Volunteering in Rounders laid the foundations for my career

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Rounders is my life, both on and off the field. There is so much I owe the sport; from my health and fitness, to my friendships and my career, however the path has not always been easy. I’ve put in a lot of hours and effort, along with the club founder, Sam Leaf, and we now have a club and a rounders family to be proud of. We continue to thrive, from the 9 women who joined in 2008, to the 40+ who registered in 2016. I am confident that the club will be embedded in the community for many, many years to come.

My personal achievements have come through the confidence that I have developed within the sport; I am treasurer of Horwich Rounders club and have helped secure a substantial amount this year in funding bids and a further £200 in sponsorship. I have networked and liaised with councillors and the mayor of Horwich, lobbying them when our playing fields have come under threat from housing plans. Our end of season presentation raised £481 which was diverted back into the club. In June this year, with the help of my club, I organised a race night in memory of our player Wendy Pelling, who sadly passed away in May. The event raised funds which contributed towards her funeral costs. In 2015 I formed a Couch25k group for my Rounders friends, I then went on to develop a Running 4 Mum running group and in May 2016 ran the Manchester 10k in memory of my mum, raising £1,200 for The Christie.

Below is a timeline of my life in Rounders!

Started playing rounders for Lostock Ladies in the Bolton Sports Federation Ladies Rounders League.



March – attended a Rounders UKCC Level 1 course.
Started volunteering by coaching the rounders team.
Became Lostock Ladies Section O Champions.



May – attended a Rounders UKCC Level 2 course.
September – started my career with Rounders England as Regional Rounders Officer.



Changed our team name to Horwich Town.
October – Team entered into their first winter league.
November – Joined the BSF Ladies Rounders League Committee, as Club Official.


Formed a second team and became the official Horwich Town Rounders Club.
January – promoted to Relationship Manager for Rounders England.
Gained my PETTLS tutoring qualification to deliver rounders coaching courses.
August – section M Champions and Horwich Shield Winners.
September – Dorothy Clarke Cup Winners.


January – became Programme Manager for Rounders England.
August – Rock FM Community Club of the Year 2014.
September – joined the Bolton Rounders Development Group.



March – became a Bolton Clubmark Inclusion Club.
Assisted another coach from the club to upskill to Level 2.
Section K Runners Up
Players selected to represent the district in the annual rounders tournament.
In partnership with the local mens Horwich hockey team we formed a women’s hockey team.


Horwich Town Rounders Club awarded satellite club funding and local council funding.
Assisted another coach from the club to upskill to Level 1.
April – Updated the clubs kit and designed new logo.
August – Runners Up Section I.
Players selected to represent in the annual rounders tournament.
September – awarded The Wendy Pelling Special Achievement Award.
– Coach of the Year finalist at Bolton Sports Awards.

My experience with Rounders started back in 2008 and has led me down a career path that I am wholly invested in.

Donna Vinten
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