Basing Hill Ballpark (Phase 2)

by Herts Baseball Club in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th April 2022 we successfully raised £20,676 ( + est. £489.75 Gift Aid ) with 158 supporters in 28 days

Build a baseball playing field in Basing Hill Park for kids and adults to play baseball and softball and make the park even better.

by Herts Baseball Club in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

New stretch target

  • Purchase team benches
  • Purchase fabric net for batting practice
  • Refurbish and equip the park cafe with catering equipment
  • Purchase projector and screen for outdoor cinema
  • Purchase field equipment

Who we are

Herts Baseball Club is a non-profit organisation which was founded in Hemel Hempstead in 1996. The club is affiliated with the British Baseball Federation. Our teams play in the various tiers of Britain’s regional and national adult and youth baseball leagues providing the opportunity to play baseball to boys and girls aged 6 to 14 and men and women aged 14 to 60+. The club welcomes everyone, from complete beginners to advanced players, from those looking for casual play in a social environment to those looking to compete at the highest level. Herts players are frequently selected by the various Great Britain National Teams. The Club attracts a lot of media interest and is frequently featured on BBC and other television channels and radio stations.

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To meet growing demand, the club built a second baseball field at its Hemel Hempstead branch in 2009. This led to a period of rapid growth. The club has grown from 19 club members in 2004 to 200 members in 2021 becoming one of the largest baseball organisations in the country. 

History of baseball in Basing Hill Park

With so many kids and adults wanting to play baseball in NW London, the club decided to set up a branch there. Most playing fields were already taken by other sports. The only viable venue was Basing Hill Park but its playing field had deteriorated over many years. It was last used by football teams more than 15 years ago and the park cafe was abandoned. The field has been further damaged by local police using it to train their horses.

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Herts baseball teams started playing there in 2019. 

Phase One - Completed

In 2021 the club raised £21,413 through crowdfunding for the first phase of the project which aimed to re-grade, level and resurface the baseball playing field with new grass.

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Contractors were appointed in September and the work was completed in October.

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The new grass is progressing well and is expected to be ready for games in May 2022.

Phase Two is next

The club is now crowdfunding to install the baseball elements and bring baseball and softball into the heart of the community.

 What we will deliver

  • Install baseball backstop
  • Install infield perimeter fence
  • Install infield cut-out clay areas around the bases and the pitcher's mound

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(example of a baseball backstop and infield perimeter fence)

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(example of infield cutout clay areas around the bases and pitcher's mound)

Why it’s a great idea

Over the years the club has seen children and adults of all ages (6 to 60+), with diverse backgrounds, from low and high income families, male and female, from complete baseball beginners to advanced, join the club. Everyone plays.

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Growth in participation accelerated further after the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox came to play games at the London Stadium in 2019 in front of a 60,000 sellout crowd.  

Despite the poor state of the playing field and the Covid pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the number of enquiries from kids and adults in NW London continued to grow. In 2021 the club had 41 registered adult league members and 24 youth league members based at Basing Hill Park. This pushed the total number of club members up by 44% last year to 200 adult and youth players.

The community has rediscovered the important role which parks and outdoor sports play in our lives. This project will create a clean, safe and well run baseball venue. It will make Basing Hill Park even better and will bring people together in a Covid-secure environment.

Steps to get it done

  • April/May 2022: Install infield cut-out clay areas around the bases and the pitcher's mound
  • April/May 2022: Install the baseball backstop and infield perimeter fence
  • May 2022: Grand Opening of Basing Hill Ballpark with youth and adult baseball league games

 Track record of delivering large scale projects

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Herts Baseball Club has an excellent track record of delivering projects successfully in a professional manner, on time and within budget. We implemented an almost identical project in Hemel Hempstead in 2010 which led to rapid growth. 

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When the Basing Hill Ballpark project is realized, we aim to grow the programme and add value to the local community in the same way as we have been doing in Hemel Hempstead over the last 25 years.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£12 or more

16 of 20 claimed

Herts New Era 39THIRTY Stretch Baseball Cap

The RRP for this cap model is £15, but you can receive it with this £12 donation. This 39THIRTY stretch fit Herts baseball cap is by New Era - the official headwear of Major League Baseball. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£3 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Hand Sanitiser gel 70% alcohol 500ml w/pump

by Pristine Clean - hand sanitiser gel with pump dispenser, 500ml, 70% Alcohol. RRP £4.35. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£4 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2022 Herts Baseball Calendar

2022 calendar featuring Herts Baseball photos taken by photographer Tony Small. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£6 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Johnny Damon baseball card-slice of game used bat

Topps baseball card of Johnny Damon as a New York Yankee. Contains a slice of a game used bat. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead.

