BSUK supports local youth baseball initiative in Kent

Wed 29 May 2019

BaseballSoftballUK is working in partnership with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) to deliver a community development programme during the summer holidays in mid-Kent to get young people from lower socio-economic groups involved with baseball.

The project, part of an initiative called Get Active, follows work that BaseballSoftballUK has done in Kent over the past two years with two housing associations, Golding Homes and SPARK Housing, through partnerships with Kent Sport and now the CACT.

The inclusion of baseball in the programme is based on activity in Gillingham and Marden over the past two summers as well as the excitement and interest that will be generated by this summer’s Mitel & MLB Present MLB London Series.  This year, the sport will offer something new for boys and girls living in the Shepway and Parkwood areas of Maidstone.


Plans are for a six-week summer programme running from Monday 29 July 2019 through Friday September 2019.  Sessions will be held on:

  • Mondays from 4.00-5.00 pm and 5.00-6.00 pm at Greenfields Community Primary School in Shepway.
  • Fridays from 4.00-5.00 pm and 5.00-6.00 pm at a location to be confirmed in Parkwood.

The first hour will be for boys and girls aged 8-11 and the second hour for boys and girls aged 11+.


Stephen Camacho, the Mid-Kent Football Development Officer for the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, said, “We are excited to be including baseball in our Get Active programme in 2019.  BaseballSoftballUK will be delivering sessions to the community in Maidstone to help bring the community together through sport.”

BaseballSoftballUK South East Development Manager Patrick Knock said, “It’s great to be a key partner in this project and continue introducing baseball to youngsters across Kent in the same summer as the first-ever Mitel & MLB Present London Series is happening.  We hope this will inspire more interest in the sport, especially in harder-to-reach community groups like those that we and the CACT hope to engage in the Get Active project.”

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