Editor’s Note: With the 2013 Australia lacrosse seasons just finishing up, and Summer Down Under well on its way, you might not be thinking about moving to Australia to play and coach lacrosse… but you should be! Usually we have opportunities to play abroad stemming from clubs in Perth, WA, but now we’re moving across the great Australian nation to Melbourne!
See below for an opportunity to play, and coach, for Melbourne Lacrosse! I went to Australia to play and coach in 2001, and it was an amazing experience… one I would highly recommend if you love lacrosse, life, travel, and meeting great new people!
My name is Peter Allen and I am the Chairman of Melbourne Lacrosse, an Australian club based in the heart of Melboume, playing in the Victorian League. I would like to invite you to play for our club and to consider what Melboume Lacrosse is able to offer you in terms of support, skill development, and the benefits of belonging to a club with a vibrant culture and a strong tradition.
Melbourne Lacrosse, or officially M.C.C. (Melbourne Cricket Club) Lacrosse Section has men’s teams in most divisions of the Victorian league. The Victorian League is arguably the most competitive league in Australia. The season runs from late April until early August with finals at the end of August and the start of September. Being associated with the M.C.C. we have a lot of resources at our disposal and boast a proud culture with strong traditions.
The Melbourne Cricket Club is a unique organisation. It is a private club, incorporated under the Melbourne Cricket Club Act 1974, boasting by far the biggest membership of any sporting club in Australia. The MCC also has the public responsibility of managing one of the largest and the most successful stadiums in Australia and the world – the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which was the venue of the 1956 Olympics and The 2006 Commonwealth Games and will also host the next Cricket World Cup Final. (www.mcc.org.au for further information)
We offer International Players financial assistance with airfares and accommodation and help them to find employment for the duration of their stay. Employment varies depending upon the qualifications of the player but even if a player does not have formally recognized qualifications we have many people associated with the club who offer casual laboring jobs. Working arrangements are flexible to allow people to go touring and other such activities during season breaks.
In return for the support we offer we ask in return that you make a commitment to our club, playing and training as required and following an agreed upon code of conduct. We also encourage International Players to take on an assistant coaching role within our Junior Program which also involves supporting clinics for the wider community and generally being a positive role model for the club.
If you would like more information about Melbourne Lacrosse please visit our website www.mcclacrosse.sportingpulse.net or find us on Facebook. If you would like specific details about playing lacrosse in Australia please email me, [email protected]. Good Luck this season and I look forward to communicating further with you in the near future.
That is a pretty excellent set up if you asked me! If you’re interested in traveling around the world to play lacrosse, get in touch with Peter Allen, and live the dream!