North Harbour Softball Association had one of its most successful seasons to date. Seen significant growth in its membership, hosting and delivering several world class events including the Tradestaff Men's Softball World Cup.
In preparation for softballs international showpiece event, significant upgrades to the stadium were undertaken. These included irrigation systems, pitching mounds, and the full installation of fibre to the park.
2 new premier level turf diamonds have been installed further enhancing the parks status as a world class international stadium.
The association has introduced inclusive practices to enable participation. They have whole-heartedly embraced a Balance is Better approach, introduced school programmes and focussed on the Fastball 45 format allowing students new to the sport or unable to play for a club to experience and enjoy softball. Alongside its intermediate Fastball45 competition the association has added a new primary school slow pitch45 competition.
The association is reaping the rewards of its sustained community engagement efforts with 23 schools now involved in its programmes with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
North Harbour Softball Association is diversifying its business model and attracting organisations such as Watercare, Waitemata District Health Board, and council contracting companies in hiring its facilities to further enhance its revenue.
As host of the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup the North Harbour Softball Association and its wonderful network of volunteers, board, and administrators showcased the ability of softball in New Zealand to once again bat above its average highlighting the sport on the international stage.