Lacrosse

We have 18 Lacrosse teams here at Benenden, each of them competing in regular fixtures weekly and the Kent tournament each year.

Many teams also compete in the National Schools Tournament which Benenden has won at U15 level in 2004 and 2009 and has gained a silver medal at Senior level in 2013, U15B level in 2012,and U13 level  in 2013. The First Team has won the Division 1 title in 2013 and 2014 and 2017 saw both the First and Third teams becoming National Champions.

Benenden First Team were Vivien Jones League winners and National Schools Champions in 2017.

The teams have lesson time, practice time and often extra fitness and stickwork sessions and are coached by a number of highly experienced coaches:

  • Catherine Gaunt (Head of Lacrosse) is a goalkeeper and represented England for 10 years
  • Lucy Lynch is currently an England midfielder and has represented her country for 16 years
  • Claire Faram was the England U19 Vice-Captain at the 2011 World Cup in Hanover, Germany and has represented Senior England for 4 years
  • Kate Steel has taught at Benenden since 1983 and represented England from 1980-1985


Above: Camilla Hayes representing England in 2017

Key Achievements

Benenden Lacrosse teams are frequently crowned County Champions across the age groups and a number of girls across the school are in the England regional and national academy.

Many Benenden Seniors have gone on to International representation, here are just a few!

  • Sarah Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh was the top goal scorer at the World Cup in Prague in 2009 with 29 goals.
  • Camilla Hayes won Gold with England at the European Championships in 2012 and 2014 and will represent England in the 2017 World Cup in Guildford, Surrey.
  • Alex Carnegie-Brown and Sophie Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh won Bronze with England at the 2007 U19 World Cup in Canada.
  • Alex Carnegie-Brown was assistant coach of the U19 England team that won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup in Scotland. She is on the coaching staff for the senior England team that will play in the 2017 World Cup in Guildford, Surrey. 
  • Isabel McNab represented England at the 2011 U19 World Cup in Hanover and will represent the senior team at the 2017 World Cup in Guildford, Surrey.
  • Laura Beaman joined the England Development Squad in 2015.


Above: The opening of the All-Weather Pitch and Pavilion

Future Plans/Developments

Benenden had a successful lacrosse and netball tour to the USA and Australia in Summer 2015 and are organising another tour to take place in 2018. 

An All Weather Sports Pitch has been built, meaning that the girls' training time is not restricted by weather conditions. and the accompanying 320 seat pavilion and stand has been opened so that pupils, parents, friends and family can see Benenden achieve even more success!

  • Head of Lacrosse: Cat Gaunt