England may have disappointed many fans with World Cup failure, but England can still show other countries how it's done, as the Filworld Lacrosse championships come to Manchester University's Armitage Centre for what is expected to be the biggest sporting event in the city since the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
The England team, which is competing against thirty other nations, includes Salfordian players David McCulloch and Nick Anderton, together with Head Coach, Dave Elwood.
"I have wanted to develop above and beyond the others" says David McCulloch, a mechanical engineer by trade "I guess it comes from seeing ordinary people like you or I getting to play at the highest level in front of crowds of thousands. When you realise that a bit of hard work and dedication can get you to this level and emulate those before you, it really gives you the impetus to push on."
Europe will be represented by 17 nations, including, Spain, Germany and Denmark. The Canadian team is returning to defend its crown, whilst the United States is marked as favourites.
There are only 2500 seats left for the sporting event. For season passes and tickets visit http://www.2010worldlacrosse.com/tickets.
Words by Dawn O'Connor