KNIGHTS 2015 - Billy Kershaw!
South Manchester Reporter
boy Billy Kershaw is preparing for the biggest lacrosse games of his
life, as he joins England’s finest schoolboy players as they prepare to
take on some of the best American high school teams.
Kershaw (14), who lives in Didsbury and is a student at The Manchester
Grammar School, was one of just five attackers selected to join the
Elite English Knights team as they train for the next two years to take
part in the Bison Brawl and the Gait Cup at Gettysburg University in
As Billy explained: “Fifty of us took part in the
trials with 23 selected to join the team. Competition for a place was
tough as we were competing against the best players in the country
including some from the American School TASIS, who take their lacrosse
really seriously, but I’m delighted to have secured mine and can’t wait
Billy started playing lacrosse when he was just eight
years old after he and his mum visited the Didsbury Festival and saw a
leaflet about it.
He has since done his own research, delving
deep into the sport’s roots: “I completely immersed myself into the
research of my new favourite sport. I found out so many interesting
facts; it’s the fastest growing sport in America and was actually
originally founded by Native Americans more than 3,000 years ago. I knew
I had to be a part of that,” added Billy.
Billy has also earned a
place on the England Academy’s U15s team as well as being a
longstanding member of Manchester Waconians – the only lacrosse club in
the city of Manchester which is now more than 100 years old. As well as
preparing for his trip across the Atlantic he is also preparing to play
with Lancashire U16s in the hotly anticipated East vs West All Stars
where the county takes on Cheshire.
Concluded MGS Director of
Sport Mark Walmsley: “I am delighted to see one of our students thrive
in a sport that he clearly loves.”