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FIL Hosts Historic Developmental Clinic in Haiti


HAITI – The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) hosted the first ever developmental clinic in Haiti this past week, June 6-11, 2018. The goal of the FIL Developmental Clinic was to introduce the sport of lacrosse while enhancing a greater understanding for the game and to foster global community outreach.

A qualified and experienced staff that included Dino Mattessich, Joanna Lignelli, Jane Pirie and John Pirie ran the FIL Development Clinic.

During the first evening of the clinic, the staff conducted a presentation for players, coaches, teachers, administrators and affiliated sport’s government officials which discussed the history of lacrosse, basics of the sport for boys and girls, the history of the sport in Haiti and how to grow the game within the country, which has been racked with natural disasters in recent years.Joanna Lignelli – FIL Clinician (Right) and Dunno – Interpretor (Left) are teaching a group of Haitian youth the skills of the Lacrosse game, held June 6-11, 2018.Rick Mercurio, FIL Developmental Chair, regarding the clinic said, “The FIL Development Committee is extremely excited and happy to assist the country of Haiti in achieving the goal of developing the game of lacrosse in Haiti. The General Secretary of Haiti Lacrosse, Emmanuel Charles, has been instrumental in helping to plan this clinic. We look forward to the continued success of Lacrosse in Haiti.”

On the Saturday and Sunday, the staff held on field clinics for players and coaches where fundamental skills and basic game concepts were introduced. The staff also helped provide further knowledge into offensive and defensive game concepts. As part of the overall objective, drills and coaching points were introduced to assist in the continuation of the development of lacrosse in Haiti.

For more information on the Federation of International lacrosse, visit www.worldlacrosse.sportand to learn more about Haitian Federation of Lacrosse go to

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