Schools

Dodgeball is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in the UK with Active Lives data ranking dodgeball as the 4th most participated sport in English schools and the 5th in Welsh schools. Dodgeball in schools is also in high demand with 33% of children expressing a desire to play more dodgeball than they are currently playing, higher than any other sport.

At British Dodgeball we want to provide school teachers, school coaches, students and leaders with the necessary tools to deliver dodgeball. We want to put a platform in place that enables dodgeball to grow within schools and across the United Kingdom.

Dodge Start is a new resource to help you start each day with some dodgeball fun! We have developed a downloadable resource on how to deliver a class bubble dodgeball competition and one of our member clubs Eden Dodgeball has developed a series of resources that can be done at home, in the garden or in the park. All available here…
START YOUR SCHOOL DAY WITH DODGE START
SCHOOL BUBBLE COMPETITION GUIDANCE
EDEN DODGEBALL CLUB LOCKDOWN PRACTICES

Read below for information on resources, equipment, membership, competitions, challenges and training.

British Dodgeball School Awards 2022

British Dodgeball is proud to support grassroots dodgeball across the UK. This sport has the ability to revolutionise the health of the UK’s young people in times that are difficult for health. The role of school physical education is more important than ever. Thousands of schools offer dodgeball to the delight of so many young girls and boys.

After voting the top 5 primary schools and the top 5 secondary schools will receive a basic equipment set. After voting the primary school and secondary school with the most votes will receive a large equipment set.

The button at the bottom of the shortlists will take you to the voting form. Select the school you wish to vote for from the drop down and click submit to record your vote. You may only vote once for the Primary School Award and once for the Secondary School Award.

Voting closes on Thursday 31st March 2022 at midnight.

Primary School Award 2022 – Shortlist

Belmont Primary School, Derby

After introducing dodgeball to our after-school provision 3 years ago the passion and enthusiasm for the sport has grown massively, with the children that attend the club gaining the opportunity to participate in the local Active School Partnership Primary Competition each year. We have recently purchased a dodgeball scheme of work which is now firmly embedded in our PE curriculum, ensuring that our children receive well planned and structured dodgeball lessons where progression is carefully thought through and implemented.  Dodgeball is one of our most popular sports at Belmont, it is frequently requested by our pupils and all clubs are over-subscribed. We enjoy offering plenty of opportunities, including having the Girls Dodge Too! ambassador for the region come in and work with our girls. For those pupils who wish to pursue dodgeball beyond
our school provision we signpost them to our nearest local club, Derby Dodgeball.

Benyon Primary, Essex

Since we’ve introduced dodgeball to Benyon, the children have absolutely loved it, so much so that we have a weekly dodgeball club which is always full. We also use dodgeball as a wet weather PE activity, which gives the children a fantastic workout as well as learning key social skills. Having more children participate in the sport has also had a positive impact in the success of our other sports such as: Football & athletics. In addition to this, we took part in our local SSP dodgeball tournament for the first time and ended up winning it! This will be the first time Benyon has been represented in a county final, we’re very proud of the children and we hope the enthusiasm, passion and success the school has had, will inspire the next generation.

Grange Farm Primary School, Leeds

Our school would love to win this award, we currently play dodgeball as a one-off activity in school (often when it is wet weather or we are struggling for staff cover). We would love to develop our dodgeball offer in school and promote the sport of dodgeball in our school and local area. Our school is in an area of high deprivation, and we believe dodgeball could engage some of our less engaged pupils. All the children love playing dodgeball and can quickly understand the rules of the game when it is offered. They are always excited to play dodgeball as it is not a sport they can access elsewhere. All pupils experience a sense of achievement when playing dodgeball due to the wide range of skills involved in the game, something that is often difficult for our pupils to achieve in other sports.

Longlands Primary School, Shropshire

Over the past 3 years, Longlands have really pushed Dodgeball forward to ensure this is a sport that children want to play and understand. Within the last 3 years, Longlands have won the local dodgeball competitions and entered the finals for the regional School Games finals. This year, we have entered one of the British Dodgeball competitions in Telford. Children from EYFS to Year 6 understand the rules of dodgeball and have always got a HUGE smile on their faces.

