LTP held their first camp recently at Poynton Sports Club and were nice enough to let me help out. The morning started out with some introductions from camp director Tom Gallon and LTP founder Sam Russell, followed by a warm-up and some skill work. Jak Wawrzyniak of Providence College and I took the older guys, the U14s and U16s, while Sam, Tom and Alberto took the young guns. After a solid morning session, prizes were handed out for creativity and hard work. I still have trouble wrapping my mind around the pass that won the creativity prize. Some kind of between the legs/off the wall/behind the back/around the world… whatever it was, it was impressive. After a healthy and nutritious lunch, Sam, James Shaw and myself took the older guys to a muddy English pitch to work on some team concepts. The session ended in some epic braveheart battles and every camper covered in mud.
As the day was wrapped up and more prizes were handed out, campers had the chance to buy some equipment and apparel as well as some priceless memorabilia. As the England all-stars, Sam and Tom, were hounded for autographs, I tried to get in on the action but no one seemed to believe I was Paul Rabil. Fortunately, I was able to pass as former Hofstra legend and current Poynton star Mike DeNapoli.
Overall, it was a great day of lacrosse. I want to thank LTP for letting me help out. Hopefully they can host a couple more camps while I’m in the UK because I had a great time coaching. Below are some shots from the day, enjoy!
– Tom Ring