Softball: Falcons aim to swoop for new recruits

Chichester Falcons are looking forward to the new season
Chichester Falcons are looking forward to the new season

Chichester Falcons Softball Club are busily preparing for the upcoming season with a variety of new ideas.

First up, the Falcons are looking to boost the stature of their club by starting up sessions aimed specifically at beginners.

“We recognise that it can be hard for someone who wants to get into a new sport to turn up and try to find their place in an experienced group of players,” said captain David Morris.

“We can address that by holding sessions for beginners who can learn, train and improve together. Once they are comfortable with the sport, they can choose to mix in with the rest of the club on the field.

“Indeed they may reach that stage quite quickly, as softball is a very easy game to get into.”

Chichester District Council have helped fund new equipment which will be available for everybody to use, and no previous softball experience is required.

The Falcons hope to set up a second team formed of new players and beginners to get the new recruits some game-time as quickly as possible. Training starts (for both beginners and experienced softballers) at Oaklands Park next Wednesday, April 2, from 6pm.

Back at the nest, the Falcons have their wings crossed for a grant application to kick-start a youth softball team in the city.

The plan is to run an initial eight sessions for 12-16-year-old boys and girls with a view to progressing the squad to a fully-fledged fast-pitch softball team.

Having participated at several local promotional sport events, it became clear children are keen to take up softball - so the Falcons are hoping to pioneer the first youth softball club in the area.

Softball is briefly included in most secondary schools’ curricula, but there is little to no follow-up for children to pursue the sport. The Falcons fully intend to plug that gap and look forward to developing a youth softball system which can flourish into the future.

On Saturday, April 19, the Falcons will be hosting the second annual Chichester softball tournament in aid of locally-based charity Children on the Edge. The tournament will be held at Chichester University and already has six teams signed up for a fun day of softball, food and music.

Anyone who wants to get involved and join the Falcons can visit www.chichesterfalcons.com, or email chichesterfalcons@gmail.com