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.

Alongside our Return to Play guidance for dodgeball that was approved by the DCMS in July 2020, and has been apparent when not in lockdown, we have developed school specific return to play guidance. We have also 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…

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


Our current challenge for both primary and secondary school children can be found below.

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 school.


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, size 2 (6.5inch) dodgeballs for secondary school under 15’s and size 3 (7inch) dodgeballs for secondary school age under 17’s.


Lesson Plans

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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Secondary 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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Printable Resources

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.

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British Dodgeball Level 1 Coaching Award – £400

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 4-5 hour course is currently only available as a one off course to groups. The course will be available as an online training course from early 2021.

Contact [email protected] to book a course.

British Dodgeball Level 2 Coaching Award – £120pp

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.

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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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