NOW in their sixth season, Horsham Baseball Club are still growing and they’re hosting an Open Day today for any youngsters who want to become part of one of the most succesful junior baseball teams in Europe.
Head coach and former player Robert Burnie, who moved from America to Horsham, set up the club in an attempt to help his young daughter settle in. Little did he know, six years later there would be nearly 300 kids taking part.
Burnie said: “Baseball is a really exciting sport, and here at Horsham we make it really fun for all the children, with music during intervals, and entertainment throughout.
“We introduce all the players who play on the Saturday the same way the professionals are introduced in Major League Baseball, and they really enjoy it. They have talked to their friends about it, and that’s helped us to really grow.”
It’s not just the children from Horsham who are a part of the club, with children travelling from as far away as Milton Keynes and the Midlands to be a part of the biggest and best junior baseball team in the UK.
The Open Day will include the first five matches of the league that is run by Horsham, as well as lots of entertainment, including a BBQ and the annual Home Run Derby. It takes place at Ingfield Manor School from 10am and Burnie is hopeful lots of people will go down and enjoy the day.
He added: “We want to introduce as many people as possible to baseball so we’re holding the Open Day to make people aware of how enjoyable the sport is.”
It’s not just the Open Day where kids can be introduced to baseball as the club hold regular training sessions for anyone to attend.
“We hold what we call a pay and play session every Monday to Thursday from 6pm until 7;30pm, but you don’t have to pay if you don’t want to, you can just come along and learn more about what really is a fantastic and rewarding sport,” said Burnie.