Baseball in Waltham Abbey began life back in 1981 through local resident Louis Courtney, who created a youth team and built the backstop which is still being used more than 35 years later!
In 1984 Phil Chesterton took over at the helm and formed the Essex Arrows Baseball Club. The team was named the Waltham Abbey Arrows and the club was affiliated to the British Baseball Federation (BBF).
We were called the Arrows because Waltham Abbey was reputed to be the last resting place of Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, who according to legend was killed by an Arrow in his eye at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Since 1984 the club has grown to two adult teams and one youth team.
The Arrows play in the National Baseball League (NBL), which is the top division in the UK, the Archers play in the single A division, and the Arrows youth programme is affiliated to the BBF Little League.
Since 1984 a number of Arrows players have represented Great Britain, with seven rostered players currently involved with the GB program.
With more than £40,000 invested in the club over the past five years, the Essex Arrows Baseball Club has one of the best baseball fields in the country, and has plans to develop its field further to accommodate corporate and event hire.
2014 saw the Essex Arrows Baseball Club celebrate 30 years affiliated to the BBF and what a year it was!
2018 Archers win top of their division and qualify for the semi-finals
2015 Arrows and Archers qualify for the post season
2015 Arrows travel to Belgium to represent the UK in the European Qualifiers
2014 Arrows win NBL League
2014 Arrows win National League Championship (British Champions!)
2011 Essex Atoms (Arrows Youth) formed
2010 Arrows join the National League
2009 Arrows have perfect 25-0 season, finish 3rd in AAA finals
2009 Archers reach 1st ever play-offs, finishing runners up in single A finals
2007 Finalists – Premier Division Final 4
2007 Frank Brady Cup Winners – London Tournament
2006 Semi-Finalists – Premier Division Final 4
2003 National League Champions (Pony League)
2002 Second Team (now known as the Archers) were re-formed
2001 Premier Division (old AAA division) Champions (Adult)
1999 Pony Team Formed
1994 National Division (South) Champions (Adult)
1987 Second Division Champions (Adult)
1985 Third Division Champions (promoted to Second Division) (Adult)
1984 started in Third Division (Adult)