Becoming a Rounders England Activator

Case Study for Sarah Harwood

Rounders Activators in Lancashire were needed as the lack of rounders provision in Blackburn and the surrounding area were becoming a problem.

Introduction to becoming a Rounders Activator

From the outset of the course I developed a passion for rounders that has not stopped since. I attended the course at Blackburn Community Sports Club after speaking to them about the lack of rounders provision in the area and they set me up with the course. I felt that I had the right tools to become an activator, being extremely determined and motivated and I wanted to make sure that rounders within my community was a success and that I understood the priorities form Rounders England.

The Outcome

I successfully became a Rounders Activator, one of the first in the Lancashire region. During my first session 25 women turned up which was an excellent return as I used mainly word of mouth to promote it. Since then I have organized both outdoor and indoor sessions for over the winter months. I have also set up a Facebook account which I can use to communicate with the other players and they can give me feedback on times and days of the new sessions instantly.

Impact / The difference that becoming a Rounders Activator has made

The fact that I am now a Rounders Activator and one of the only ones in my region means that I can help grow the game of rounders to more and more people. I have organised taster days for people who may not have been aware that there was a rounders base in their area or for whom the rules might have changed since they last played. My ladies have entered a charity rounders tournament and have taken part in a rounders rally. My ultimate goal is to start the first Darwen and Blackburn Rounders League.

Quote from team member Suzanne Wolstenholme

Sarah is a fantastic leader when providing rounders sessions. She welcomes anyone and straight away makes them feel welcome. Sarah encourages and motivates the group, making sessions extremely fun with her personality and ideas.”

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The only problem I have had was ending the sessions after 1 hour. Many of the ladies didn’t want to stop and so the sessions were increased to 1½ hours.

Sarah Harwood
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Rounders England is a non-profit sport’s governing body (NGB) in England.

Based in Sheffield it provides a structure for the sport from the Board, local deliverers and teams right the way through to individual members and volunteers.