News (Funding and Grants)
The GB Softball Management Committee is looking for someone to help raise money for national teams by taking charge of a GB Softball merchandising programme on a volunteer basis.
The British Softball Federation Executive has made two Development Grant awards of £250 each: one to a recently-formed slowpitch softball club in St Helens on Merseyside to purchase equipment for new players and the other to the Great Britain Fastpitch League (GBFL) to help with umpire development.
The BSF has a rolling programme of small grants available to leagues, clubs, teams or other softball organisations to help with development projects.
Baseball and softball have been reinstated as sports whose junior athletes can receive awards from SportsAid, a sponsor-funded charity that helps young sports people overcome the financial challenges they face as they bid to realise their full potential.
GB Management Committee member Bob Fromer looks at the possibility that the Great Britain Women’s Fastpitch Team could qualify for the softball tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and sets out what it might take for that goal to be achieved.
An on-line lottery for sports teams, clubs and leagues called Give and Win has been set up by the Sport & Recreation Alliance, and softball and baseball are two of a small number of sports currently piloting the scheme.
For many years, the BSF has maintained a programme of small Development Grants available to leagues, teams and sometimes individuals for projects that will aid in the development or promotion of the sport, and applications are invited.
GreaterSport, the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership, has donated Decathlon vouchers to the value of £400 to the Great Britain Slowpitch Team after an approach by BSUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell.
MARS Milk (“a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play”) is seeking to encourage people to play more sport with the launch of the MARS Milk Play Fund.
The Manchester Outlaws Softball Club, which has three teams at different levels in the Manchester Softball League, has brought a proper commercial pitching machine to the North West and built a batting cage to go around it at the Hough End Social Club ground at Chorlton.