Rounders England (RE), that stalwart champion of all things rounders-related, has launched a national rounders competition for a selection of specific school types, with the aim to both build team spirit and also challenge players in the highest levels of amateur competition.
Four competition categories
The events for independent schools will be taking place in May and June and are open specifically for girls in Year 8.
It forms part of RE’s competition strategy, which promotes the competitive aspects of rounders on a national scale to both broaden its appeal to players and encourage more rounders to be played.
Before the launch, research was first carried out exploring the motivations and goals of the games’ community. They found that an increased focus on competition was key to support the continued growth within the sport.
Dan Newton at Rounders England, said:
“The programme that we have developed is one which has two strands around team spirit and winning, and the social and fun aspects of rounders to complement the cross-generational, cross-gender game that embraces all abilities.”
According to Dan they’re not looking for the fittest or youngest, but simply those girls who want to go out onto the field and give it a go.
“Our competitions are aimed at children of all abilities and motivations who play our sport.
Not only will children come away from the day having had fun while keeping active, they’ll have developed their social and team-building skills and sharpened their rounders play.”
Dan Newton said they were hoping that as many schools as possible will take part in the challenge and send at least one team for the competition this year.
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