£6 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Mark Teixeira baseball card-slice of game used bat

Topps baseball card of Mark Teixeira as a Texas Ranger. Contains a slice of a game used bat. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead.

£6 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Phil Rizzuto - Hall of Fame inductee baseball card

Phil Rizzuto - 1994 Hall of Fame inductee baseball card. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead.

£9 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Nine Aces and a Joker - a book by Joe Gray

RRP £15. Author Joe Gray provides an engaging tale of the history of baseball in the UK, focusing on standout pitchers' defining seasons. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£9 or more

0 of 20 claimed

What about the Villa? - a book by Joe Gray

RRP £18.98. This book chronicles a fascinating chapter in British baseball and sporting history. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£12 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Herts Golf Umbrella

RRP £15. Black golf umbrella branded with the Herts logo. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£17 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Violin lesson

30-minute lesson from an experienced violin teacher who has performed in high-profile concerts in the UK and internationally. The lesson will take place at an NW2 address around the corner from Basing Hill Ballpark. RRP £25.

£19 or more

3 of 7 claimed

signed copy of "John Major: The Autobiography"

This rare signed copy of the book is "The most personal and revealing autobiography to date of any British Prime Minister". (Hardcover) RRP £27.99. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£20 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Social media promotional post for businesses

Promote your business by publishing a post with your branding/promotion on our club's social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) which will be viewed by Herts fans and other followers. Note: Branding and content must comply with club policy. Posts to be published before 1 November 2022.

£22 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Set of 6 Agility Hurdles

Pack of 6 high-quality 6 inch high speed training hurdles. The shatterproof agility hurdles, available in packs of 6, are designed to improve main sporting fundamentals in practice sessions. RRP £25.80. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £10 in additional donation box at checkout. We cannot ship overseas.

£29 or more

0 of 7 claimed

12" Louisville Slugger Genesis baseball glove

-Louisville Slugger 12" Youth Genesis 1884 Series Baseball Glove. (Brown/Black) -Top grade Buffalo leather palm -Louisville Slugger's series specifically designed for developing players -Game-ready ultra-soft materials utilized for improved playability -"X-trasoft" palm lining for improved comfort. -Lightweight nylon mesh back for easy closure. -for right-handed thrower RRP £34.99. Shipping charges not included.Can collect at the ballpark

£29 or more

1 of 3 claimed

11.5" Louisville Slugger Genesis baseball glove

-Louisville Slugger 11.5" Youth Genesis 1884 Series Baseball Glove. (Brown/Black) -Top grade Buffalo leather palm -Louisville Slugger's series specifically designed for developing players -Game-ready ultra-soft materials utilized for improved playability -"X-trasoft" palm lining for improved comfort -Lightweight nylon mesh back for easy closure -for right-handed thrower RRP £34.99. Shipping charges not included.Can collect at the ballpark

£49 or more

4 of 40 claimed

Under-11 Team Membership Package - 2022 season

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced baseball player, this membership package for boys and girls aged between 6 and 10 on 31 Aug 2022, will give you a chance to experience a full baseball season starting with Spring Training, playing in the Herts Youth Baseball League between May and July and culminating with the BBF National Championships in September. Note: This reward is valid only for the 2022 season. Uniform is not included.

£59 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Under-15 Team Membership Package - 2022 season

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced baseball player, this membership package for boys and girls aged 13 and 14 on 31 Aug 2022, will give you a chance to experience a full baseball season starting with Spring Training, playing in the Herts Youth Baseball League between May and July and culminating with the BBF National Championships in September. Note: This reward is valid only for the 2022 season. Uniform is not included.

£59 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Under-13 Team Membership Package - 2022 season

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced baseball player, this membership package for boys and girls aged 12 and 11 on 31 Aug 2022, will give you a chance to experience a full baseball season starting with Spring Training, playing in the Herts Youth Baseball League between May and July and culminating with the BBF National Championships in September. Note: This reward is valid only for the 2022 season. Uniform is not included.

£60 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Stanley Mirrored Sliding Wardrobe Door

Mirror silver sliding door with a white frame as part of Stanley Fitted Wardrobes. 762mm Width for an opening 2286mm high. Trackset will be added free of charge if you buy all 4 doors. RRP £80. Delivery not included. Collection only.

£79 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Henry Kissinger signed Fenway 100th anniversary ba

Rare Rawlings MLB baseball commemorating the 100th anniversary of the iconic Fenway Park signed by Henry Kissinger. Includes MLB certificate of authenticity. Comes with a separate UV protected ball holder which preserves the value of the memorabilia over a longer period. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £5

£88 or more

5 of 30 claimed

Adult team (Single-A) Membership (students 20%off)

This package has a 20% discount for full-time students and those on Universal Credit. Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced baseball player, this membership package for players aged 14 and over, will give you a chance to experience a full baseball season starting with Spring Training and playing in the BBF Single-A League between April and September. Note: This reward is valid only for the 2022 season. Uniform is not included.

