Weʼve raised £0 to Help fund Oliver Howley's Softball season
- Chichester, United Kingdom
- Closed on Tuesday, 28th November 2017
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Olivers introduction to Softball was at "Go Active" which was run by Chichester District Council at Oaklands Park, Chichester every summer. This is where the public can go and tryout different sports.
It was at here that he met Chichester Falcons Coach David Morris. He joined Falcons as a junior player in the summer of 2015, just after his 14th birthday.
In spring 2016, he was asked if he wanted to play in the Great Britain Fastpitch League (GBFL) at Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex in Slough.
He was drafted into the Meteors team and at 15 stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the best Softball players in the UK. He rose to the occasion with great aplomb coming away with 3 hits and a walk having played centre-field. In his second "at bat" he got his first RBI (Run Batted In) for the teams first run of the season. His Captain alerted the GB U19 Coach and at the end of the season he was invited for weekend trials for the GB U19 squad in Nottingham, after which he was invited to join the Squad.
All this was before his 16th Birthday.
This has meant that he has been doing a lot of travelling to attend regular GB Squad Training Sessions in Coventry, GB Softball Academy sessions in Slough as well as playing in the GBFL in Slough.
Falcons coach David Morris said "Oliver works very hard at practice with us and is a great role model for the rest of our team" (Falcons Junior Team). "With his skills at a young age, he is naturally attracting interest from the GB Softball organisation - we look forward to supporting him."
In March 2017, he played in a pre season mixed tournament in Paris where he was voted MVP (most valuable player) by his team mates.
He is just coming to the end of his second GBFL season which has been just as successful as the first and has been rewarded by being selected for the European U19 Championships in Prague in July.
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