As the softball season nears its end, our two-charity team - Ambitious Response – has gone from strength to strength and triumphed through the first stage, making our way to the knock-out rounds. 

For the second year running, United Response paired up with Ambitious about Autism to enter the London Charity Softball League. The league began in 2003 with a simple aim of bringing third sector employees together to socialise and network. Since its inception, the league has grown to have 80 teams spread across 8 different leagues all competing against each other.

Out of those 80 teams, Ambitious Response is in the last 16, starting the route to the Cup Final, after coming second in our league by winning 6 out of 9 games. This is a huge progression since last season in which we had one win and one draw!

Gooooooo Ambitious Response! Wearing our new shirts sponsored by Blue Step Solutions

Staff morale

Overall, one thing has stood out – having a shared hobby between colleagues is great for morale; it really does improve your work life. You can find yourself speaking to others you might not have taken the time to before, and sharing an excitement and happiness both on and off the field (and probably in the pub after).

Not only that, but we also have a whole new set of friends by joining with another charity. These bonds have been strong for two seasons - last year we ended with an evening at Lucky Voice karaoke - and we have also welcomed new players from both charities this year.  

On the field

As a team, we have a great time playing softball together, which is reinforced when the other team interacts really well with you. We’ve come head to head with some brilliant teams and have even squeezed in a couple of friendly matches outside of the league. Who would turn down spending summer evenings playing a game you love with amazing people? And we have already been planning our end of season social – there’s talk of laser tag this year.

Our last game was against the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), and we knew in order to qualify that we had to win the game. We had colleagues come along to cheer, and everyone was in high spirits and enjoying the game. We won with a score of 11-7 without playing the last innings. 

Ambitious Response and NDCS

Our next game is this evening against The Allies – a team of 7 charities! They came first in their league and have won 8 out of 9 games. We have a tough match ahead but no matter what, I know we’ll enjoy it!

Why not check out United Response's vacancies? You could be part of a workforce as fun as this, and even join the softball team next year!

Sarah Riddlestone, fundraising assistant.