Falcons fly into action for new softball season


Chichester Falcons Softball Club are enjoying a busy pre-season both on and off the field.

Forced to relocate because of work linked to Chichester Festival Theatre, the Falcons have secured a home field at the Fishbourne Centre in Blackboy Lane for their league matches, while continuing to train at Oaklands Park in the city.

Next up in March was the annual indoor tournament in Portsmouth in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust. This popular event features teams from Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester and Brighton.

The rapidly-growing stature of the Falcons enabled them to field two teams and they enjoyed a successful day with the two sides coming in third and fourth respectively, bringing another hard-earned trophy back to Chichester.

Softball continues this weekend as the Falcons host the first Chichester charity softball tournament, into which local businesses and organisations can enter a team. This is in aid of Chichester-based charity Children on the Edge.

There are still spaces available for any teams who wish to enter – details and entry forms can be found at www.charitysoftball.co.uk

The tournament - on Sunday, April 14 - is set to be an entertaining day out for players and spectators, with music, sideshow games, raffles and food.

The emphasis is on having fun and getting colleagues and associates outside playing together, so no softball experience is necessary.

The tournament already includes teams representing Chichester College, West Sussex Fire & Rescue and several other local organisations.

The Falcons began their spring training yesterday evening. Any players who wish to try softball and join the Falcons should email chichesterfalcons@gmail.com or visit www.chichesterfalcons.com

(Pictured at the Tom Prince tournament are - back row L-R: Ilse van Roessel, Emma Brown, Max Hookway, Jim Kelly, Ben Sawkins, James Wheeler, Dave Morris, James Clarke, Hanna Weigand, Lee Brown, Vicki Cathie, Ian Coleman; Front row L-R: Lise van Genuchten, Clive Janes, Belinda Cheetham, Emma Kidd, Matt Tebb, Amelia Peachment, Geoff Lewis. Not pictured: Harsha Desai)