Brighton Baseball Club - Field of Dreams challenge

by Matt Locke in Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Total raised £9,474

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £83.75
£10,000 target 26 days left
94% 69 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 17th June 2024 at 10:48am

It's the 60th anniversary of Brighton Baseball at Waterhall - to celebrate, we need your help to build our Field Of Dreams!

by Matt Locke in Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Who are we?

Brighton Baseball Club was founded in 1962 and started playing at our Waterhall diamond in 1964. As one of the longest established baseball clubs in the UK, we've been developing the sport at adult and youth level for over 60 years! Our adult teams have competed at every level, from Single A through to winning the National Baseball League (NBL) in 2002.

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(Brighton Buccaneers NBL winning team in 2002)

In 2016, Brighton Baseball was very proud to launch a brand new youth league for boys and girls aged 6-14.  The youth teams have had considerable success, including multiple national trophy wins.  Many of our young players have represented their country, playing for GB Baseball in international tournaments. Brighton Baseball youth players have been selected for the national team to compete in the most recent U12, U15, and U18 European tournaments. 

Over the last 5 years we've continued to grow, becoming a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) to help us achieve our charitable aims to grow participation in sport. In 2024 we will have two teams in the BBF AA leagues, one team in the A League, and a growing youth programme from U11 to U18s. With Major League Baseball playing regular season games in London, baseball is growing rapidly in the UK, and we want to help encourage more people to play this fantastic, accessible sport. To quote the famous line from the movie Field Of Dreams - if we build it, they will come!

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(Our Adult Single A team enjoying the sun at Waterhall in 2023)

Why are we crowdfunding?

Like all minority sports in the UK, Baseball needs great infrastructure to grow. Thanks to previous investment in the 1990s, we've got the potential to be one of the best equipped diamonds in the UK, and to create a hub to grow the sport at adult and youth level around the South East.

To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, we want to invest in our adult and youth baseball diamonds, making them a real 'Field Of Dreams' for the sport in the UK. Last year we raised a small amount of money to rebuild the foundations of our adult diamond - this year we want to do the same with our youth diamond, batting nets and home run fences. This will help us support even more players at practises and games, and provide infrastructure to host events for local schools, youth projects and the UK baseball community.

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(rebuilding our adult diamond pitchers mound and home plate in 2023)

How we’ll spend the money raised

Our target is raise £10,000 to make our Field Of Dreams a reality. This funding will cover:

1 - £2000 to help us rebuild our youth diamond, including the pitchers mound and home plate, to make it a better, safer and longer lasting facility for youth baseball in the South East
2 - £1500 to repair our batting nets and bull pens so we can provide high quality training for everyone who wants to join our sport
3 - £6500 to buy and Install Grand Slam Home Run fences in both adult and youth diamonds to make it safer for outfielders going for that highlight-reel catch, or for batters hitting over the fences!

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(The next generation of Brighton Baseball!)

Community impact

Our diamond is part of a growing multi-sports facility at Waterhall, together with Brighton Rugby Club and the 3G multi-sports pitch. We all share the same ambition - to make Waterhall an accessible facility for anyone wanting to play sports and improve their physical and mental health.

As part of the legacy of the MLB London Series, the the BBF and BSUK (the national bodies for baseball and softball in the UK) are launching schemes to encourage more schools to play these exciting, accessible sports in PE lessons. With your support, we'll be able to support local schools with fun  events and taster sessions on our diamonds. We're also working with the BBF and BSUK to host coaching clinics and training sessions for the wider south-east baseball community at Waterhall.

How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£500 or more

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Corporate Softball/Baseball event!

Looking for something different for your team awayday? We will design and host a half day introduction to Softball or Baseball at our lovely Waterhall diamond overlooking the South Downs. We will provide all the equipment and coaching for the event, and work with you to design a fun and engaging team building event. We can also connect you with the Rugby Club to provide food and drinks for your team if required.

£4 or more

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£5 voucher for baseballandsoftball.co.uk!

Baseballandsoftball.co.uk is one of the UK's biggest and best baseball and softball retailers, and they do a lot to support UK baseball teams. They've kindly given us 5 x £5 vouchers for their online store - perfect if you're getting equipment for the new season! The vouchers can be used for any purchase over £40, and are valid till March 2028.

£10 or more

Field of Dreams Supporter!

Thank you for supporting our Field of Dreams campaign!

