Softball 4 Beginners sessions set for Havering and Essex
Wed 3 Jun 2015
Five new co-ed slowpitch softball teams in Havering and Essex will begin eight weeks of “Softball 4 Beginners” sessions in the week commencing 6 July, leading up to a tournament to be held at the end of the summer and the creation of a new softball league to begin regular play in 2016.
The sessions will be supported by a grant from Sport England that was confirmed at the beginning of June.
David Hurley, Chairman of the new Havering Softball League, said: “Softball is growing in lots of different areas across the country, so we are taking this opportunity to get Havering and Essex involved.”
“I spent a number of weeks putting the grant application together,” David added. “It went off in March, and it has taken around 10 weeks to get confirmation from Sport England. We are now looking at doing eight weeks of beginner sessions and then holding a big tournament at the end of the summer where we will invite development teams from London.
“After that,” David said, “we’d like to have weekly league matches starting in May next year.”
The plan is for the beginner sessions to start in the first week of July at venues in Rainham, Romford, Brentwood and Harold Hill, as well as one further venue in East London which is still to be confirmed.
The Havering League will be part of BSUK’s new Hit the Pitch programme, which will provide all equipment and coaches. A free Activators Course will also be held on Saturday 20 June, and the league will be looking to hire recruits from the course to run paid sessions and recruit people to teams.
Anyone over the age of 14 can get involved. Slowpitch softball is a mixed sport that needs an equal number of men and women players, so all individuals and groups are welcome. Sessions will cost £2 per player per session.