Pikes Lane Primary, Manchester

At Pikes Lane we offer dodgeball to all age groups, and we have had success in several different competitions throughout the last 6-7 years. We offer dodgeball as a part of the curriculum, and during breakfast, lunch and after school clubs. Our sports leaders also run dodgeball clubs/competitions for LKS2. Dodgeball is consistently oversubscribed and the most popular sport club in school, the engagement and enjoyment pupils have for the sport is incredible. To ensure everyone that signs up for dodgeball club can have the opportunity to play, we need to host at least two dodgeball clubs for each key stage per year. Pupils that do not normally enjoy team sports such as football & rugby are very keen to take part in dodgeball. As a school we follow the Dodgeball Code and School Games principles that focus on respect, honesty and sportsmanship. Every child has played and will play dodgeball!

Saint Aidans Primary School, Wigan

To develop knowledge of the sport and FUNskills for KS1 children. With more equipment and resources on hand can have it on both playgrounds or have dodgeball alongside another sport running. We would also love to start a KS1 dodgeball club. To help raise the profile of the sport in the area we would love to have both after-school clubs and community clubs running. Saint Aidans children would be hugely appreciative of new equipment so they can continue growing their love of dodgeball, and I know together with staff we would ensure the profile of dodgeball was raised in our school in lessons, playground and potential after school club.

St.Thomas’ CE Primary School, Blackburn

Our school has been taking part in dodgeball for the last 8 years or so. We feel it is a great way to engage all children in active sport no matter their ability. Our clubs are always fully booked and have waiting lists. Recently we have been taking part in competitions both local and national, and the children love representing their school and challenging themselves against others. Dodgeball has been such a success at our school due to the fact that ALL pupils (and staff!) can get involved and exercise whilst having great fun. We used to run a Saturday dodgeball club, which grew and grew inviting both pupils from our school and other local schools, that we hope to restart soon. The children who play dodgeball love the competition and fun but also the values of playing fairly and honestly.

Sunnyside Academy, Middlesborough

Dodgeball plays an important part in our school life, on a morning (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) pupils play dodgeball at breakfast club for 20 minutes and we find this is a great start to the day for the pupils attending. On Wednesdays we have a year 5/6 intra-school dodgeball league where 9 teams take part during a lunchtime. On average we have around 70 pupils taking part in this league and the pupils thoroughly enjoy this experience especially as we have not been able to go out and participate in as many competitions due to covid. We offer dodgeball as an after-school club two days a week (one for year 3/4 and one for year 5/6). Dodgeball club is always a popular choice for our pupils with both clubs having a reserve list in place. We are entered into the Tees Valley Schools Championship in May and cannot wait!

Thrussington Primary School, Leicester

Our Sports Coach Mr Feasey is incredibly keen on Dodgeball and his enthusiasm rubs off on the children. They ask to play it at after-school club regularly and he also runs sessions at lunchtime for them too! We are a small school with limited resources and an injection of dodgeballs would help us to keen the dodgeball enthusiasm going!

Torriano Primary School, London

Our pupils love playing dodgeball. We have clubs for children in Y1 through to children in Y6. They also play dodgeball at lunchtime. We organise our own inter school dodgeball competition, as well as participating in all dodgeball festivals organised by Camden. We really value dodgeball as a way of being active and enjoy playing with others. It really teaches children about honesty, being a good winner and looser, respect and determination. Our PE teacher completed level 2 Qualification dodgeball a year and a half ago.

Secondary School Award 2022 – Shortlist

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Nottingham

We have been city champions over 12 times, we have run both 24- and 36-hour dodgeball matches for charity in conjunction with both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds

Winning this award would allow us to offer more opportunities to play dodgeball to our diverse student group. All pupils love playing dodgeball, and everyone gets involved when it is offered. We love that the sport encourages honesty through the Dodgeball Code and instil this in our pupils across the PE curriculum not just through dodgeball. Our students develop resilience through the game, and love working together to overcome their opponents. Dodgeball has been highly popular during the pandemic when we have reduced staff to cover PE lessons, due to the nature of the game not needing lots of equipment, and supply teachers have enjoyed being taught the rules by the students!

Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Kent

We are new to Dodgeball and as of yet not played any formal matches or tournaments due to not many schools offering the sport in the South East. However, since starting lunch time and after-school clubs this year our students are in love with the sport. It is the most attended lunch time club with 70+ students coming to play on a regular basis. We have fund-raised and secured local grants to buy equipment so other schools can benefit. We are also training young sports leaders form year 13 to year 7 to become young umpires and leaders that can develop the sport within our local community. We plan to host a local primary school competition to launch this within the next term. The passion our young people have for the sport has been astonishing and the impact dodgeball has had on throwing and catching skills has been very extensive.

