoked.
Even if you are using the pub while your daughter plays lacrosse, please use our parking and walk across the road. This is not a decision taken by the Lacrosse Committee but an over-arching requirement for all sports that use the Cobham Curve Clubhouse. Due to the risk faced by the club, failure to comply with this may end up with your membership being revoked. We regularly stop parents trying to ‘nip in’ to the Fairmile for a drop off or pick up and will name and shame offenders by posting details of registration plates. Don’t let that be you! Only those with valid CSA issued parking permits, mostly our coaches bring equipment, are allowed to park in the bays near the grounds. Please also ensure anyone from Family or Friends you send to drop off or collect is aware of this rule.
Please don’t forget that girls can be dropped at Munro House and join the walking bus with our coaches to take them over the road. Drop by 1.45pm to join the walking bus that will leave a few minutes later. If you miss the walking bus, then it is your responsibility to walk your daughter across to the pitches. Girls should not cross the main road unaccompanied.
We request that girls either wear Cobham kit or neutral sports kit (not school kit) for training sessions. This avoids visual school divisions and helps the girls integrate into the club. The exception to this is when girls come directly to training from a school match, although please at least bring a neutral top or sweatshirt to change into. Suitable waterproof jackets and warm clothing are required in the winter.
If you would like to order a Cobham shirt, you need to be given a shirt number. If you would like a shirt number, please contact Sheena Macrae, our Membership Secretary via the website, who will allocate you an available number.
Girls who qualify as a Level 1 Coach or Umpire are eligible to work for Cobham on a paid basis. We pay market leading rates and many of the girls you see working on Saturdays have followed this route. This is a fantastic CV building opportunity for leadership skills and will enable the girls to work at other summer camps and lacrosse courses in the future. If you are in Year 10 or above (from September 2017) then we can help organise this for you.
The first part of the courses are completed online in your own time, followed by an assessment day for coaching, or three reviewed matches for umpiring. Please contact Helen Devine via the website if you are interested.
All cancellation notices are sent by email and posted on our Twitter feed. The Twitter feed can be easily viewed on the Home Page of our website, so you don’t need to be a Twitter user to see the posts. If in doubt, check the website Twitter feed.
We only send cancellation messages. No message means that training or matches are going ahead. Our pitches drain well and training goes ahead during rain. Normally only lightening or heavily frozen pitches will be likely to cause cancellation of training or home matches.
We aim to send cancellation notices of training by 11am on the day. Match cancellations are sent as soon as they are known.
Behaviour and Welfare
We expect the girls to be respectful to the coaches and to each other. Fortunately it happens rarely but where bad behaviour is spotted or reported our coaches have authority to deal with it appropriately. Persistent offenders will be reported to the Committee, if necessary. In addition, please do feel free to contact our Welfare Officer, Marta Chinniah at Marta@chinniah.co.uk in confidence if your daughter is upset by anyone’s treatment or behaviour, players and coaches, which you believe is unacceptable and having an impact on your daughter’s enjoyment of the club.
Check the website and our Twitter feed on the Home Page for all important news and updates and we look forward to seeing many of you at our first training on Saturday 9th September.
Cobham Lacrosse Club Chairman