British Dodgeball offers a range of advice, resources and support in order to help our member clubs to develop dodgeball in the UK. See how we can assist you today:
Dodgeball clubs are amazing. Clubs give a place for people of all ages to play, socialise, develop skills and have fun, they provide opportunities for voluntary and paid work for coaches and empower committee members to build a new community from nothing.
British Dodgeball member clubs enjoy the following benefits:
- Eligibility to play in British Dodgeball League competitions
- Development and funding support from British Dodgeball staff
- Insurance needed to play dodgeball
- Access to specifically selected partner services which help clubs to grow, gain members and raise funds
- Access to the wider British Dodgeball community
Setting up a club:
For non-profit companies wishing to turn informal dodgeball sessions into a more formalised club, you can use your existing organisations structure and documents (articles of association / constitution) to register club membership with us and enjoy the benefits of club membership. You can also apply for a new club award.
For profit generating companies wishing to turn your dodgeball sessions into something more, please note that you’ll need to form a community club to do this. You can still pay staff for their efforts coaching at the club, but the club should be formed as a non-profit organisation. For further details on what is required of a club, please visit the club membership page.
Looking to set up a new club? We want to work with you! You can apply for the British Dodgeball New Club Award here. Alternatively, check out the funding support we can work with you to secure which may provide you with coach education, venue hire for initial set-up period, marketing and more. For advice on setting up a new club, please look at our Club Start-Up Guide.
The British Dodgeball New Club Award is a scheme which aims to provide support to new clubs in order to help ensure that they can become sustainable and become places where people can go to get active, socialise and enjoy the benefits of play.
The support British Dodgeball will provide as part of the New Club Award includes:
- Free set of dodgeballs to get the club started.
- Free first season of club membership.
- Advice and support from a member of British Dodgeball’s development staff.
To qualify for the scheme, applicants must:
- Be planning to set up a new community dodgeball club, or a new section at an existing club (informal sessions run by youth centres and afterschool clubs are only eligible if you set-up a formalised club with the intention to engage new participants and eventually compete in competitions).
- Have a constitution outlining how their club will be operated on a non-profit basis. For existing charities and non-profit youth organisations setting up a formal dodgeball club, this can be your organisation’s constitution (clubs ran on a for-profit basis are not eligible).
- Have a committee of at least three people willing to assist in running the club (this is necessary when applying for an organisation bank account).
- Commit to working towards a series of minimum operating standards including identifying a welfare officer and reporting back participation data to British Dodgeball.
To apply for the scheme, please fill out the form below:
The following guides are available to assist clubs at various stages along their journey. From their inception as a brand new dodgeball club and how to go about putting everything in place to those established and developing clubs that want to achieve a higher level of status
Club Start-Up Guide – a guide to assist new community clubs
University Dodgeball – New Club & New Year Guide – a guide to assist university dodgeball clubs
Member Club & Dodgemark Guide – a guide on what it means to be a member club
GDPR Guide – A guide to assist clubs with GDPR
We have the following 22 editable resources which are here to help your club develop structures and processes in order to be successful on a long term basis:
Clubs should make sure they recruit fairly for any voluntary and paid roles. This includes recruiting those who are qualified (e.g. holding a British Dodgeball Level 2 coaching certificate for a coach leading sessions).
For volunteers, committee members and staff members who will be involved in working with young people and vulnerable adults, please not that disclosures and criminal record checks should be sought for those involved in regulated activity. Please refer to the British Dodgeball Recruitment & Disclosure Policy for further guidance.
We offer Enhanced Voluntary DBS Checks for member clubs. We recommend all junior coaches, welfare officers and first aiders hold a club DBS certificate.
Dodgemark is British Dodgeball’s club accreditation scheme!
Dodgemark has been set up in order to provide a kitemark accreditation for dodgeball clubs and to help support the clubs to have the strong procedures and systems in place for safe, engaging dodgeball delivery in their communities. Dodgemark club accreditation can be applied for by any community dodgeball club. Once achieved, it can be renewed every two years.
- Dodgemark clubs can apply annually for British Dodgeball Club Development Funding, a scheme set up to support high-quality dodgeball clubs.
- Once your club has achieved clubmark recognition, your club will be set up with the systems and processes needed for long term sustainability and success. The journey of completing the accreditation process will help you to better your understanding of how to operate a club and improve your club’s systems.
- Your club will have more developed coaches and therefore run more engaging sessions which better cater to the needs of all members.
- Your club can use the Dodgemark logo, giving parents, new members and potential partner organisations including schools and community organisations confidence they are getting involved with a well-developed club.
Funding is available in some areas of the U.K. for new projects. This could be:
- Setting up a completely new community dodgeball club.
- Setting up a junior, or women’s section at an existing community club.
- Setting up a satellite club (a new session at a new venue ran by an existing club) in order to give more people the opportunity to play.
Outlined below are some of the funding pots which British Dodgeball may be able to help you access. To request bid writing help from British Dodgeball, please email [email protected] outlining details around your proposed new club and the work you have done so far (e.g. sourced a venue, found two more people willing to help run the club etc.).
Awards for all (All Regions):
The National Lottery Awards For All scheme offers between £300 and £10,000 of support to community groups who want to set up a club in order to ‘bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities’ or ‘help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage’. If this sounds like it links well with your proposed new club’s goals, then we can apply for funding for training new coaches, new equipment, venue hire for a certain number of months, leadership courses to raise self-esteem, competition entry and marketing.
Satellite Clubs funding (England-only):
Satellite Clubs funding is available to groups looking to create new opportunities for people aged 14-19 to participate in physical activity. As the funding is regionalised, each Active Partnership has a different priority; they may focus on certain groups such as ethnic minorities, females or economically disadvantaged. If you want to run a session which includes people of this age group, we can apply for funding for training new coaches, new equipment, venue hire for a certain number of months, leadership courses to raise self-esteem, competition entry and marketing.
Small Grants Scheme (England-only):
The Small Grants Scheme offers up to £10,000 to ‘support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity, whether this is formal sport or informal activity aiming to help people lead more active lifestyles’. The funding’s main aims are: ‘Getting inactive people to become more active’, ‘Developing lasting sporting habits’, and ‘Developing more positive attitudes among young people’. In terms of demographics, they want to fund projects which focus on people on lower incomes, supporting inactive people to become more active, women and black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and fund projects for a range of ages including children as young as 5 years old.
Community Chest (Wales-only):
Community Chest funding offers up to £1,500 to community groups who want to create new opportunities for people to participate in physical activity. If you want to set up a new dodgeball session in Wales, we can apply for funding for training new coaches, new equipment, venue hire for a certain number of months, leadership courses to raise self-esteem, competition entry and marketing.
Local Funding (All Regions):
Each county and city varies in what local pots of funding are available. There may be something relevant for your new club by searching locally which could cover some start-up costs. As each opportunity is individual, amounts and what can be funded varies and must be explore on a case-by-case basis.
Email [email protected] if you would like more information on these funding pots, or have an exciting project idea and want to secure funding in order to help you develop dodgeball in your area!
The British Dodgeball Club Development Fund is available for all Dodgemark-accredited clubs to apply for. The funding can be awarded a maximum of once per season to each club (with the application deadline being 31st August each year).
Dodgemark clubs can apply for up to £500 funding to go towards (in order of preference):
- The development of sustainable sessions for new groups (e.g. ladies, junior age groups).
- New equipment, coaching courses, competition fees and project expenses needed to improve the club & help the club maintain Dodgemark accreditation.
- Operational costs for supporting existing club teams e.g. venue hire, competition fees.
Once you have applied for the award, British Dodgeball Development staff members will review the application. We may contact you to set some targets or discuss minimum standards of a project. Should it satisfy the above criteria, your application will then be passed to a British Dodgeball board member to sign off on.
To apply for the funding, please fill out the form below:
British Dodgeball has worked with a range of organisations to create and secure funding for worthwhile projects which develop the sport of dodgeball in addition to increasing participation in physical activity. Some examples of a range of projects are below:
Satellite Club Funding: Birmingham Blaze
In 2018, Birmingham had a strong university club but lacked a community club, despite some very active dodgeball players living in the area. These players joined forces and contacted British Dodgeball with the goal of starting a community club in Birmingham. British Dodgeball secured Satellite Club Funding to pay for hall hire for the initial months, coach education and equipment. With the enthusiastic leadership of the club committee, Birmingham Blaze has been an active community club for over a year and has provided opportunties for loads of young people in Birmingham to get active by playing dodgeball. You’ll now find the club participating in British Dodgeball regional leagues.
Small Grants Funding: Cheadle & Gatley Griffins
Since Griffins was founded, the committee had heard many times phrases such as, “I wish I could do that,” from inactive adults they met at school drop-offs or at work, so they asked British Dodgeball for assistance in designing a project to show that anybody can! British Dodgeball secured Sport England Small Grants funding for Cheadle & Gatley Griffins to create a marketing campaign highlighting who the members are, why they play and how they got involved. The award also funded new opportunities for adults to play dodgeball at the club at their own pace in addition to providing training and social opportunities that enabled new people from the community to be positive and have a strong sense of worth.
Sport Wales Community Chest: Abertawe Scorpions, Swansea
A keen parent contacted British Dodgeball in order to help set up a dodgeball Club for all ages in Swansea. We secured Sport Wales Community Chest funding which paid for club promotion, hall hire for the initial months, coach education and equipment so the club could launch in a sustainable way. Meanwhile, the parent drove the club forwards by contacting local schools and the network of his children’s friends, and setting up a small committee in order to start the club for a range of age groups. This is a great example of partnership work.
Awards for All: Glasgow Dodgeball
British Dodgeball secured Awards For All Funding to develop dodgeball in Glasgow. This project will start in 2020 and will provide physical activity in the form of dodgeball festivals as well as lifestyle advice in the form of nutrition education. The project’s end goal is to set up a sustainable dodgeball club in Glasgow.
Local Funding: Eden Dodgeball (Eden District Council Sports Development Grant)
In some areas, local funding streams are available to support your club. Eden Dodgeball worked with British Dodgeball to gain a small grant which paid for equipment and taster sessions to be delivered in local primary schools with the aim of raising awareness about the club. As a result, Eden Dodgeball’s participation numbers have grown from 8-12 members to over 50.