Welcome to the website of Harlow's junior baseball team, Harlow Greensox.
To register your interest in Harlow Greensox, please visit the ‘Register’ page on our site.
The background to Harlow Greensox
Harlow Greensox, a baseball project and team primarily for youngsters aged 8 to 15, was the personal initiative of Mr Albert Hobdell, the former Chairman of Harlow Neighbourhood Watch who was made Honorary President of Greensox Baseball Club on January, 22nd 2012.
Harlow Neighbourhood Watch, like other Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the country, aims to harness the willingness of local people to act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community. This activity helps the police and other official bodies to minimise crime and anti-social activity. There’s more about Harlow Neighbourhood Watch on the ‘Harlow Neighbourhood Watch’ page on this website.
In addition to its members acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community, Harlow Neighbourhood Watch also aims to promote positive activities for young people in the town. So Harlow Neighbourhood Watch set up the ‘Harlow Baseball Project’, with the aim of getting young people in the area to learn and play baseball.
Help from Barclays Bank and Harlow Council
With very generous sponsorship from Barclays Bank ‘Spaces for Sports’ scheme (administered by the Football Foundation) has enabled us, in conjunction with Harlow Council, to mark out and lay a baseball pitch at Northbrooks Playing Fields, described by Baseball-Softball U.K. as one of the premier pitches for the sport in the U.K. Harlow Council has leased part of the ground to Harlow Neighbourhood Watch at no cost and with a partnership between Harlow Council, Harlow Neighbourhood Watch and Harlow Baseball Club, we intend to establish the Northbrooks Diamond as one of the premier baseball grounds in the country.
Baseball revived in Harlow in 2011
Harlow Neighbourhood Watch linked up with Southern Nationals, a premier league U.K. baseball team in 2011. We are pleased to announce that Southern Nationals have changed their name to Harlow Nationals for the 2012 season. Harlow Nationals home games are provided on the fixture page.
The re-launch of Harlow Greensox
We have everything now in place to build a new ‘Harlow Greensox’ team during the coming year, with the possibility of the Greensox entering league competitions next season. We have equipment, kit, finances, insurance, a child protection policy, everything we can think of to make for a successful relaunch of the Greensox.
Our projected programme this year (2013) is as follows:
We will be holding an indoor ‘Come and Try It’ half-day sessions to be held in one of our indoor sports centres. By the end of March, beginning of April we will begin to have these sessions out in the open and on the purpose built diamond (pitch) at Northbrooks Recreational Ground, Harberts Road, Harlow.
We are still requiring responsible adults to come forward and become Coaches. Again, we have our sponsors Barclays Bank to thank for the funding for this. We require a minimum of 8 adults to become Coaches and we will provide a FREE opportunity to be trained up toLevel 1 and Level 2 coaching standards. It’s a great opportunity for those who want to get a useful qualification under their belt.
Our Secretary Paul Wadley, who brings with him over 30 years of experience as a basketball player, coach and club organiser, is our co-ordinator for the Harlow Baseball Project.
For more information on the Harlow Greensox project, please visit the other pages on our website: ‘Coaching’, ‘Fixtures’ and ‘Register’.
Please direct all enquiries to Paul Wadley on Mobile 07843 912042. Or use the registration form to register your interest and Paul will contact you.