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Essex Redbacks Baseball & Softball have confirmed a new partnership with local US-themed restaurant Roadhouse The Diner, just a short drive from the club’s Forest Glade ground.

Over the past couple of months, the restaurant has also been selling Big League Chew gum on behalf of the club, raising over £50 towards the club’s backstop developments.

The partnership was established by Redbacks stalwart Jamie Cairns, who set up the Little Redbacks programme in 2012 to provide a platform for players under the age of 10 to start playing baseball.

Inspired by some of the great local community work the Diner already undertook, including providing meals and shelter for homeless people over Christmas, Cairns got in touch to find out how the club could work with the restaurant.

He said: “As the club continues to grow we’re looking for new partners throughout the local community to help support us and improve the quality of what we can offer to members.

“With the partnership with Roadhouse The Diner we now have a partnership with a fantastic restaurant where we can go after training and matches and for social occasions throughout the year, offering great American-style food at superb value.

“It’ll really make us come together like a proper ball-club.”

Club fixtures and events will be displayed on boards outside the Diner on the A127, with staff set to wear the Redbacks ‘kickin’-Rs’ caps.

Last Sunday, Cairns and son Freddie, as well as youth coaches Sean Briscomb and Richard Crabb, visited the restaurant to present a youth playing jersey from the Forest Glade Redbacks Broncos 2013 team, who were runners-up in the National Final in September.

This winter the youth teams have already started preparing to go one step further, with another 20 youngsters out in force hitting against the club’s top quality pitching machines and mastering throwing and catching under the watchful instruction of Briscomb, Crabb and 2014 Little Redbacks manager Graham Meikle.

Crabb, who once again leads the Bronco/under-13 side, said: “I’m impressed by their attitude to succeed at both such an early stage of the season and so young a stage in their careers.

“Their enthusiasm is infectious and if the boys and girls can come out all guns blazing when we start our campaign in mid-April, then there’s nothing that can stand in the way of our quest for silverware.”

Training continues for junior players aged 4-16 at James Hornsby School in Laindon on Sunday March 2 and 9 (2-4pm) and for senior players (aged 16 and older) at Chelmer Valley High School on Fridays (8-10pm).

Anyone interested in getting involved with Redbacks as a player or through volunteering, officiating or sponsorship opportunities, can contact club secretary Sean Briscomb at: sean@essexredbacks.com or visit the website at: www.essexredbacks.com.

Stay up to date with all the goings-on at the Redbacks via @essexredbacks on Twitter.

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