Whitworth Community High School, Lancashire

Dodgeball has been on our curriculum for a number of years with students taking part in dodgeball lessons each term. Dodgeball is also a major part of our extracurricular timetable, with it being one of our most popular sessions that we run. This year we have tried to increase these numbers further by attending any dodgeball events/competitions that are held, we are hosting our own dodgeball tournaments for the schools in our local sports partnership for years 7, 8 and 9. We will be holding a staff glow in the dark session at the end of this term to get staff involved too! To ensure we are fully aware of the rules and tactics, all members of the PE department are completing the online dodgeball Level 1 and we have a number of students completing the dodgeball umpire course so they can umpire the upcoming dodgeball competitions that we are hosting.

Workington Academy, Cumbria

Dodgeball has a secure place in our PE curriculum at Workington Academy. We offer it during lessons and as an after school club for years 7-11. We would like to continue to develop dodgeball in West Cumbria to do this we have Ben Hoyle from British Dodgeball coming in to deliver leadership education so that Workington Academy can host a primary school competition to 9 feeder primary schools and a secondary age competition with 9 local secondary schools in West Cumbria.

In this section you will find information on the correct equipment to use, the rules to play and resources to get you started with dodgeball at your primary school. You will also find the link to our schools competition pathway with over 30 events available to enter.

To play dodgeball safely and correctly at school in any setting you need to be using the correct equipment. We only recommend size 1 foam dodgeballs for primary schools.

Rules

Primary School Competitions

Our School Competition offer for dodgeball has been put together to support as many children as possible to play dodgeball at a competition or festival that enables them to benefit the most.

We have been working in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust to support the network of School Games Organisers deliver an inclusive dodgeball festival that children will benefit from. To compliment this inclusive offer we are running a series of Regional Schools Championships.

Entries into our Regional Schools Championships are now open. Our ambition for the 2021/2022 academic year is to host 43 school competitions, one in each Active Partnership Area across England, and we would love to see you at one of our championship events.

Find out more by visiting our Schools Competitions page

 

Primary Lesson Plans

Our comprehensive dodgeball lesson plans are designed by PE experts and offer a detailed scheme of work consisting of 6 lesson plans per year group. Lesson plans are accompanied by up to 3 instructional videos and 5 printable resources, and use methods that will challenge and support pupils in order to enhance their learning.

Our lesson plans offer progressive drills and skill based activities that are in line with the PE National Curriculum with a specific focus on one or more of Physical, Social, Problem Solving or Tactical skills. You will find 3 levels of assessment for each lesson that are split into emerging, expecting and exceeding criteria so that pupils can be assessed accurately and easily.

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In this section you will find information on the correct equipment to use, the rules to play and resources to get you started with dodgeball at your secondary school. You will also find a map which shows which schools in your area are looking to play dodgeball fixtures with other secondary schools.

Equipment

To play dodgeball safely and correctly at school in any setting you need to be using the correct equipment. We recommend size 2 and size 3 cloth balls for secondary schools. Size 2 cloth dodgeballs are suitable for under 15’s and under 13’s (secondary school) and size 3 cloth dodgeballs are suitable for adults and under 17’s (secondary school).

Rules

Secondary School Competitions

At British Dodgeball we aren’t currently running competitions for Secondary Schools, however we want to help secondary schools organise their own friendly fixtures. The map below shows all schools who are looking for other schools to play in dodgeball fixtures, whilst also assisting British Dodgeball to understand the levels of demand for Secondary School dodgeball to allow for future development. If you want to contact a school to arrange a fixture please click on the icon and find their contact details. If you are interested in being added to the map and find other schools to play dodgeball against, contact Alice via [email protected].

Lesson Plans

The British Dodgeball Secondary Scheme of Work is designed to teach Physical Education in Secondary Schools through dodgeball-based activity. The scheme of work contains one unit of 6 lessons for Lower KS3, Upper KS3 and KS4 which have been designed in line with the National Curriculum (2014), and has been created to aid teachers in teaching a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. The first unit has been developed to introduce, consolidate and build upon learning contained in the KS2 British Dodgeball Primary Scheme of Work which pupils may not have completed. The upper KS3 and KS4 units build upon the previous to form a spiral curriculum (Bruner, 1960).

