Workplace Challenge Softball gets under way in Bristol

Tue 12 Sep 2017

Bristol became the latest area to offer softball as part of BSUK’s Workplace Challenge programme when six teams from local companies got together at the end of August to give softball a go.

Working in partnership with Wesport, the County Sports Partnership for the West of England area, teams gathered at the BAWA Sports Grounds in North Bristol to receive training and an introduction to the sport on 31 August, followed by a round-robin competition the following week on 7 September.


Training

During the first session, teams from Lloyds Banking Group, Close Brothers, Cadence Resourcing, Inside Asia Tours and two teams from the North Bristol NHS Trust were expertly guided by Activators from the Bristol Softball Association, and quickly picked up the skills of batting, catching, throwing and baserunning.

It soon became clear to the teams that the elements of communication, team work and collaboration involved in the sport were going to be crucial to their chances of success.


Competition

In Week Two of the programme, there was a round-robin competition among the six teams.  

Each and every team improved its performance over the course of the evening, with plenty of encouragement from colleagues.  Following some close and exciting games, it was the Lloyds Banking Group Horses that secured the overall title, going through their matches unbeaten.

Plans are already being drawn up to repeat the programme in March 2017, offering companies the chance to have another go, and hopefully forming a team to join the local softball league for the summer of 2018.

Comment

Chris Rawlings, Head of Development at BaseballSoftballUK, said: “This has been a great couple of weeks working with Wesport through the Workplace Challenge programme.  Softball, as a mixed team sport, offers something very different to companies, where colleagues from across their organisations can come together to have a go at something new.

“I am very grateful for the support and help of the Bristol Softball Association,” Chris added.  “Hopefully they may have attracted some players and even new teams for their league for next summer.”

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