Chichester Falcons set up youth softball club

Tue 27 May 2014

The Chichester Falcons from the Solent Softball League, with help from Sport England and BaseballSoftballUK, is setting up the city's first youth softball club.  The first of eight softball sessions for boys and girls aged 12-16 will get under way at 6.00 pm on Monday 9 June at Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP, led by qualified Falcons coaches James Clarke and David Morris, and the focus will be on fastpitch softball.
 

Filling a gap

Softball is one of the few team sports where boys and girls play together in the same team, and has a strong foundation of teamwork and social ethics. 

“We are delighted that Sport England has recognised youth softball as a sport which fills a gap for children looking for something other than the more traditional sports available,” said Falcons coach David Morris.  “The exciting nature of the game and its distinctive equipment makes softball very attractive to young people who want to play a sport which is rapidly becoming popular, and make friends at the same time.”

Thanks to Lottery funding from Sport England, the Falcons will be able to run an initial eight practice sessions completely free of charge for participants.  All necessary equipment and coaching will be provided, with a view to establishing a long-standing youth fastpitch softball presence in the city and beyond.
 

Taster sessions

In the meantime the Falcons have been invited to run taster sessions at local secondary schools to give pupils a chance to give softball a try prior to the club sessions starting in June.  For many youngsters, this will be their first exposure to softball, and the Falcons plan to make it a positive experience with fast-paced and fun practice drills and games.

In the long term, players can look forward to taking part in national tournaments, the possibility of a new Sussex Softball League to compete in, or even aspire to progress into the GB Softball Team programme, playing worldwide at Under-13, Under-16, Under-19 and adult levels.

Initially, however, the Falcons aim to get children learning, playing and enjoying softball together, part of the effort to build a strong foundation for the future of the sport in Chichester.

Any interested young people or parents should contact the Falcons on chichesterfalcons@gmail.com to register their interest, or visit www.youthsoftball.co.uk.

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