Farnham Park closes until at least 30 April

Wed 18 Mar 2020

BaseballSoftballUK has announced that in light of the ongoing effects of the coronavirus epidemic and following the government’s latest advice, all of its national programmes and events will be suspended, and Farnham Park will be closed, until at least 30 April.

This decision will also affect events being run independently at the Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex, including training sessions, and the Home Plate Bar and Kitchen clubhouse is also now shut.


Suspended events

The list of baseball and softball programmes and events across the UK run by BaseballSoftballUK that have been suspended until at least 30 April 2020 includes the following:

  • All Academy and High Performance Academy sessions, including Closing Day and testing in various locations.
  • Indoor Softball Leagues in Manchester and London.
  • All regional University Baseball and Softball Leagues and activity in various locations.
  • The Slowpitch Softball Academy scheduled for 21 March at Farnham Park.
  • The Manchester Indoor Softball Single-Sex Tournament scheduled for 21 March at FIVES Trafford.
  • The Slowpitch Pitching Clinic scheduled for 22 March at Farnham Park.
  • The National University Softball Championship scheduled for 28-29 March at Farnham Park.
  • North West Series 1 (Rec and Comp) scheduled for 18-19 April in Manchester.
  • The National University Baseball Championship scheduled for 25-26 April at Farnham Park.

The closure of Farnham Park until at least 30 April means that the following softball events are also suspended:

  • The Great Britain Fastpitch League Opening Day on 4 April.
  • The GB Challenge Tournament on 18 April.
  • The GB Slowpitch Open on 19 April.

BASU has also cancelled all courses and activities until further notice, which means the cancellation of two-day Qualifying Courses on the island of Jersey on 4-5 April and in Bristol on 18-19 April.

For the status of events on the BSF website Calendar (http://www.britishsoftball.org/events) being run by leagues or other organisations at locations other than Farnham Park between now and 30 April or beyond, please contact the Event Organiser.


Statement

A statement from BaseballSoftballUK issued on 17 March said: “We appreciate this will cause disappointment for our playing community.  However, we have taken this decision in line with government advice in order to prioritise members’ safety and that of our staff and coaches.

“We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will keep you fully updated of all changes as they occur.  Please follow BaseballSoftballUK on social media and check our website for any updates.

“During the coming days, our staff will be in contact with athletes and/or event organisers to discuss next steps.  If you have any questions or concerns about a specific BSUK-run programme or event, please contact your BaseballSoftballUK Event Organiser/Lead in the first instance.

“Thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented and challenging times.  We will work to resume baseball and softball activities as soon as we are able to do so safely.”


Information

Information from Sport England on staying physically active during a time of lockdown and self-isolation can be found here: https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home.

Government advice on Covid-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

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