Additional funding awarded to BSUK for work with Rainbow Haven

Wed 20 Nov 2019

The BaseballSoftballUK North West Development team have been successful in their bid for additional satellite funding to deliver seven weeks of female-only softball sessions for charity Rainbow Haven, with the objective to increase the activity levels of a group of women and girls who use their services.

Rainbow Haven is a charity organisation who offers support and activities for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Manchester. This particular session will be a female only session and participants, mostly of whom are immigrants, originate from a wide range of countries including Serbia, Syria and Somalia. The Rainbow Haven centre is located in Abbey Hey, Gorton an area classified as deprived and the rate of unemployment is higher than the national average. These free sessions will be catering for individuals who do not have access to sport due to their current circumstances.

These sessions are in addition to the free weekly softball sessions delivered by BSUK that started in early October for anyone using Rainbow Haven, which take place each Wednesday morning at 11 AM until 5 December.

Linni Mitchell, BaseballSoftballUK North West Coach who will be delivering the sessions said, “We applied for this funding following the success of the softball sessions at the Salford Rainbow Haven Centre. The funding has been granted with the aim to help the inactive become active; this session will do exactly that. The participants will be young women who do not have the opportunity to engage in physical activities outside of the centre so in order to engage with them we are bring the sport right to them. This is a great opportunity for them to get involved in a team sport, build confidence and have some fun.”

The timing of the session is integral as the hour of softball will take place Wednesday 12-1 pm, before a mamas and babies group starts at 1 pm. A crèche is provided so the young women don’t need to pay for childcare - eliminating a barrier for many young women who want to play baseball and softball. The participants are also given money towards their bus fare, which helps mitigate another common barrier for those who want to try sport.

Luis Arrevillagas, Regional Development Manager commented, “We’re really pleased to have started this relationship with Rainbow Haven so we can introduce our sports to such a variety of new people. Most of all we want to give a big thanks to GreaterSport, who have approved our funding application to deliver these sessions to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access our sports. These sessions are some of the most rewarding that our coaches deliver and seeing softball bringing joy to people for an hour a week is priceless.”

Staff at Rainbow Haven have commented about how enthusiastic the participants are about the sessions, with some ladies doing their 'homework' between sessions by researching the rules online before the next session!

For more information on BaseballSoftballUK's work with Rainbow Haven, click here.

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