Rounders England launches national competition for independent schools

Rounders England has launched a national rounders competition for independent schools, designed to build team spirit and challenge players in the highest levels of amateur competition

The competitions are separated into the categories of primary, secondary and independent schools, as well as a series for universities. 

The events for independent schools take place in May and June and are open to Year 8 girls.

It forms part of Rounders England’s competition strategy, which promotes the competitive aspects of rounders on a national scale to both broaden its appeal to players and encourage more rounders to be played. Before the launch, research was first carried out exploring the motivations and goals of the rounders community. They found that an increased focus on competition was key to support the continued growth within the sport.

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Dan Newton at Rounders England, said: “The programme that we have developed is one which has two strands around team spirit and winning, and the social and fun aspects of rounders to complement the cross-generational, cross-gender game that embraces all abilities. You don’t have to be the fittest, the youngest or the most athletic. You just have to go out and play.

“The competitive nature of rounders and the people with a real passion for the game are the ingredient in its success. Rounders provides opportunities for people to take it seriously, compete to win and instil team spirit.

“Our competitions are aimed at children of all abilities and motivations who play our sport. Not only will children come away from the day having had fun while keeping active, they’ll have developed their social and team-building skills and sharpened their rounders play. We’re hoping as many schools as possible will rise to the challenge and take part in one, or more, of our competitions this year. There are so many benefits to rounders and we want to make sure they’re being shared far and wide.”

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