(From Press Release) The Singapore Lacrosse Association (SLA) has become the 47th member of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) as voted on by the FIL membership on July 30, 2013.
The SLA was formed in October 2012 and is led by their President, Ed Burnam. The SLA has been recognized as an organization within the Government of Singapore. Mr. Burnam states, “The FIL’s recognition will help us meet one more of the Singapore Sport council’s criteria for full government support.”
Singapore has received much appreciated assistance from Thailand and sponsors. According to Burnam, “the Thailand team has been very generous since planting the lacrosse seed here in Singapore in 2011. Enigma Apparel has supported us with uniforms, which has freed up money for our development clinics and local growth. A local Singapore sponsor, Brewerkz, has taken us on as a team as well.”
Within its first year, SLA successfully competed in five official international men’s matches, with a record of four wins and one loss. On April 20th, SLA hosted the Hong Kong men’s and women’s teams for the inaugural Lacrosse games in Singapore. Recently, both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the 2013 Asian-Pacific Lacrosse Tournament (ASPAC) hosted by China in June.
The SLA has already been very active conducting clinics in more than 10 area schools and holding numerous open clinics for interested players. The SLA has conducted a comprehensive coach’s education clinic and has presented the sport to over 90 delegates in the Singapore Sports Conference.
“Singapore’s membership represents the continued growth in the Pacific Rim.”
—Tom Hayes, FIL Director of Development
Tom Hayes, FIL Director of Development, had this to say about Singapore as the newest member of FIL, “Singapore’s membership represents the continued growth in the Pacific Rim. There are now eight FIL members; Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand in this region. We expect to add Malaysia, and the Philippines in the near future.”
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About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor). The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.
About the SLA
Singapore Lacrosse Association was officially founded in October 2012. It exists to provide Lacrosse to the Singapore community as well as grow and develop the game at both development & elite levels. Despite its infancy, SLA has grown exponentially, establishing a number of teams for men, women, high schools and the SLA Academy.
Within its first year, SLA successfully competed in five official international men’s matches overseas, with a record of four wins and one loss. SLA’s open door policy and enthusiastic membership makes it a very fun, friendly and exciting organisation to be a part of. Open to all players of different ages and abilities, as well as first-timers, we encourage you to get in touch today and get involved!