Baseball club hunts for new ground

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 September 2016

The baseball teams looking for a new home in North Somerset.

The baseball teams looking for a new home in North Somerset.

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A baseball club in Failand is looking for a new home ready to start the next season.

Bristol Baseball Club, had been training at QEH sports ground in Clevedon Road, but it has had to leave as the area is being redeveloped.

The club, which comprises of 40 members from Portishead, Clevedon, Weston, Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham, is now without a home.

Richard Evans, volunteer director with the club, said: “We are looking for an area roughly the size of two football pitches, so if any rugby or football clubs have space for a baseball field during the summer we’d be delighted to hear from them.

“Our season runs from April until the end of August or the beginning of September and training starts again in January.”

The club was set up in 2008 and runs two teams – the Bristol Badgers and the Bristol Bats – in the South West Baseball League.

It is the only baseball club in the area and members are aged 16 and up, although the directors are keen to set up a junior section soon.

The teams train on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and matches are on Sundays.

Richard added: “Anybody who is interested in playing can come along – whether they’ve played before or are totally new to the sport.

“We provide the gloves, helmets and bats. It’s a good, fun game.

“The season has finished for us now, so we are out of our former ground and looking for a new one.

“We would like to find the space to build a permanent diamond, but the difficulty is we would need quite a big area and it’s still a minority sport in this country.”

Anyone who can offer the club a new home can contact members at 
www.bristolbaseball.co.uk or alternatively email info@bristolbaseball.co.uk

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