A UCFB course leader, who is also head coach for the men’s senior squad for British Lacrosse, has expressed his joy as the sport has been chosen to feature at the Olympics after 120 years.

Lacrosse will be introduced as an Olympic sport, played in the sixes format, at the 2028 Olympic Games, to be held in Los Angeles.

Lacrosse has been played twice at the Olympics before, but not for more than 100 years, being featured in the 1904 and 1908 Olympic Games.

UCFB is particularly excited by this news, as Tom Wenham, the head coach of the men’s senior team, is the course leader for BA (Hons) Sports Business and Coaching at our Manchester Campus.

Tom has previously coached England at both European Championships and World Championships, but now he is looking at getting his Team GB a set of Olympic gold medals.

The British team is currently ranked fourth in the world. Tom has said how excited he is about the impact this could have on lacrosse in Britain.

He said: “The news is incredibly exciting and inspiring. It’s an enormous step forward for lacrosse and presents opportunities at the grassroots level of the sport as well as for the national teams.

“It’s hard to over-estimate the potential impact that this could have. There’s a lot of planning and hard work ahead but we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop the sport.

“Whilst there’s a lot of work to do with regards qualification, we’ll be going into the next five years with the aim of putting the GB men’s lacrosse team on the Olympic medal podium.”

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