Winchester’s rounders success story

Winchester has been recognised as one of the top-performing parts of the country for participation in rounders – and there is still chance for more people to get involved.

Winchester City Council’s partnership with Rounders England is nearing the end of its second year this month and the district has achieved some impressive results, such as being listed in the top ten local authorities for rounders participation.

And there are still plenty of opportunities planned for more people to get involved.

For the last year work has focused on recreational involvement with more people playing rounders regularly. One major project is ladies-only sessions that have been increasing in popularity for over a year.

Whilst flooding and bad weather stopped most sports in the winter period, rounders has been carrying on as normal indoors with weekly participation numbers at an all-time high. In the spring and summer the sessions will move to North Walls Recreation Ground – and everyone is welcome.

The City Council is also working closely on college and school activity and staff will be visiting a number of local secondary schools and colleges to link new rounders work to the level 3 school games.

Ingrid Martin, Ladies Rounders Group participant, said:

Winchester Ladies Rounders on Thursday evenings is a always a great event, especially as the winter indoor sessions mean we can play all year round and playing rounders indoors brings a different dimension to the game. Playing indoors also allows us a chance to get to know each other and have a laugh together. Come and join us. You have no idea what you are missing! We are a mixed group of all ages and abilities. The only common factor is we like rounders.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibilities for sport, said:

We are really pleased that we have an enduring partnership with Rounders England and the sport has been well-received. They have provided fantastic support, coupled with financial contributions, to help us kick-start this sport locally. Now our work will look at ensuring this great activity is made sustainable across the district.

Currently ladies-only sessions take place from 8pm to 9pm at River Park Leisure Centre and cost £1 per session. For more information or to book a place e-mail or call 01962 848532.