A new era for National Schools Lacrosse Championships 2-5 March 2019


The England Lacrosse ‘National Schools Lacrosse Championship’ is ready to welcome in a new era for the event after the agreement of a number of changes for the 2019 tournament.  

The National Schools Lacrosse Championship has transformed since its early years; with a past that predates the second world war, the event is cemented into the school calendar with championship winning teams earning their place in the history books.

In recent times a move to Surrey Sports Park and title sponsor, Rathbone Investment Management, have enabled England Lacrosse to develop the structure and presentation of the event.

Indisputably, Rathbones has driven the event forward and enriched the experience for the girls who have competed during this time as well as having supported a number of community programmes to enhance participation in the sport.

Rathbones has been a great supporter of lacrosse for six years but has now decided to concentrate its sponsorship activities in a different area. We would like to thank Rathbones for all their support over the years and look forward to welcoming them as guests to National Schools in the future.

The National Schools Lacrosse Championship is also continuing on a journey of growth with a move to Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, the home of British Army sport.

Surrey Sports Park allowed England Lacrosse to improve the presentation of the event significantly; however, due to the expanding size of the tournament, England Lacrosse has moved to secure a new venue for the event in 2019.

The impressive size and scope of the facilities at Aldershot will assist in further development of the National Schools Lacrosse Championship for years to come.

Phillip Howell, Rathbones chief executive, said, “Rathbones has been proud sponsor of the National Schools Lacrosse Championship and of England Lacrosse since 2013. During this time, it has been wonderful to see the tournament grow from strength to strength and to have helped give more girls the chance to play this brilliant sport.

“After six years, we have decided that the time is right for us to bow out and to redirect our sponsorship energy in support of another great cause, the Rathbones Folio Prize around which we are building programmes to encourage aspiring authors and to more generally promote literacy amongst the young.

“Each year, we have been so impressed by the sportsmanship, commitment and team spirit of the girls who have competed in the Rathbones National Schools. It is a truly inspiring tournament and we send all the schools and the many people who ensure its success our very best wishes for its continuing success.”

Sean White