18/04/12 Rounders England National star supports the launch of Return2Rounders
On Tuesday 17th April, Rounders England star Dana Abdulkarim attended the launch of a new rounders project, Return2Rounders at Ghosia Community Centre in Bolton.The launch was to kick off the new project which will encourage local women and girls to participate and become involved in rounders.
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) have joined forces with Rounders England, Bolton Council of Mosques and also Ghosia Community Youth Voice to provide targeted sessions for Muslim women and girls aged 16+ in particular, to have the opportunity to take part in rounders sessions. The launch of Return2 Rounders was a great success and 88 women signed up to be part of the project and attend local rounders sessions. The Return2Rounders initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls playing rounders on a weekly basis, with the hope to form a number of affiliated teams. BWCT with support from Rounders England will not only provide sessions and exit roots but also provide opportunities for the local women to be up skilled and developed into coaches and leaders to benefit their local community.
BWCT, Premier League 4Sport Manager Nicol Meredith will be running the project locally to support participation of women and girls and encourage them to support the sustainability of the 12 month project.
Dana Abdulkarim is the first Muslim women to play on the international stage and represent her country from such a level. Dana is a fantastic ambassador for rounders and represents Muslim women greatly. Her encouragement and enthusiasm really inspired the local women to take up the sport and get involved.
Dana said, “A fantastic turn out by the local women and some great talent spotted. I am very keen to return during the programme to support the women on their pathway in rounders.”
She further added: "Rounders England is an organisation that is open for all. Rounders is such a wonderful game religion is only a barrier if you make it, so so get out there and take this oppurtunity to start playing this fab new game"
Rounders England, North West Regional Rounders Officer Donna Vinten added “it was fantastic to see the girls who attended the Return2Rounders launch last night. It demonstrates the popularity and appeal of the sport to women in the area. This marks the beginning of a successful partnership between BWCT and Rounders England to ensure more people play rounders, more often through accessible initiatives such as Return2Rounders.”
For more details on the project contact project coordinator Nicol Meredith on 01204 673 790, alternatively email on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.roundersengland.co.uk for regular updates.