£109 or more

22 of 99 claimed

Adult team (Single-A League) Membership Package

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced baseball player, this membership package for players aged 14 and over, will give you a chance to experience a full baseball season starting with Spring Training and playing in the BBF Single-A League between April and September. Note: This reward is valid only for the 2022 season. Uniform is not included.

£129 or more

15 of 30 claimed

Adult team (Triple-A League) Membership Package

This membership package for the more advanced players aged 14 and over, will give you a chance to experience a full baseball season starting with Spring Training and playing in the BBF Triple-A League between April and September. Note: This reward is valid only for the 2022 season. Uniform is not included.

£267 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Corporate Softball Day

Whether your company or organisation is looking for a social day for colleagues and their families or a team building event, it doesn't get better than a day at the ballpark playing an increasingly popular sport on a summer's day. This reward covers 1 team of around 10 players, but you can pledge several times if you want to bring more than 1 team. Each player will receive a free team shirt. Valid in 2022 only.

£340 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Game Day Advertising Banner - 2022 Season

Promote your business by displaying one 5m x 1m advertising banner on the perimeter fence during the 20+ adult and youth league games of the 2022 baseball season. The price includes the cost of printing the banner with your branding.

£900 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2022 Official Herts Youth Baseball League Sponsor

Official Sponsor of the Herts Youth Baseball League for the 2022 season. Sponsorship package includes: - official league sponsor status - advert on the club's website; - 5 adverts on social media; - Two 5m x 1m game day banners with your branding (only for games at Basing Hill Ballpark); - promotional photo opportunities

£1,200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2022 Official Team Sponsor - Herts Eagles

Official Sponsor of the Herts Londoners (BBF Single-A League) for the 2022 season. Sponsorship package includes: - official team sponsor status - your branding on the players' training shirts; - advert on the club's website; - 3 adverts on social media; - 5m x 1m game day banner with your branding; - promotional photo opportunities with the team and players

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2022 Official Team Sponsor - Herts Cardinals

Official Sponsor of the Herts Cardinals (BBF Triple-A League) for the 2022 season. Sponsorship package includes: - official team sponsor status - your branding on the players' training shirts; - advert on the club's website; - 3 adverts on social media; - 5m x 1m game day banner with your branding; - promotional photo opportunities with the team and players

£149 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jethro Tull autographed tambourine

Jethro Tull, classic British rock band, authenticated, autographed 8-inch tambourine, hand signed by vocalist and flute player Ian Anderson. In their 40-year career, Jethro Tull sold 60 million albums worldwide. Includes certificate of authenticity. Similar items usually sold in auctions and elsewhere at well above that price. Shipping charges not included. Reward can be collected at the ballpark.

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Autographed Ted Williams/Joe Dimaggio framed photo

14" x 12" framed photo of Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio holding their bats on the steps of the dugout, autographed by both baseball legends. Includes certificate of authenticity issued by Madison Sports Inc. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To ship to your address add shipping donation at checkout.

£399 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ichiro Suzuki autographed bat (authenticated)

Rawlings Big Stick baseball bat (black) signed by the legendary Ichiro. Includes an officially authenticated stamp. Similar bats signed by Ichiro currently retailing at between £445 and £1,137 on eBay. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To deliver to a UK address, please add £10 in additional donation box at checkout.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Trifon Ivanov's UEFA EURO 1996 #3 Bulgaria jersey

The official number 3 away jersey (red) from the UEFA EURO1996 of the legendary Bulgarian national football team player, the late Trifon Ivanov. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks - in NW London or in Hemel Hempstead. To ship to your address add shipping donation at checkout.

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Zlatko Yankov's jersey (BUL vs FRA 1994 FIFA WCQ)

The number 6 jersey worn by Zlatko Yankov in the 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, France vs Bulgaria, when Bulgaria shocked the world eliminating France from the 1994 World Cup with a goal in injury time. The jersey still has the mud from the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Shipping charge not included in the price. Reward can be collected at either of our two ballparks-in NW London or Hemel Hempstead. To deliver add shipping charge at checkout

£1,200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2022 Official Team Sponsor - Herts Londoners

Official Sponsor of the Herts Londoners (BBF Single-A League) for the 2022 season. Sponsorship package includes: - official team sponsor status - your branding on the players' training shirts; - advert on the club's website; - 3 adverts on social media; - 5m x 1m game day banner with your branding; - promotional photo opportunities with the team and players

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