Coaches needed for up­com­ing sea­son

Cambridge Edition - - WHAT’S ON - EMMA JAMES

Soft­ball has made a come­back in Cam­bridge, but par­ents and teach­ers are needed for it to con­tinue.

Wayne West got a suc­cess­ful team out of Cam­bridge High School last year, with four players mak­ing the Waikato Un­der 17 team.

Year 12 stu­dent Cody Makuch was one them, along with Ty­rone West (year 10), and two pick-up players from Ngaru­awahia High School, Sa­muel Hae­hae (year 10) and Bray­den Walker-Lo­gan (year 9).

But West wanted to open the sport up to all schools to get ju­niors in­volved.

He had vis­ited most schools in the area and had good feed­back.

‘‘But we’ll just need par­ents and teach­ers to be able to fa­cil­i­tate it, each team will need a coach,’’ he said, adding that volunteers wouldn’t need soft­ball knowl­edge to take up the chal­lenge.

They would be taught the basics and help would be avail­able.

Tom Voyle Park Sports Club, of which West is part of, was orig­i­nally a soft­ball club, but to keep the club go­ing it branched into net­ball and foot­ball, and now even had a car club.

‘‘If some of the schools can’t quite get enough players for one team, we can al­ways join them to­gether and make a team through the club,’’ he said.

West was the Can­ter­bury U17s and had been in­volved with the sport since he was in­ter­me­di­ate age.

He was now the coach of the Waikato U17s. Cam­bridge three years ago and spent a while look­ing for soft­ball clubs but Hamil­ton was the clos­est. Last year their son asked if they could be­gin their own team to en­cour­age the sport to reignite, and that was what started the col­lege team.

‘‘It was great hav­ing the col­lege grade team last year but it would be great to get younger peo­ple into the sport be­cause we have no one com­ing through from a young age at the mo­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘It would be awe­some if we could even­tu­ally build a skill set for these kids and then make some premier games.’’

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