New youth baseball club starts up in Kent

Mon 20 May 2019

Players at a new youth baseball club that started at the end of March in the Herne Bay area of Kent, with support from BaseballSoftballUK will soon test their skills with some friendly games against neighbouring teams from Kent and Essex.

The Kent Crushers were founded earlier this year by Ross Pressnell, a qualified football coach who picked up a love of baseball from travelling each year to visit family in Canada. 

When Ross’s third son, Stanley, decided he wanted to play baseball instead of football last year, Ross took him and his youngest son, Sidney, to play at the Kent Knights Youth Baseball Club in Tonbridge, and they loved it.  But Tonbridge was a bit of a drive, so this year Ross decided to take the plunge and start a club nearer home.

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Around 15 players aged 5 to 11 – girls as well as boys -- have been attending Tuesday evening training sessions at Cherry Orchard Playing Field in Herne Bay, with Ross and another local enthusiast, Karl Smith, serving as coaches. 

BaseballSoftballUK has provided coaching resources in the form of drills and practice plans, and both men plan to attend BSUK coaching courses in future to enhance their baseball knowledge.

The club has also signed up for BaseballSoftballUK’s Junior Club Programme, which includes an equipment subsidy that has been key to helping the new venture get off the ground. 

Future plans are to form a committee over the next few months, with more parents taking on key roles.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 1 June, the Kent Crushers will play their first-ever games against the Kent Knights and a youth team from the Essex Redbacks.

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Ross Pressnell said, “I was little bit nervous when we started at the end of March, but we had around 12-15 kids turn up and have kept that number until now.  We’re able to provide a different kind of sport for local kids, and they all love it.  We can see that they feel relaxed and are just enjoying themselves, which is what I want. 

“The Kent Mariners and Kent Knights have been a big help,” Ross added, “along with BaseballSoftballUK.  The group are coming along well and are developing their skills.  I’m looking forward to a great season and lots of happy kids!”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Kent Crushers should contact Ross Presnell

If you are interested in more information about the Junior Club Development Programme, please contact Chris Rawlings at BaseballSoftballUK.

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