It’s Dodgeball Day as A-Star Sports cheers on the England teams
It’s one festival no-one will want to Dodge, and everyone who comes is sure to have a Ball.
That’s the message from the stars of UK Dodgeball, one of the most popular and fastest-growing sports in the world, as they gather in Cheshire this month (August 22) for a feast of sport on their way to potential glory in the European Championships.
Both the men’s and the women’s England Dodgeball teams will be joining up with the UKDBA’s sporting partner, coaching company A-Star Sports, for an intensive training day – as well as a bit of fun with the A-Star kids – at The Cheshire County Sports Club.
The all-day training camp will be a vital step in the teams’ preparations for facing the cream of the competition in Europe, where “the game where you are the target” has taken off as well.
And the fun doesn’t stop there for Cheshire’s sporting fans. The 2013 European Dodgeball Championships are also being held at the Cheshire County Sports Club, on August 24 and 25. A-Star Sports will be providing support at events around the Championships as a partner of the UK Dodgeball Association.
This will include the Euro Dodgeball Camp being held on Tuesday August 27, also at the Cheshire County Sports Club from 10am until 2pm – a fantastic day of sport for youngsters aged under 13. The event is organised by the UKDBA in partnership with A-Star Sports.
At the camp on the 22nd, male and female Dodgeball stars and Martin Knight, the manager of the England Lions, will participate in Dodgeball activities with children from A-Star Sports as part of their commitment to develop the sport across the UK working at community level and inspiring children, right up to international competition level.
Martin said: “The Cheshire County training camp is a very important day for us. As well as honing our skills, we are really looking forward to working with our partner, A-Star Sports, to help coach and inspire the next generation of potential players.
“Everyone in the organisation appreciates the opportunity to bring Dodgeball to children in a widespread, accessible and exciting way. It’s fantastic for the England teams to work with younger children and really show them the benefits of playing Dodgeball both for fun and competitively.”
A-Star Sports already includes Dodgeball in its programmes as one of its 10 core sports on the grounds that it is particularly suitable for children of all ages.
Sharon Bassett, the company’s director of marketing and communications and co-founder, said: “Dodgeball is a simple, accessible and dynamic team sport and it is little wonder that it is becoming so popular, with new clubs opening up all the time. It is played in schools, the community and organised leagues nationwide.”
The UKDBA liaises with the United Kingdom Sports Council, Sport England, the Sports Council for Wales, the Sports Council for Northern Ireland and Sport Scotland to ensure it exceeds their expectations of Dodgeball and maintains its status as a recognised sport.
A-Star Sports offers multi-sports coaching for children from two years old to 10, teaching them to play individually, in games with a partner or in teams.