Carnival atmosphere at Manchester LGBT Rookie Charity Tournament
Mon 6 Jun 2016
With sun, bunting and a coconut shy, the LGBT Rookie Charity Tournament hosted on Saturday 4 June by BSUK and Pride Sports in Manchester had a real carnival atmosphere.
Nine teams from London, Leeds, St Helens and Manchester took part, and between the tournament itself and lunchtime fundraising activities, including a coconut shy and throwing competition, more than £500 was raised for the Pride Youth Games.
The tournament catered for both complete beginners and experienced players, with captains choosing either safety balls or outdoor balls at the start of each match. The tournament also gave new umpires a chance to officiate games, with assistance and guidance from BSUK’s North West Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas.
After a full day of fun and play, the final standings looked like this:
1 -- Urmston Rippers
2 -- St Helens Sabres
3 -- University of Manchester Maelstrom
4 -- Manchester Phoenix
5 -- London Raiders
6 -- Adel Annihilators
7 -- Bombers
8 -- Dangerous Tractors
9 -- Pride Sport
BSUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell said: "It’s great to see our sport being showcased and played by such a variety of people, showing that softball really is a sport for all. Thanks to all of the umpires, captains and Pride Sport for helping put together what has been a really successful day."
Lou Englefield, Director of Pride Sports said: "It was great to work on this event with BSUK for the second year. Not only did we attract more teams this year, but that meant more funds were raised for the Pride Youth Games. Feedback on the day was so positive! Participants told us they enjoyed being part of a relaxed, fun event helping raise money to support LGBT young people get involved in sport. I think Manchester Softball League may have a couple of new players too! Roll on, 2017!"
The Manchester LGBT Charity Tournament has already gained a reputation for being a fun and social event, and this is what brings new players in and grips them. Players are excited for this tournament to come around each year, and were happy to see some new features this time, including the Beans & Books coffee van, manned by Manchester Thunder softballer Sian Payne, serving hot and cold drinks throughout the day.
Luis Arrevillagas said: "We work very closely with Pride Sports to make this tournament the best it can be. Last year six teams entered, this year it was nine teams, and for the LGBT Charity Tournament in 2017 we are hoping to host 12 teams for the event."