IT’S A sport that embraces all ages, abilities and both sexes – so Mossley Mayhem Softball Club say why not give it a go?
Tameside’s only softball club, formed in 2008, is looking to expand so is making an appeal for members as its seventh season is about to get under way this month.
The club, that is based at Mossley Hollins School, currently fields two teams in the Manchester Softball League, but would like that number to grow.
Chair Peter Wilkinson describes softball as a cross between rounders and baseball, but with a “soft” throw unlike baseball. Teams comprise 10 players – five men and five women.
Peter, who is still playing aged 69, joked: “I am still just about managing to run between the bases.
“We have 40 members from the minimum age of 14 up to people in their sixties. It is a great way to make new friends and get stronger and fitter, particularly over the summer months. There is also an indoor league that takes place through the winter.
“We fielded three teams in the league last summer but, because of players retiring or moving, it is only two this season which is why we are keen to recruit new players. We also have one side in the winter indoor league.”
Peter added soft ball is ideal for more experiences players who have participated in other hitting and catching sports such as rounders and cricket.
He says the majority of the players are from Carrbrook, Mossley and Saddleworth with a couple of pupils recruited from Saddleworth School.
The new season begins in the first week in May and runs for 16 weeks.
Pre-season practice sessions are:
When: Wednesdays until April 19
Venue: Mossley Hollins School Astro Pitch, Huddersfield Rd, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 9DP
When: Tuesdays until April 11 and Wednesday, April 26
Venue: St Damien’s School Astro Pitch, Lees Road, Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 8BH
All equipment will be provided. The first session is free for new players and each subsequent one £3 per player.
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