BSUK’s John Boyd to serve on two joint CEB and ESF Committees

Thu 10 Dec 2015

The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) and the European Softball Federation (ESF) have recently announced plans for closer collaboration and have set up joint working committees for Marketing and Media, Development and Operations, with BSUK’s Joint CEO John Boyd appointed to two of them.

John, who is the Head of Development at BaseballSoftballUK, will serve on both the Development Committee and the Marketing and Media Committee.  This follows on from his work over the past two years, where he has supported CEB’s Executive Committee in creating a strategic plan to increase the popularity of baseball in Europe. 

John will bring 17 years of professional experience developing baseball and softball in the UK to the work of these joint committees.

Development Committee

The new joint Development Committee will have its own subcommittee, dedicated to spreading the youth development programme known as BeeBall across the continent.  The Development Committee will consist of:

Chair: Ami Baran
Youri Alkalay
Mick Manning
John Boyd

The BeeBall subcommittee will be:

Monique Schmitt
Eddy Van Straelen
Anton Kops
Clinicians to be named

Marketing and Media Committee

The Marketing and Media Committee will be tasked with raising the profile of the sports in Europe and bringing in additional income streams, and will consist of:

Chair: Peter Kurz
John Boyd
Slobodan Djuric
Helena Novotna

Operations Committee

The new Operations Committee will try to realise efficiencies and economies of scale as a result of CEB and the ESF working more closely together.  Its members will be:

Chair: Gabriel Waage
Mette Nissen Jacobsen
Monique Schmitt
Kristina Uroic


John Boyd said: "I'm honoured to be nominated by CEB to serve on these committees.  It has been hugely rewarding working with the organisation to set in motion a plan to proactively influence the popularity of baseball in Europe.  Baseball and softball together provide outlets for the widest possible audience, appealing to men and women and boys and girls across a wide age range, whether they are after a great competitive sport or a summer knock-about game. 

"I look forward to working with colleagues from both the baseball and softball communities to grow our sports across the continent."

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