£10 or more

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10% off at Holly Swain's Etsy store!

Holly Swain is a Brighton based illustrator and maker who's gorgeous cards and gifts are a regular feature of Open Houses and Craft Fairs across the south coast. We've got 5 discount codes for 10% off any order over £20 at her Etsy Store. Voucher is valid until 31st Dec 2024.

£15 or more

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Enjoy a Pizza at Fatto a Mano!

We love the pizzas at Fatto a Mano, and they've kindly given us 5 vouchers for a pizza of your choice! So not only are you helping us raise money, you get a lovely PIZZA as well! We've only got five rewards with this voucher, and we expect them to go quickly, so don't wait around! Vouchers valid for restaurants or takeaway until 30 November 2024.

£25 or more

Brighton Baseball 60th Anniversary t-shirt

We're producing a special 60th anniversary Brighton Baseball t-shirt only available to our Crowdfunder supporters! Price includes shipping to the UK only - we'll contact you with costs if you need shipping outside the UK.

£40 or more

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£50 Lastminute.com vouchers

We've got two £50 vouchers for a hotel or hotel+flight booking at Lastminute.com up for grabs! The vouchers are valid until 30 April 2025, so it's perfect for a summer or winter getaway!

£45 or more

Discounted Adult Bronze Membership!

It doesn't matter if you'd played baseball before - everyone is welcome to join Brighton Baseball Club! This bronze membership gives you access to all our adult training sessions for the 2024 season, at a £25 discount to our usual rates! Membership includes loan of club equipment for practices/games, but does not include uniform or other apparel. Additional fees may be charged by the sport's national bodies for some events.

£50 or more

Brighton Baseball 60th Anniversary hoodie

We're producing a special 60th anniversary Brighton Baseball hoodie only available to our Crowfunder supporters! Proce includes shipping to the UK only - we'll contact you with costs if you need shipping outside the UK.

£65 or more

Discounted Youth Membership!

It doesn't matter if you'd played baseball before - everyone is welcome to join Brighton Baseball Club! This youth membership gives you access to all our youth training and games for the 2024 season, at a £25 discount to our usual rates! Membership includes loan of club equipment for practices/games, but does not include uniform or other apparel. Additional fees may be charged by the sport's national bodies for some events.

£65 or more

Discounted Adult Silver Membership!

It doesn't matter if you'd played baseball before - everyone is welcome to join Brighton Baseball Club! This silver membership gives you access to all our adult training and up to half of the games for the 2024 season, at a £25 discount to our usual rates! Membership includes loan of club equipment for practices/games, but does not include uniform or other apparel. Additional fees may be charged by the sport's national bodies for some events.

£95 or more

Discounted Adult Gold Membership!

It doesn't matter if you'd played baseball before - everyone is welcome to join Brighton Baseball Club! This gold membership gives you access to all our adult training and games for the 2024 season, at a £25 discount to our usual rates! Membership includes loan of club equipment for practices/games, but does not include uniform or other apparel. Additional fees may be charged by the sport's national bodies for some events.

£250 or more

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Discounted Marketing workshop with Storythings!

Storythings.com is a leading content agency based in Brighton, helping global clients like Lenovo, Experian, Southbank Centre, Tate and The Rockefeller Foundation. This reward will give you a bespoke 2 hour workshop with Matt Locke from Storythings, to help your marketing/content strategy (via remote call, or in person if you're up to 2 hours from Brighton). These workshops usually cost £1000, so you're getting it for a quarter of the price!

£1,000 or more

Sponsor our diamond!

Are you a company wanting to reach the thousands of people who visit Waterhall all year round? We're offering 5 advertising hoardings along our newly refurbished diamond to sponsors who can help us achieve our field of dreams! We'll work with you to design the advert, and then credit you on our website and social media for the whole of the 2024 season.

£15 or more

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£20 voucher for Modelo Lounge in Hove!

We love Modelo Lounge in Hove (the tapas boards and churros are highly recommended!) and they've kindly given us a £20 voucher valid at any restaurant in the Lounges group across the UK. There's only one voucher available, so you'd better be quick! Voucher for a meal at any Lounges restaurant. Valid until 16th March 2025.

£20 or more

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Two Tickets for Duke of York's Picturehouse Cinema

We've got two tickets for any film screening at the beautiful Duke of York's Cinema in Brighton, part of the Picturehouse chain. This reward is for two tickets, valid for any film or showing.

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