School Baseball Program Announced in Northern Ireland
Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland (March 18, 2021) – The Baseball United Foundation and Healthy Kidz CIC have announced a partnership that will introduce baseball to schoolchildren throughout Northern Ireland.
Under the partnership, Baseball United will provide a curriculum and remote video instruction to prepare coaches to teach the game to children, ages 8-12. Baseball United will also send baseball equipment including bats, balls, gloves, and training supplies.
“We’re excited to pair our baseball knowledge with the top tier coaches in the Healthy Kidz program,” explained Baseball United Foundation Executive Director John Fitzgerald. “Great coaches are crucial to introducing a new game into a place where the sport is not traditionally played.”
“We think baseball will be very popular with the kids,” said Healthy Kidz CIC founder Paul Carville. “It’s new and it’s different, but we think the kids will love to try a sport that they might have not tried before.”
The Baseball United Foundation was founded in 2006 to support the development of amateur baseball programs in Ireland. Since then, the scope of Baseball United’s work has expanded throughout the world, but Ireland remains a special focus for the organization.
“Baseball United has been working in Ireland for nearly two decades and we are very excited to expand our efforts throughout Northern Ireland,” explained Chris Foy, the President of Baseball United’s Board of Directors, whose paternal grandmother and wife both hail from Derry. “Many of our board members and volunteers have Irish connections, through family, friends, and ancestry, so working with Healthy Kidz to introduce baseball to Irish schoolchildren is very important to our organization.”
Baseball United has supported youth baseball programs in Northern Ireland for several years, by providing baseball equipment to aspiring players in Belfast.
“Anytime more kids are able to play baseball, it’s good for the game and great for the kids,” added Terry Rosbotham, who co-founded the Baseball Academy of Northern Ireland with his wife, Heather. Rosbotham, who played for the Irish National Baseball Team and has organized youth teams in Belfast, continued: “We’re excited that more kids in Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to learn more about baseball and enjoy playing it with their friends.”
About the Baseball United Foundation
The Baseball United Foundation is a non-profit organization based in New York. Baseball United accomplishes its mission to “share the game of baseball,” by providing equipment, coaching, and financial assistance to youth baseball programs throughout the world. For more information, visit BaseballUnitedFoundation.org.
About Healthy Kidz CIC
Healthy Kidz is a leading provider of outsourced coaching services and edtech health and
wellbeing to primary schools throughout Northern Ireland. Since 2014, Healthy Kidz has
provided fun and engaging physical activity sessions, plus ground-breaking technology, focused
on improving physical, emotional, and general health. For more information, visit Healthy-Kidz.com.