The Great Britain Women's Fastpitch Team Programme includes the following teams:

  • GB Senior Women's Team
  • GB Under-22 Women's Team
  • GB Under-18 Women's Team
  • GB Under-15 Women's Team
  • GB Cubs Under-13 Girls' Team


GB Senior Women's Fastpitch Team

GB Women players after Bronze Medal win at 2019 European Championship.

Founded: 1985. The team has played in European Championship competitions since the early 1990s.

Head Coach: Rachael Watkeys

Team Manager: Simon Mortimer

Assistant Coach: Liz Knight 

Hitting Coach: Linda Derk

Pitching Coach: Jessica Moore

Sports Therapist: Kim Hannessen

Current European Ranking: 3rd

Ranking at 2018 World Championship: 11th

Ranking at 2019 Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier:  2nd

Last Official Competition: The 2019 WBSC Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where the team reached the final but lost to Italy.

Next Official Competition:  The team has had to withdraw from the 2021 European Women's Championship due to the Covid pandemic.  The next European Women's Championship, a Qualifier for the group stage of the next WBSC Women's World Cup, will be played in Sant Boi, Spain from 24-30 July 2022.


GB Under-22 Women's Fastpitch Team

GB Under-22 Women's Team Player Andrea Johnson

Founded: 2018. The team played in its first European Under-22 Women's Championship in the year it was founded.

Head Coach: Johanna Malisani

Team Manager: Whitney Hollis

Hitting Coach: Gina Carbonatto

Pitching Coach: Windy Thees

Sports Therapist: Edwin Lam

Current European Ranking: 4th

Last Official Competition: The 2018 European Under-22 Women's Championship in Trnava, Slovakia, where the team lost to Ireland in the bronze medal game and finished fourth.

Next Official Competition:  The 2022 European Under-22 Women's Championship in Kunovice in the Czech Republic from 27 June-2 July.


GB Under-18 Women's Fastpitch Team

GB U-18 Women's Team Player Michelle Shaw.

Founded: 1997 (formerly the GB U-19 Women's Fastpitch Team)

Head Coach: Kathleen Laster

Team Manager: David Morris

Hitting Coach: Tara Tembey

Pitching Coach: Kate Mayfield

Assistant Coach: Alexis Markham-Hill

Sports Therapist: Sarah Cormack

Last Official Competition: The 2018 European Junior Championship in Staranzano, Italy, where the team finished sixth.  In 2016, the team had won the European Junior Championship in Sant Boi, Spain, going undefeated in 10 games to win Great Britain's first-ever European fastpitch gold medal at any age level.  In 2019 the team competed in the Futures Gold Division at the Canada Cup.

Next Official Competition: After 2018, this age group was changed from Under-19 to Under-18.  The team has had to withdraw from the 2021 European Under-18 Women's Championship due to the Covid pandemic.  The next European Championship for this age group is scheduled for 2023.
 

GB Under-15 Women's Fastpitch Team

GB Under-16 Women's Team Players

Founded: 2001 (formerly the GB Under-16 Women's Fastpitch Team)

Head Coach: Johanna Malisani

Associate Head Coach: Alexis Markham-Hill

Team Manager: Mary Murray

Assistant Coaches: Felicity West and Sian Wigington

Sports Therapist: Natasha Furnell

Current European Ranking: TBD

Last Official Competition: The 2017 European Cadette (Under-16) Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where the team finished fifth but was one game away from a medal.  The team was unable to compete in the 2019 European Cadette Championship due to a lack of available players.  This age group has now transitioned to Under-15.

Next Official Competition: The European Under-15 Women's Championship in 2022 (date TBD) in Enschede in The Netherlands.


GB Cubs Under-13 Girls' Fastpitch Team

Founded: 2004

Head Coach and Sports Therapist: Jodie Rushin

Team Manager: Julie Spittle

Assistant Coaches: Nadya Pavlova, Elysee Enness-Laporte

Pitching Coach: Dawne Edwards

Current European Ranking: 2nd (Sport Division)

Last Official Competition:  The Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy (formerly the European Minime Championships), held in Collecchio, Italy near Parma, in August 2019, where the team posted its best-ever result, winning the Silver Medal in the more competitive Sport Division.

Next Official Competition:  The 2021 Massimo Romeo Youth Tournament has been cancelled by Softball Europe because of the Covid pandemic.  The GB Cubs plan to attend the next edition in 2022. 

 

Tryout Information

Players based in the UK or overseas who wish to try out for one or more of the teams above should start the process by completing and submitting a Women's Fastpitch Athlete Application Form on this link:  https://forms.gle/zzkJSDNGy7nidobV7.

For trial and selection enquiries please email gbselections@britishsoftball.org.