Dodgeball is a great sport for you and your university to get involved in. At British Dodgeball we currently have 41 affiliated university clubs that field over 80 teams to compete in our leagues and open tournaments across the UK. We also offer coaching qualifications which can increase sport students’ career prospects, have designed specific resources and offer to support your university to develop its dodgeball offer.

Furthermore, in early 2020 dodgeball received recognition as a BUCS Sport and our regional and national university league system will be included from the beginning of the 2021/22 season.

We recommend that in order to get going with dodgeball at your university you are going to need somebody in place or a group of people to take the lead and coordinate getting everything started.

This could be a staff member, student or a group consisting of more than one person. Setting up some new activity could even be done as part of a course, as many transferable skills will be required. The experience gained will be very beneficial.

Perhaps advertise for a dodgeball ambassador/leader to get the ball rolling. If you need any further support you can contact British Dodgeball via [email protected]


To play dodgeball safely and correctly at university in any setting you need to be using the correct equipment. Official Size 3 cloth dodgeballs are the only recommended dodgeball for universities and we have a special offer to get you started. Contact [email protected] to place your first order.


In order to encourage more engagement with universities and to be consistent with BUCS we are offering all universities free membership of the organisation. Becoming a member university of British Dodgeball provides us with the opportunity to better understand your needs for dodgeball at your university and how we can further support you.

All you need to do to become a member of British Dodgeball is sign up for free membership via the following page, membership.


The following resources have been designed in order to support you to get started and introduce dodgeball within your university.


We want to support you to develop your sessions and grow participation in dodgeball at your university so please feel free to get in touch with our Social Media Manager [email protected] to share your story. We also have a bank of images that you are free to download and use to promote dodgeball at your university.

Completing any of our leadership, refereeing or coaching qualifications will provide students with new skills, confidence and experience that will support future employment.

Students on a coaching course at university can benefit from completing our half day Level 1 or full day Level 2 British Dodgeball Coaching Qualification in order to gain the necessary qualification to deliver dodgeball as part of their course. Students can build up their hours of coaching experience by delivering dodgeball in their local area at a club, at the university or even within the local school network.

Completing the refereeing qualification will provide students with the necessary skills to support both intra and inter university, school and community dodgeball events. Qualified referees working at our events also have the added benefit of earning an hourly rate of pay. For more information contact our Head of Referees [email protected]

Face to Face Training

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 the course provides an understanding of the importance of a positive well-being, improving self-esteem and taking part. This short 4-5 hour course is only available as a one off course to groups.

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, at schools or within the university. You do not need to have completed the Level 1 course to sign up. 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.

Contact [email protected] to book a course.

British Dodgeball Referee Workshop

This is the course for if you are looking to up-skill yourself or your group to be able to officiate at British Dodgeball competitions, leagues and events. We provide a bespoke 3 hour course to be delivered to a group for a set fee of £250 + tutor expenses (minimum 10 on a course). Completing this qualification will enable you to referee and get paid for refereeing at our events.

Contact [email protected] to book a 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.

Sign Up Here

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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We provide a competitive pathway for university dodgeball teams that enables the sport to grow and welcome new universities and new players each season.

For further enquiries please contact [email protected]

Below provides details of the different university opens and leagues we offer. For details on the full rules and regulations at our events please visit the Rules page.


The Freshers Open is held at the beginning of the University Dodgeball Season and is a great opportunity for new players to experience competitive university dodgeball for the first time. We often find that university dodgeball clubs benefit from more experienced players supporting their new club players at this event. Only players in their first year of dodgeball can participate in the University Freshers Open. During the 2020/21 season we hope to be able to host a Freshers Open in the Spring.

Regional Opens

Throughout a normal season we will host a range of Open Competitions in England, Scotland and Wales for university dodgeball clubs to enter. These events will facilitate a combination of either men’s, women’s or mixed categories. The university opens are a great opportunity to play competitive dodgeball against universities from all over the UK.

Regional Leagues

Our University Dodgeball Leagues will take place in regions of particularly high demand, where we can group together a cluster of at least 4 Universities or teams to form a regional league. Our aim where possible will be to reduce travel time and distance for university teams competing in the leagues. The National Leagues usually take place between the months of November and March each year. In the 2021/22 season we plan for the National League to be included within BUCS.

National Leagues

Currently we operate a Men’s University National League in the Midlands with the top university teams of Imperial College London, Uni of Birmingham, Uni of Leicester, Uni of Nottingham, Uni of Sheffield and the Uni of Warwick competing. Currently we do not have enough women’s university teams to facilitate a national league alongside our regional leagues. The National Leagues usually take place between the months of November and March each year. In the 2021/22 season we plan for the National League to be included within BUCS.


The University Championships are the oldest university dodgeball event in the UK, having first taken place in 2008. Every year they act as the culmination of the university season in April or May as we discover who is the best of the best men’s and women’s university dodgeball team.

We have affiliated university clubs at each of the locations shown on the map below.

If your university does not yet have a dodgeball club, then please check out our Club Support page for guides on how you can start a club of your own.

Club NameLocationContactWebsiteClub Page
Aberystwyth UniversityWales[email protected]WebsiteVisit
Bangor UniversityWalesEmailWebsiteVisit
Bath Spa UniversityEnglandWebsiteVisit
Cardiff UniversityWalesEmailWebsiteVisit
City, University of LondonEnglandVisit
Coventry UniversityEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
De Montfort UniversityEnglandEmailVisit
Falmouth UniversityEnglandWebsiteVisit
Imperial College LondonEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
King's College LondonEnglandWebsiteVisit
Lancaster UniversityEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
Newcastle UniversityEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
Nottingham Trent UniversityEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
Queens University BelfastNorthern Ireland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
Sheffield Hallam UniversityEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
Swansea UniversityWalesEmailWebsiteVisit
University College LondonEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
University of BathEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
University of BirminghamEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of Central LancashireEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
University of DerbyEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of East AngliaEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of EssexEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of ExeterEnglandWebsiteVisit
University of HertfordshireEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
University of LeedsEnglandWebsiteVisit
University of LeicesterEngland[email protected] WebsiteVisit
University of LincolnEnglandWebsiteVisit
University of LiverpoolEnglandVisit
University of ManchesterEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
University of NottinghamEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of PlymouthEnglandWebsiteVisit
University of PortsmouthEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of SheffieldEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of SouthamptonEngland[email protected]Visit
University of SurreyEnglandWebsiteVisit
University of WarwickEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
University of the West of EnglandEnglandWebsiteVisit
University of WinchesterEnglandEmailWebsiteVisit
University of YorkEngland[email protected]WebsiteVisit
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