Baseball clubs received over £100,000 in grant support in the last four years

Wed 23 Nov 2016

Following an analysis of BaseballSoftballUK’s work with clubs over the last funding cycle (April 2013 – Oct 2016) we are happy to report that thanks to the efforts of BaseballSoftballUK and its staff baseball clubs have received £103,688* in grant and income support. This is cash that has gone directly into the pockets of baseball clubs in an effort to help them achieve their own development goals.

*£103,688 as of October 2016, but there are additional grants worth up to £9,700 still awaiting decision.

The grants have come from a variety of sources, including Sport England’s Small Grants programme, Sportivate, the Youth Sport Trust, Satellite Clubs, Inspired Facilities and BSUK’s own development budget.  The single largest grant recipient was the Richmond Baseball and Softball Club, which received £47,069 in 2013 to redevelop their facilities at Connare Field, Kew and Ham Sports Association in Ham.  The remaining £66,819 was used to cover the cost of equipment for new teams; coaching for outreach programmes at schools, colleges and universities; coach bursaries to attend courses; marketing and posters for recruitment; visits from expert/guest coaches; and venue hire for indoor winter practice.

The following baseball clubs were recipients of at least one grant from an external funder or BSUK during this period:

  • Bracknell Baseball Club
  • Cartmel Lions Baseball Club
  • Manchester Baseball Club
  • Halton Baseball and Softball Club
  • Liverpool Trojans
  • Oldham
  • Birmingham Bandits
  • Long Eaton Storm
  • Leicester Blue Sox
  • Northants Centurions
  •  Hull Scorpions
  • Brighton Baseball Club
  • Horsham Junior Baseball Club
  • Guildford Mavericks
  • Herts Baseball Club
  • Oxford Kings
  • Tonbridge Baseball Club
  • Southampton Mustangs
  • Essex Arrows
  • Harlow Greensox*
  • Essex Redbacks
  • Richmond Baseball and Softball Club
  • Romford Wasps
  • London Mets

*Did not affiliate to the BBF

BaseballSoftballUK’s National Development Manager Will Lintern said:

“It is fantastic to see so many clubs benefitting from not only the grants and financial aid available to them, but also leveraging the support available through our development staff.  I know that our team at BSUK are incredibly passionate about developing baseball and it is inspiring to see so many baseball clubs in the UK taking advantage of the support on offer.

“Whilst this is great news,” Lintern continued, “I don’t think £100,000 is enough and there are still many clubs not yet accessing funding.  Even those who are could access much more -- we as a sport (including softball) undersubscribe to many of the pots of money available.  So as a call to arms I challenge anyone who wants to help make 2017 the best year in British Baseball history: let’s get planning, let’s get busy and together let’s get even more money into the pockets of our clubs.”

Contact your local BSUK Point Person through the website: http://www.baseballsoftballuk.com/club/pointperson.
For more information on grants and funding available visit Sport England’s website: https://www.sportengland.org/funding/.
For more information and advice on club finances and general club development, visit the Club Matters website: http://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/club-finances/.

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