Sefton Sharks Softball awarded £3003 to grow the sport year round

Thu 21 May 2015

The Sefton Sharks Softball Club, formed in 2012 as one of the founding teams in the Sefton Softball League, has been awarded £3003 through a Sport England Small Grant to enable the club to hire an indoor venue so they can remain active throughout the winter.

Stephen Shearer, who runs the Sharks with a good team of volunteers behind him, said: “‘The funding will enable our squad to train all year round … and by doing this we will be able to retain existing members and attract new members, especially at those key times of the year such as New Year’s Resolution time, when people are looking to try new things.”
 

Growth

The Sharks are one of seven teams that will play in the Sefton Softball League in 2015.  They also play in the Manchester Softball League and plan to enter a number of tournaments this year, including the BSF Co-ed National Championships.  A couple of Sharks’ players have also enjoyed playing with their local baseball club, the Liverpool Trojans.

The Sefton Softball League has been growing strongly year-on-year.  League Head Michael Lott said: “The grant is a great reward for the Sharks, who have been the flag bearers for the Sefton Softball League.  We are very proud of them and we will continue to support other teams in the league and encourage them to learn from that experience.”

Luis Arrevillagas, BSUK’s North West Regional Development Manager, said: “The grant is excellent news.  The hard work that Stephen Shearer and his team have put into developing softball in their area is paying off nicely.  I work closely with Stephen and I know how much he cares about the sport.”

Stephen Shearer added: “We have worked really hard to create links with the local media to generate interest in our sport.  We also work really hard learning how to maximise the benefits of social media.  We feel really positive about the foundations we are putting in place for our team to grow in the medium to long term.”

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