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Redbacks return to training

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:00 16 January 2014

Baseball squad begin countdown to 2014 season

Essex Redbacks members descended on Chelmer Valley High School for their first indoor baseball training session of the year last Friday.

Coaches Neil Hall, Sean Briscomb and manager Vince Warner put players throuugh their paces with a series of high-intensity drills.

Among the 20 players involved were three trying the sport for the first time and Redbacks, entering their fifth full season, estimate over 100 people have played senior baseball at the club.

More than 500 children have played for the junior teams or taken part in schools and youth group programmes and over 250 people have tried softball with the Redbacks.

Manager Warner said: “The club has been fantastic at uncovering new talent and providing opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to enjoy our great sports.

“This weekend was a terrific first training session of the year as we identify our strengths across the club in order to establish where we’re going to be most successful.”

Briscomb was delighted with the facilities at Chelmer Valley, as the club usued the sports hall for the first time.

He added: “The lighting in the sports hall is excellent, which is vital as we try to get our eyes trained, ready for picking baseballs out of the sky throughout the season.

“We’re very excited about the possible future partnership we can develop and hopefully we’ll be able to generate more junior baseball interest to complement our efforts from our long-term base in Forest Glade, Billericay.”

Redbacks will continue senior indoor training for players aged over 16 at Chelmer Valley for the next seven weeks on Fridays (8-10pm).

For more information contact secretary Sean Briscomb at sean@essexredbacks.com or 07877 580474

Junior training is set to return on Sunday February 9 at James Hornsby School, Laindon, for players aged four to 16.

Redback teams have gone close to national titles in recent years, while developing players for the senior sides.

For more information contact under-14 manager Richard Crabb at richard.crabb@yahoo.co.uk, visit the club website at www.essexredbacks.com or follow @essexredbacks on Twitter.

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