Successful BSUK Slowpitch Academy to be extended to Manchester

Tue 30 Apr 2019

Following very successful first sessions for BaseballSoftballUK’s Slowpitch Academy, held indoors in West London on 27 April and 4 May, it has now been announced that the Academy will be repeated in Manchester in early June.

A full day of sessions on batting, fielding and throwing will be held in Manchester on Saturday 1 June, and sessions on positional specifics and game scenarios will be held on Saturday 8 June – both outdoors on the playing fields at Parrs Wood School in East Didsbury.

The Manchester Slowpitch Academy sessions, like those held earlier in London, will be led by Robbie Robison, former GB Slowpitch Team player and Assistant Coach and currently Head Coach for the GB Under-18 Women's Fastpitch Team as well as Head Coach at both the Softball Academy and High Performance Academy.  The Academies are BaseballSoftballUK's established athlete training structures for fastpitch softball and baseball, designed to develop players on a performance pathway towards national team selection.

And this news just in -- an additional day of Slowpitch Academy sessions in the South East has been scheduled for Saturday 22 June at Farnham Park.  To register, click here.

The sessions in Manchester and the additional session at Farnham Park on 22 June are aimed at any competitive slowpitch players who want to up their game for the 2019 outdoor season.  While there are no age restrictions on the sessions, the Slowpitch Softball Academy is primarily for adult players.


It was clear from responses to the first London session on 27 April, based on a carefully-designed programme of skills development, that there is a pent-up desire in the slowpitch community for more in-depth coaching.

Clair Bellens from the London Advertising League said, "It was inclusive, it was exhausting, it was amazing and I learned so much!"

Sarah Butcher, who plays in both the Windsor & Maidenhead League and the Greater London Softball Mixed League, said: "It's been a long time coming and I was really pleased that BSUK has created an opportunity for B-grade players to receive dedicated coaching for the first time."

"There aren't many opportunities for players wanting to push themselves and access coaching at this level,” said David Hendy from the Windsor & Maidenhead League.  “The course was excellent."

Herling Alvarez from Bristol said, “Coach Robbie was very knowledgeable and helpful," and David Grindstaff from the Solent League added, “Saturday was fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the next session.”

Manchester schedule

The schedule of Slowpitch Academy sessions in Manchester will be:

Session 1 -- Batting (9.00 am-12.00 pm on 1 June)
Session 2 -- Fielding and Throwing (1.00-4.00 pm on 1 June)
Session 3 -- Position Specifics (9.00 am-12.00 pm on 8 June)
Session 4 -- Game Situations (1.00-4.00 pm on 8 June)

All sessions will be held on the softball fields next to Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG.

Players who attend will be given an Academy T-shirt, and insurance cover will be provided.

Players should wear personal playing kit and bring gloves and their favourite bat if they have one.

Cost and registration

The cost for attending one, two or three sessions in Manchester will be £30 per session, or £100 for all four sessions.

As noted above, you can register for the Slowpitch Academy here.

Once you have registered and your place has been confirmed, the team at BaseballSoftballUK will be in touch with next steps.

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