Rounders Search for Lockdown Heroes and launches ‘Pass the Bat’
Sport has been just one area of life that has suffered at the hands of Covid this last 18 months. With restrictions in place many sporting communities, groups and organisations have had to be inventive to stay on top of their game. Rounders England searching for its lockdown heroes and to share stories of those that have gone above and beyond to stay untied through sport during the pandemic.
The National Governing body for rounders, Rounders England have 10 commemorative bats they are sending to stand out sports men and women and asking them to pass the bat around their communities to sign with messages of hope for the future. Once complete the bats will be given to be displayed in places of prominence in the rounders community as well as delivered to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Sport England.
“The bats are a symbol of hope” says Rounders England CEO, Natalie Justine-Dearn. “We wanted a way to mark the struggles of the last year or so, as well as celebrating the start of our communities reconnecting.”
Natalie and the team at Rounders HQ are also creating a book of the stories they collect called Rounders England Book of Memory and Hope, so everyone who submits a nomination will be honoured.
The community will also be able to nominate their sport heroes’ rounders, who have gone above and beyond, These will be celebrated by the community and rewarded with a new Rounders Community Champion trophy.
“We are looking for people who are actively trying to connect people through the pandemic using sport” continues Natalie. “It’s a challenge, everyone has been through so much, but that is what sport does best, isn’t it? Uniting people from all backgrounds.”
Signatures have already started with messages from Julia Bradbury of Countryfile, Sparky from Gemfm and Roisin from Free Radio, and Rounders England have made a further 10 bats in total are available and any group can submit an application to own one of the 10.
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Notes to Editors:
· Rounders England is a non-profit sport’s national governing body (NGB) in England.
· Rounders England provides a structure for the sport from the Board, local deliverers and teams right the way through to individual members and volunteers.
· It is responsible for the management and training of the England Squads and they work alongside the other home national governing bodies to provide competition opportunities.
· Consider one of the most accessible and inclusive sports in England.
· Rounders England provides a pathway, competitions and opportunities for aspiring players to progress to whatever level of play is right for them. In addition, we provide information about the game, run coaching and umpiring courses, sell resources and promote the sport at all levels.
· It is our mission to ‘Connect People through Rounders’ and get more people from any background playing rounders, more often.