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School British Dodgeball offers free club membership to all primary and secondary schools. All you need to do to become a member of British Dodgeball is complete the form and submit your application as an education establishment for membership of British Dodgeball.

Membership is a requirement for all Schools competing in our leagues and open competitions.

Becoming a member of British Dodgeball provides us with the opportunity to better understand your needs for dodgeball and how we can support you. It also enables you to keep up to date with all dodgeball developments via our regular communications. Membership is active for 365 days from registration.

Face to Face Training

Leadership Qualification – £250

Our leadership workshop can be delivered to any school group from year 5 upwards. Our experienced instructors can tailor the practical course to the needs of the specific group over 3 hours in the school hall. Leaders will learn the importance of health & safety, basic dodgeball skills, communication, an introduction to coaching, an introduction to refereeing and understand the rules of the sport.

Contact [email protected] to book a course.

British Dodgeball Level 1 Coaching Award – £60pp online, £40pp groups of 10+

It is our belief at British Dodgeball that the training we provide will enable coaches and those working with groups to empower people from all different walks of life to be healthy, active and enjoy the full benefits of sport and physical activity. Our Level 1 Coaching Award not only provides candidates with a knowledge of the sport, but also on how to work with different participants, how to be inclusive and provides an understanding of the importance of a positive well-being, improving self-esteem and taking part. This short 4 hour course is available online, or as a one off course to groups.

Access the online Level 1 Award in Coaching Dodgeball, or contact [email protected] to book a course.

British Dodgeball Level 2 Coaching Award – £120pp open course, £80pp groups of 10+

Our Level 2 course is an 8 hour practical course that is perfect for anyone wishing to coach dodgeball within their community at clubs or within the school. Going into more detail than the Level 1, participants will understand dodgeball rules and game play, core skills of the sport, coaching, variations and inclusive practices, refereeing, planning and delivery and evaluating and concluding.

Book to attend an open Level 2 Certificate In Coaching Dodgeball course, or contact [email protected] to book a closed course.

Online Training

Introduction to Dodgeball

This online self-learning course gives an introduction to the correct rules, equipment and sporting code used in dodgeball. It will also help you consider how to lead safe sessions and coach the basic skills of dodgeball.

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Introduction to School Dodgeball

This school-specific course gives an introduction to the correct rules, equipment and sporting code used in dodgeball in addition to training regarding the planning and teaching dodgeball as part of PE lessons. Ideal for primary teachers, secondary PE teachers and school sports coaches.

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Introduction to Coaching Dodgeball

This online self-learning course is ideal for players who know the sport and now wish to begin their coaching journey. It gives an introduction to coaching approaches used in dodgeball as well as training on planning and delivering effectively to groups of people.

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British Dodgeball Level 1 Coaching Award – £60pp online, £40pp groups of 10+

It is our belief at British Dodgeball that the training we provide will enable coaches and those working with groups to empower people from all different walks of life to be healthy, active and enjoy the full benefits of sport and physical activity. Our Level 1 Coaching Award not only provides candidates with a knowledge of the sport, but also on how to work with different participants, how to be inclusive and provides an understanding of the importance of a positive well-being, improving self-esteem and taking part. This short 4 hour course is available online, or as a one off course to groups.

Access the online Level 1 Award in Coaching Dodgeball, or contact [email protected] to book a course.

Dodge Five Series
These resources offer plenty of skills and drills ideas for your dodgeball sessions.

Dodge Five Activity Cards
Dodge Five Remixed Activity Cards
Dodge Five Game On Activity Cards
Dodge Five Dodgefit Activity Cards
Dodge Five @Home Activity Cards

Education Packs
These cross-curricular lessons allow you to integrate dodgeball into the curriculum and are differentiated to provide a suitable challenge for 5-13 year olds.
Education pack – English
Education pack – Maths
Education pack – Foundation Subjects

The Dodgeball Code Resources
The Dodgeball Code
The Dodgeball Code certificate

Other Resources
Inclusive Activity Guide
Primary School Dodgeball Day Guidance Booklet
Dodgeball Match Scorecard

British Dodgeball