Raynes Park is full of great local businesses and if you have kids you will probably be most interested in the local business we feature in this blog, which is Raynes Park Little League.
If you are thinking of taking your loved ones to attend, then perhaps you need transport. Elite Car Service is the local private taxicab company to Raynes Park, and we will get you and your kids to Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Ground.
The Raynes Park Little League was formed in 1968 and ever since has been run at the idyllic rural setting of the Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Ground. The league has developed into one of the best leagues of its kind in the London area.
There are three different age groups for the league: The Bantams, The Juniors and The Seniors. Each group plays with a different number of players, seven, eight and eleven respectively.
Most games are played on a Saturday on one of the six pitches that are available at the Memorial Ground. Parents and managers can take advantage of the great canteen that is situated in the pavillion.
A man called Frank Adey was the driving force behind getting Raynes Park Little League off the ground. He played for Epsom Town, and he got the idea for a little league when he spent time in America.
Little League Baseball is so popular in the States, Frank decided to replicate it for football back home in England. In 1960’s Britain there were not many facilities for youth football and so he decided to do something about it.
The big difference about his concept for the little league was that the game would have to adapt to the children and not the other way around. So team numbers were limited and substitutions were compulsory, meaning all kids got a game.
One of the best things about this particular little league, is that there are no fees or subscriptions. Because of this, kids from poorer families have an opportunity to play football. Each game is played at home so there are no traveling expenses to away games, a secondary benefit of this is that Raynes Park Little League is a true part of the community and plays a big part in it.
Sir Joseph Hood was a Mayor of Wimbledon and a Member of Parliament and a benefactor of the local community.
The playing field is one of Merton’s thirteen Elite Sports Grounds, and is situated in Motspur Park. The park is nearly thirteen hectares in area and is dedicated to the community to play organised games and sports.
Why not pack the kids and all their kit into an Elite Car Service private hire cab next Saturday and go and check out exactly what the Raynes Park Little League is all about.