Youth lacrosse players can get a feel for what it’s like to wear Shamrock green next week at the first ever Victoria Shamrocks spring break kids camp.
With Shamrocks Rhys Duch, the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association scoring champion, and defence specialist Jon Harnett running the show, the camp offers young players a great opportunity, says club executive director Paul German.
“Basically it’s about skill development for kids and learning from players like Rhys and Jon,” he says. “They’re going to run the same offensive and defensive drills and programs they do at the WLA level.”
The camp runs from Monday (March 16) to Thursday. With players in the tyke and novice divisions in one group, and those playing pee wee and bantam in the other; the camp isn’t just about working hard and gearing up for the 2015 season, German adds.
“Rhys Duch started (playing) as a little kid, too, and he knows it’s about having fun with the game. They’re going to have some fun, and it’s also about meeting their heroes.”
Leading into the camp this Sunday is a free special event that has become a tradition with Shamrock Nation.
The third annual St. Patrick’s Day Shootaround gives fans and families a chance to grab a burger and meet their favourite Shamrocks players, as well as opening up the lacrosse box for the kids to throw the ball around with the team.
The Shootaround runs from noon to 4 p.m. beside The Q Centre.
Costs for the camp are $165 for the younger age group and $185 for the older players.
To register or find more details, call 250-478-ROCK (7625) or visit victoriashamrocks.com.