Junior Falcon Oliver Howley makes GB U-19s

Oliver Howley from Chichester Falcons Softball Club made the grade and was picked to play for Great Britain U-19s Men's Fastpitch Softball Team this year, following a successful trial at Nottingham last weekend.

Oliver (15), mixed in with other international hopefuls as the squad were put through their paces with a full day of practice at a training camp, followed by a tournament under the watchful eye of GB manager Ian Tomlin. The players were assessed on their throwing, catching, pitching and hitting as well as working on game situations.

After the tournament, each player was given individual feedback by Tomlin regarding their performance over the weekend, and were told whether they had made the GB squad for the year. Tomlin said, “We were very pleased with Oliver’s performance and as such we have included him in our squad. He will get the opportunity in the future to go to Paris as they have a second trip in March”.

Oliver Howley

Oliver can also look forward to representing his country in the European Championships in the Czech Republic and the World Championship in Canada next year.

Falcons coach David Morris said, “We are so proud of Oliver and delighted he has made the U-19s team at such a young age. He works so hard at practice, he is a fantastic role model for the other players and he has the support of his parents who drive him all over the place to play. It has been our goal to get a junior Falcon into the GB squad but we didn’t expect to achieve it so early, so a lot of credit can go to the coaching staff at the Falcons organisation.”