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Case Studies

Below are a number of case studies from local areas who have held recent Dodgeball competitions around the UK. If you have held something similar and would like to see a write up of the event on this page please get in touch.

Bishop Challoner SSP Dodgeball Competition

Bishop Challoner School Sports Partnership in Birmingham recently organised a dodgeball competition for 10 teams of boys aged 11-13 from local secondary schools. The competition was hosted at Wheelers Lane Technology College Sports Hall and featured teams from Baverstock, Queensbridge, Bishop Challoner, Wheelers Lane and Moseley secondary schools.

The competition, involving over 100 boys, was a huge success and all those that took part expressed how much fun they had and have asked when the next one will be!

Well done to the team from Bishop Challoner that beat Queensbridge in a closely contested final. Mr Vizor from Bishop Challoner said “They boys did the school proud and they deserved their success for the time they have spent attending the extra curricular club after school every week since September”.

Thanks go to Mr Speake at Wheelers Lane for hosting the competition and for providing the young leaders for the event. Thanks also go to Andrew Blower from UKDBA/Warwickshire Development Officer for taking the time to attend and for his help and guidance at the event.

The next event is for boys aged 13-14 and is on 14th March 2012.

Derek McDermott
Bishop Challoner School Sports Partnership

Chester Primary School Competition

On the 30th January 2012 96 primary school children from 12 local school teams converged on Overleigh St Mary’s Primary school to take part in the 4th Annual Chester Dodgeball Championships.

Mostly the children were from years 5 & 6 with a couple of year 4’s who attend the school clubs taking part as well, teams were made up of boys and girls. All children participating go to weekly Dodgeball clubs at their school run by The Dodgeball Academy and UKDBA Director of Sports Development Ben Hoyle.

The standard of Dodgeball at these events improves each year and teamwork and good sporting values, including honesty and shaking hands after each match are key to the spirit of the competition on the day.

The teams were split into 2 groups of 6 playing in a round robin format. After some careful mathematics the top 2 teams from each group progressed to the semi finals where Christleton A defeated Christleton B and Guilden Sutton A defeated Waverton A. Setting up a close and intensely fort final between Guilden Sutton A, looking to make it a hat-rick of titles and Christleton A looking to regain the trophy they first won in 2009.

It was Guilden Sutton whose superior catching skills proved decisive in the end as they managed to hold on to the final whistle. A fantastic competition was enjoyed by all as we look forward to the next Dodgeball festivals scheduled for the summer term for years 3 & 4.

Thanks to everyone for taking part and also to Overleigh St Mary’s for providing the venue.

Ben Hoyle

Reepham High Norfolk

At Reepham High School, we offer Dodgeball to all ages in the curriculum. We have a set unit for year 7, 8 and 9 pupils (mixed). We also offer a unit for all KS4 pupils (both mixed and single sex) as well as being the first ever school to offer Dodgeball on the GCSE Edexcel syllabus.

Club wise: we have an U14 mixed club which gets around 40-50 pupils each time and an U16 club which gets around 30 pupils. We also have our adult club that our college pupils can attend called the Reepham Raiders who are currently 5th in the UK and are now playing in the new Dodgeball Premier League this year.

We play in a local partnership competition but I have recently set up the new Norfolk County Dodgeball League which will hopefully bring in schools from around the county to eventually get an overall Norfolk winner who will represent Norfolk at any national finals that take place. Last year my U14 mixed team won this.

Katie Lake

PE – Reepham High School

All Hallows School - Salford

It’s not Rocket Science – its Team Tye
All Hallows is an innovative school, a can-do school. With poor and ageing PE facilities the school has established a track record of innovative programmes to engage students from the successful ‘Not for Boys’ programme (using spare space in the canteen!) to ‘Chill’ Club – a partnership with the indoor Ski Centre.

In embracing the aims of Matalan yoUR activity the school had a simple plan:-
• Let the students choose the activity
• Create a time and a space for the activity
• Use Miss Gresty’s 5 hour database to select students to invite
• Make them part of ‘Team Tye’
• Let Young Leaders lead
• Work collaboratively with the NGB

If the captain of the school Rugby team invites you to take part in a new activity are you interested?
What about an invite from one of the most popular and well –respected girls? You know, the one who got to spend a day with Michael Carrick for her contribution to school life?
Failing that, what about an invite to Team Tye? That’s right. Mr Tye’s club that is open only to certain students. They always seem to be doing something, didn’t they miss double Science last week for that Table Tennis festival?
In a nutshell, that was the simplicity of making Dodgeball attractive to 20 of the young people who for one reason or another currently were not accessing PE out of curriculum time.

The hard work however was behind the scenes to ensure:
• The NGB were forthcoming in supporting the school in training Leaders
• Leaders were chosen on their record of commitment
• The gym was made available at a suitable time, including ‘Team Tye’ students being granted early lunch passes!
• Matalan tracksuits were purchased to make the club look and feel different
• There was a carrot of a showcase event at the end

Why was it successful?

• Because George and Jodie were the Matalan Leaders this provided kudos to the project.
• Mr Tye cares passionately about engaging ALL students and saw this as a way to expand ‘Team Tye’.
• The little things that make a difference were there, early lunch passes are like Gold!
• Ultimately, after the training everyone realised what a great sport Dodgeball is!
• The fact it was all rounded off with Sir Steve Redgrave joining in!

What next?

Dodgeball will feature on the Secondary competition programme (Level 1 and Level 2) for the first time in 2011/12
All the students that took part will be invited back and a new breed of leaders trained
Vivo Miles will be awarded for attending the club

Some Figures

How many staff members have been involved in running your chosen Matalan yoUR Activity sport(s) during the 2010/11 academic year?
Staff involved in 2010/11 - 5 PE Staff plus 2 School Sport Partnership staff (7)

How many young people have participated the planning and delivery of your chosen Matalan yoUR Activity sport(s) for the 2010/11 academic year?
Pupils involved with planning - George and Jodie supported by Liam and Bethany (4)
16 students undertook and successfully completed the UK Dodgeball Young Leaders Award (16)

How many young people have participated in your Matalan yoUR Activity sport(s) during the 2010/11 academic year?
Introduced as a new sport into key stage 3 curriculum and 360 pupils experienced Dodgeball as a core PE activity (360)

How many Matalan yoUR Activity celebration/challenge events have been delivered during the 2010/11 academic year?
One showcase event (with Sir Steve Redgrave) - Introduced in Primaries at Level 1 and Level 2 competition. (2)

For further information please contact Dean Gilmore, Partnership Development Manager at dean.gilmore@salford.gov.uk or 07768960056