Wakeman, Fairfield Youth Lacrosse join forces

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and the Fairfield Youth Lacrosse Association (FYL) today announced a collaborative arrangement to develop the best and broadest range of opportunities for Fairfield boys and girls participating in the sport of lacrosse, by leveraging the respective strengths and priorities of each organization.
Under the new collaborative approach, beginning in the spring of 2014, FYL will provide all inter-town Travel lacrosse programs and serve as the town-designated program for CONNY (the statewide travel lacrosse association), while Wakeman will provide all in-town “House” lacrosse programs.
The goal is to provide the best opportunity for advanced players of all ages focused on competing at the highest levels, while also having a robust program for introductory players and the many who want to play but are not ready, inclined or able to commit to a travel program.
David Blagys, Executive Director of Wakeman, said, “Wakeman is incredibly proud to have started the first lacrosse program in Fairfield 25 years ago, and none of us could have imagined the growth and success this sport has enjoyed in town.
“We began with the House program in 1988 and then expanded to travel programs in 1997, based on the community’s need, and we are excited to get back to our core focus on the House programs.
“We think 2014 will be the best year ever for House lacrosse.”
Jeff Richard, President of FYL, said, “This is an exciting time for the Fairfield lacrosse community. We have developed a collaborative approach that has not always been possible in town sports, whereby we will provide a seamless range of opportunities for kids and families interested in lacrosse.
“From introductory clinics, to the in-town House program, to a highly competitive travel program, FYL and Wakeman will have it all and the winners will be the kids, families and the sport of lacrosse.
“We can’t wait to get the spring season underway.”
Wakeman, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has provided all lacrosse programming in town for the past 25 years.
Following the establishment of FYL in 2012, there were a number of overlapping programs and the two organizations determined it was in the best interest of kids, families and the sport to have a more collaborative approach lacrosse in Fairfield.
Last year, more than 1,200 boys and girls participated in lacrosse in the spring season and participation is expected to grow annually by double-digit percentages.
Community meetings will be held on Oct. 24, (Fairfield Warde) and Oct. 29, (Fairfield Ludlowe) auditoriums to provide full information on program structure, registration and other information. The meetings will be at 7 p.m.

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