Softball Victoria invests further in participation and club development resources

Softball Victoria invests further in participation and club development resources

Softball Victoria (SV) is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members, Danielle Rigg and Tim Hatzi, focusing on participation, growth and association/club development.

Following the departure of the previous Development Manager, SV reviewed the role and it’s impact on the community and found that increased grass-roots support was required within the Victorian softball community, to ensure the sport capitalises on opportunities to grow membership and participation.

Danielle Rigg has been employed to the newly created position of Regional Development Coordinator – East, concentrating on the Eastern and Southern suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne and supporting Albury Wodonga Softball Association.

Danielle was most recently employed as Development Coordinator for Knox & District Softball Association and has played a leading role in further developing the relationship between softball and School Sport Victoria, along with setting up KDSA for a sustainable approach to growing membership through establishing programs like Softball Batter Up and Fully Loaded Softball. Danielle is a passionate softball person with outstanding interpersonal skills and the drive to increase participation in Victoria and will play an integral role in growing the sport in her region. Danielle will be taking on this role three days per week starting on the 18th February 2020.

Current Softball Australia Club & Community Development Coordinator Tim Hatzi has been successfully seconded from Softball Australia for three days per week to fill the role of Regional Development Coordinator – West with Softball Victoria. Tim will provide support to associations and clubs in the Western suburbs of Melbourne including Geelong and Werribee, along with working closely with Northern District and Melbourne Softball Associations.

Tim has a long history in softball having been employed in the development area with Softball Australia for over 8 years. During this time Tim has been instrumental in delivering key projects including the HomePlate program and piloting wheelchair softball in Victoria. Tim is an expert in participation programs and supporting community organisations to deliver projects that have a direct impact at the grass roots level.

Softball Victoria is committed to providing opportunities to more and more Victorians to participate in fun, inclusive and flexible softball participation options across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and we look forward to seeing an immediate impact from the acquisition of Danielle and Tim in the near future.