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Major League Baseball – First Pitch

Major League Baseball (MLB) is focused on increasing awareness of baseball across the globe with the ultimate goal of making our sport a global passion. MLB First Pitch is a programme that offers fun and inclusive resources to spark an interest in physical activity, sport and the game of baseball through play and basic skill development.


The programme provides content orientation and training to upskill key stage 2 (KS2) teachers to support the development of children and young people’s health, wellbeing and wider skill and personal development. MLB First Pitch resources, along with an equipment pack, will be provided to aid the delivery of baseball-related activities in lesson time, as a mini festival or an informal competition. 

Are you interested in becoming one of the 20 new hub schools across the country this academic year?

The programme will look to address the challenges of:

  • Confidence and competence of teachers to deliver high quality PE for young people.
  • Tackling inactivity in young people and supporting their physical wellbeing and physical literacy development.
  • Engage parents, families and with local community clubs.

Expectations of hub schools

  • A hub school is responsible for recruiting 10-15 primary schools to sign up and access face-to-face MLB First Pitch teacher training.
  • Following the training you will support schools to deliver MLB First Pitch to a minimum of 350 pupils across the 10-15 schools who will report their reach through our data collection.

What support will successful schools receive from Youth Sport Trust?

  • Each hub school will have access to a face-to-face ‘MLB First Pitch Teacher Training’ CPD hosted locally for primary schools to attend.
  • Each school involved in the programme will receive a free copy of the MLB First Pitch resources and equipment to deliver MLB First Pitch in their school.
  • Programme Manager support from the YST Development Manager with responsibility for the Major League Baseball First Pitch programme.
  • Plus, support from BaseballSoftballUK to connect with a local junior baseball or softball club to help children transition between school and club environments and develop club/school links.