Softball Australia has officially awarded all successful #BackOnBase grant applications after an extensive and thorough selection process.
The campaign was launched in August and aimed to encourage Clubs to apply for a grant ranging from AU$200 – AU$1,000, with $60,000 to be used for innovative participation and retention initiatives and saw an overwhelming response from Clubs across Australia.
“The response to the inaugural #BackOnBase campaign has been enormous,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.
“It was so encouraging to see the sheer volume of applications we received, but above all else, it shows us the softball community is willing to put the extra effort in to do what they can in growing the game.
“Not only was this campaign beneficial to Clubs, it also put us in the spotlight with the launch on national radio and over 260,000 impressions on social media over the course of two weeks.
“Seeing the softball community come together through sharing the initiative and joining our Zoom Q&A sessions was really encouraging for the sport.”
The committee to select successful applicants were able to award 98 Clubs either their full or a portion of their requested funds, over 70% of applications receiving a grant.
Standout applications included establishing a trainee program in the Northern Territory aimed to work in conjunction with Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPY) to train six Anangu young adults in scoring, umpiring, competition administration.
The traineeship also involves the young adults to work in other remote communities to deliver a softball program. At the end of the proposed traineeship the young adults will administer, umpire and score at the Finke competition.
Comprehensive Softball Batter Up programs received a grant including Maitland City Softball Club’s application who propose to build their junior participation program around hospitality options to not only keep potential junior members on the diamond with SBU drills, but create a welcoming environment aimed at getting their parents involved in the sport.
Melbourne University Softball Club centred their application around three aspects of a LGBTQ+ friendly ‘Come and Try’ event at the University of Melbourne campus. The proudly inclusive Club already has a high proportion of members in the LGBTQ+ community and are passionate about providing a safe and inclusive space for all women to play competitive sport.
They outlined their spend on pre-event advertising through social media posts, local radio advertisements, and posters and signage around their university, as well as giveaways at the University Clubs Day.
Other Clubs outlined local media spends and awareness campaigns including reaching out to their local radio and television stations, developing flyers for letter-box drops in their region and developing collateral to be displayed digitally in shopping centres, bus stops and myriad of other locations.
“The spread of different types of applications we received was really quite broad, and when all these Clubs use their grants to activate, we’re definitely going to make some noise for softball in local communities,” added Pryles.
“I’d like to congratulate all of our successful applicants and to those who missed out, definitely watch this space as we look to create more initiatives to help grow your Clubs.
“I look forward to seeing these initiatives come to life.”
The full list of successful applicants include:
|ACT||Boomerangs Softball Club|
|ACT||Evatt Eagles Softball Club|
|ACT||South Tuggeranong Softball Association|
|ACT||Fraser Falcons Softball Association|
|NSW||Forest Allambie softball club Inc|
|NSW||Blue Mountains Baseball and Softball Club|
|NSW||Newcastle Wolves Softball Club|
|NSW||Casino Softball Club|
|NSW||Greenway Giants Baseball and Softball Club|
|NSW||Maitland City Softball Club|
|NSW||Ingleburn RSL Softball Club|
|NSW||Camels United Softball Club|
|NSW||Cruisers Softball Club|
|NSW||Wahroonga Softball Club|
|NSW||Wolvettes Softball Club|
|NSW||Hornsby Wildcats Softball Club|
|NSW||Illawong Softball Club Inc.|
|NSW||Rouse Hill Rams Softball|
|NSW||Belmont Softball Club|
|NSW||Quakers Hill Pirates Softball Club|
|NSW||Eagles Softball Club|
|NSW||Glenmore Phantoms Softball Club|
|NSW||Endeavour Wave Softball Club|
|NSW||Strikers Softball Club|
|NSW||Saint Marys Saints Softball Club|
|NSW||Harrington Park Scorpions Softball Club|
|NSW||Wanderers Softball Club|
|NSW||Peninsula Softball Club|
|NT||Northern Territory Softball Association|
|QLD||Toowoomba Devils Softball Club|
|QLD||Taipans Sports Inc.|
|QLD||Bears Softball Club Inc|
|QLD||Lakers Softball Club|
|QLD||Across The Waves Softball Club (Bundaberg)|
|QLD||Outlaws Softball Club Inc.|
|QLD||Western Suburbs Softball inc|
|QLD||Bargara Bandits Softball Club inc|
|QLD||Saints Softball Club|
|QLD||Musketeers Softball Club|
|QLD||Tigers Softball Club Inc.|
|QLD||Redsox Softball Club|
|SA||NFA Pirates Softball Club Inc.|
|SA||Solly Cats Softball Club|
|SA||Bluejays Softball Club|
|SA||Road Runners Softball Club Inc|
|SA||Giants Softball Club Inc|
|SA||Checkmates Softball Club|
|SA||Port Adelaide Softball Club|
|SA||Southern Districts Softball Club|
|SA||Kangas Softball Club|
|SA||Sturt Softball Club|
|SA||Seacombe Softball Club|
|SA||Walkerville Softball Club|
|SA||West Torrens Softball Club|
|SA||Glenelg Rebels Softball Club Inc|
|TAS||Saints Softball Club|
|TAS||Batter Up T-Ball|
|TAS||Central Bears Softball Club|
|TAS||Launceston Batter Up Club|
|TAS||Storm Softball Club|
|TAS||Launceston Eagles Softball Club|
|VIC||Frankston Softball Association|
|VIC||Cheetahs Softball Club|
|VIC||Syndal Softball Club|
|VIC||Melbourne University Softball Club|
|VIC||West Coburg Softball Club Inc.|
|VIC||Bear Softball Club|
|VIC||Albury Comets Softball Club|
|VIC||Lilydale Ejays Softball Club Inc|
|VIC||Brandon Heights Softball Club (BHSC)|
|VIC||Hawks Fastpitch Softball Club|
|VIC||Hobsons Bay Pirates Softball Club|
|VIC||Kilsyth Diamond Softball Club|
|VIC||Berwick Braves Softball Club Inc.|
|VIC||Northvale Softball Club|
|VIC||Spartans Softball Club|
|VIC||Pandas Softball Club|
|VIC||Ocean Grove Softball Club|
|VIC||Red Devils Softball Club|
|VIC||Monash Magic Masters Softball Club|
|VIC||Eastern Raiders Softball Club Inc|
|VIC||Wingers Softball Club|
|VIC||Pinewood Rebels Softball Club INC|
|VIC||Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association|
|VIC||Hard Knox Masters Softball Inc.|
|WA||Leschenault Steelers Softball Club|
|WA||Suiside Fastpitch Club|
|WA||Fremantle Rebels Softball Club|
|WA||Bayswater Morley Monarchs|