Baseball features at London disability sports events

Wed 7 Aug 2019

Baseball featured for the second straight year at the annual Disability Sports Coach (DSC) Summer Festival, held on 26 July at Westway Sports Centre in London, and there will be a disability Baseball Festival at the same site on Friday 9 August.

The baseball zone at the multi-sport event on 26 July was run by coaches Mary Schofield and Tracey Wallin, who did a great job providing participants from a number of disability organisations and community sports clubs across London with the chance to play baseball.

The zone included a hitting area and a space for throwing and catching.

Ongoing involvement

BSUK's involvement in the DSC Summer Festival follows its inclusion in the Spring 2018 festival as a showcase sport and then the 2018 Summer Festival.

Alongside those events, BSUK has been working closely with DSC over the past 18 months to introduce adapted baseball to the growing number of DSC Borough Sports Clubs.  This project has involved BSUK delivering Activator training for DSC coaches and volunteers and facilitating the first-ever Baseball Club Derby Series last autumn across eight DSC borough clubs.

Baseball Festival

BaseballSoftballUK Development Manager Patrick Knock said, "The interest and uptake in the sport has been very positive and the Club Derby Series will culminate with an Open Baseball Festival on Friday 9 August, also at the Westway Sports Centre, which we're really excited about.

“This will be an inclusive and fun event that any pan-disability organisation or person with a disability can attend,” Patrick added, “and aims to build on the excitement around the first-ever MLB London Series that took place at the end of June. 

The Festival will be run jointly by BSUK coaches and DSC staff.

Laura Abrahams, DSC Club Development Officer, said, "After working with BaseballSoftballUK on our Club Derby Series, the members have labelled baseball as one of their new favourites! There's no doubt the Baseball Festival will excite members and partners alike so we're really looking forward to a wonderful day!"

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