Updated: Sep 1, 2019
We are lovers of sport here at School Circle but especially sport that is inclusive to everyone and that can be played by people of all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities and that is exactly how the The UK Dodgeball Association describe dodgeball, a ‘Sport for All’.
Dodgeball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and the South West is starting to become a hotbed for new clubs. It is growing so much that it is now part of the School Games, a government led programme supported by Sport England designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people. Ofsted recently surveyed primary age school children to find out their favourite sports, while football came out on top, dodgeball came second!
In a nutshell dodgeball is a simple, fast paced game that can be played by anyone. Teams of mixed ability, gender and age are possible, and there are plenty of rule variations to keep your sessions fresh.
The aim of the game is to eliminate the opposing team by either hitting them with a ball or catching one of their throws. You have to keep your wits about you to land hits on opposing players whilst avoiding getting hit yourself. Each game only lasts 2 minutes, but after a couple of high-intensity matches, you will be getting one heck of a cardio workout!
We delighted to announce we have teamed up with James Robinson, the Head Coach at South West Dodgeball to support what we feel is a very inclusive, fast growing sport.
South West Dodgeball are the leading provider of youth dodgeball coaching in the South West of England, based in Avon, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. They run after school clubs, community clubs and organise the School Games in Wiltshire with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport as well as with WeSport in Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire. This fitted in perfectly with what we as a company want to promote, our social responsibility and we couldn’t be happier to sponsor the South West Dodgeball league for the 2019/20 season.
The School Games tournaments are always a lot of fun and a highlight of the South West Dodgeball calendar. James is certainly looking forward to the new academic year "The standard of play increases every year and those in year 5/6 at junior school are now progressing through to play in the secondary competition in year 8. We are looking forward to the new academic year where the qualifying rounds will begin again."
James also spoke about the upcoming season and how School Circles support will help "We are really excited for the new season, we have two clubs entering their first full competitive season which is very exciting. School Circles support shall be so valuable to the league, raising the profile of our sport and connecting us to a media team who can capture the highlights each round. Dodgeball in the south west region is growing rapidly, it is a very exciting time.
Good luck everyone!