Hull baseball team calling for more people to join the sport

Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by KCFM

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The Hull Scorpions hope to reinstate the popularity of the sport by encouraging more people to take it up.

A Hull baseball group hope to encourage more people to join the sport to make it more popular in the region.

It’s as one of their young players is now seeking sponsorship to be able to afford to represent the UK in European baseball as there’s no funding locally.

Kevin McAdam, Chairman and Coach of the Hull Scorpions Baseball Club says it’s actually quite a well-played sport:

“A lot of people think, ‘Oh well, it’s only played in America’, but actually it’s played by 108 countries around the world, it’s one of the most massively participated sports; and actually for attendances, it’s probably the third highest attendance at the Olympics as well.”

He wants more recognition of the sport so players can afford to compete internationally:

“He’s effectively paying for his fare and his accommodation, that cost alone is £900. There is no funding available because it’s not an Olympic sport. So everybody’s got to fund their own way, so we’re basically just trying to get grants.”

Kevin hopes the sport will be included in the next Olympics:

“Great Britain selection for baseball is not an Olympic sport therefore it doesn’t get any funding. At the moment, baseball and softball are two sports that have been shortlisted for the 2020 Olympics to be voted back in. They used to be an Olympic sport and then, just before London came along, it was dropped.”

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Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by KCFM

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