Baseball comes to Breckland

18:14 01 May 2012

IT IS A sport which has spawned countless stock phrases for our daily life – ‘coming out of left field’, ‘stepping up to the plate’ and ‘touching base’ among them.

And now Breckland children will get the chance to try baseball for themselves with the Feltwell Redbacks.

The club, which is based at RAF Feltwell, is looking for youngsters between the ages of 14-16 to take part in the British Baseball Federation Pony League against teams across the south of England.

The Feltwell Redbacks are an expansion team for the Essex Redbacks Baseball Club, which was established in 2009 to include three senior teams and now, with the introduction of the Feltwell side, three junior teams.

Head coach Sean Kiefer, who works at the air force base, is confident that the offer of baseball to children in the region will provide an excellent chance to enhance local sporting opportunities.

“Last year there were two senior baseball teams in the local area, at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, with many of the players coming from the US,” he said.

“Being able to offer junior baseball gives some of the children of staff who are stationed at the air force bases a chance to play the sport that they would be playing back home, while reaching out to provide a new sport for local kids. We already have the ready-made facilities here, so this is a perfect opportunity to play baseball.”

There has already been good progress, with parents and coaches coming forward to volunteer their time to help develop the team, and over 15 juniors have been recruited to wear the Redbacks uniforms.

Traditionally, the Redbacks play in red jerseys, grey trousers, red socks and wear both a black cap and black belt, but the Feltwell Redbacks will play all in black apart from the socks and belt.

Kiefer is hopeful that along with quantity, the team can provide some quality during their debut season as well

“I think we already have a few very promising players who will be able to give the top guys a real challenge in some of the big matches,” he said. “We are looking to grow the team here to be able to compete with the best clubs in the country, and if we’re successful I fancy our chances of winning either the division or perhaps even the national title.”

Essex Redbacks youth officer Neil Hall added: “We are looking forward to the Feltwell Redbacks players joining our club and hope this will give the opportunity for girls and boys and their family members to enjoy basebal, make new friends and be a part of our community.”

For more information contact Sean Kiefer at: or 07769581498.


Other Thetford and Brandon sport

Tue, 18:42

Norwich City’s excellent start to the new season continued on Saturday when they recorded a third straight win.

Tue, 15:17
Norwich Dragons' player of the match Rachel King driving at the Bromley & Beckenham defence. Picture: SUBMITTED

Norwich City Ladies came out on top in a tough derby game against Norwich Dragons II to maintain their 100pc start in Division 1N.

Tue, 14:32
The hockey season is well under way.

Broadland scored a goal after just 20 seconds in their Premier Division match against Norwich City II and then went two up – but they eventually had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw.

Mon, 09:08
It was a good weekend for St Andrews.

St Andrews recovered from their cup defeat last week to overtake Acle at the top of the Premier Division.

Most Read

Mon, 09:08
It was a good weekend for St Andrews.

St Andrews recovered from their cup defeat last week to overtake Acle at the top of the Premier Division.

Read more
Premier Division
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Matt Blake scored for Norwich United against hometown club Thetford Town. Photo: Bill Smith

Thetford Town will be glad to see the back of Norwich United this season.

Read more
Mark Scott
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The presentation to Mr Jubb.

East Harling 6, Gressenhall 4

Read more
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thetford Rugby Club has a golden opportunity to celebrate - for it has been established for 50 years.

A 50th anniversary ball is being held on March 27 so any former members, supporters or Vice-Presidents interested in the event should contact Lisa or David Tanner on 07846 697928 for tickets.

Read more
The Eastern Shotokan Karate Association squad heading to Serbia for the 23rd SKDUN World Shotokan Karate Championships. Pictured, back row from left, are squad coach Jason Hitchings, Matthew Potter (15), Elliot Dronfield (15), Patrick Matthews (15), Joshua Spruce (16), Bailey Green (13), Nathan Bond (29); (middle) Max Clay (13), Alex Loombe (13), Molly Lambert (12), Blake Spencer (11), Teigan Forster (12), Shannon Marment (11), Max Threadwell (12); (front) Jadzia Molloy (11), Udon Leathersich (8), Arwen Stewart (10), Luca Occhionero (9) and Reegan Green (11).

Eighteen members of Sprowston-based martial arts club Eastern Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA) are travelling to Serbia this weekend.

Read more
United Kingdom

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 5°C

Digital Edition

Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition