Return to Play Club Spotlight – Eden Dodgeball

Earlier this week, we sat down with Tanya from Eden Dodgeball to get an insight into what returning to dodgeball is really like for clubs in our community; from turnout at training sessions, confidence in returning to play and hopefulness for the present and future. Read our Eden Dodgeball’s Return to Play Club Spotlight below.
When did your club restart and what/how many sessions have you been running?
“We have been back up and running since Tuesday 13th April with 4 club sessions a week plus 5 more outreach sessions in school and at after school clubs.”
What has turnout been like?
“The number of children returning has been excellent. We’ve got lots of new members and lots of new players taking part for the first time this term. Parents seem really confident now and enthusiastic to get children involved in the club. There is a lot of emphasis on getting active which is really important, we also think the children have really missed being social and it’s great to be able to provide them with this opportunity.”
What’s great about being back?
“We’re really excited to be increasing the number of girls attending our sessions through our outreach sessions at the local schools. In total over 50 new girls have been playing at our sessions which is amazing. Lots of them are now transitioning to the main club sessions as well which is really positive. We also have a new under 8’s session taking place which is great fun, we are enjoying seeing the children develop their skills at this young age and taking part in club sport.”
Due to Covid-19, has there been any hesitation?
“From speaking to other parents and from our own experiences we see that the nervousness of parents and children for returning to sport has pretty much gone. Normality is resuming and for sport and exercise this is a good sign.”
What are you looking forward to now that you are back?
“For the rest of this year we are looking forward to hosting our own intra club event in May, taking part in the British Dodgeball tournament in the summer, and then returning to compete in the leagues next season.”
Any other comments?
“Finally we’re really pleased to be working with Active Cumbria to support the development of new clubs and school competitions in the county. This will enable us to have local matches which will only help to provide more opportunities for the kids.”
Thank you to Tanya and Eden Dodgeball for taking time to talk to us and celebrating your return to dodgeball. It is amazing to see that not only have Eden Dodgeball been able to restart, but they are actually blooming during this time, which demonstrates dodgeball’s return to play is an optimistic one; every time we see clubs restart their sessions it fills us with joy and we can’t wait until everyone is back up and running like normal.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to us about your return to dodgeball, please email [email protected]

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