Founded in 2013 by four Manchester University graduates, Manchester Bees Dodgeball Club have played a huge part in establishing Dodgeball as a sport in the Manchester Community, even making it onto national television numerous times on ITV and BBC!
The Manchester Bees have come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, with over 40 people attending sessions regularly – 8 of which are international players. The sessions are led by 5 official level 2 UKDBA expert coaches, who are able to tailor to people of all abilities – for both the serious dodgeballer and the casual player.
In 2016, Manchester Bees Dodgeball was the first dodgeball club in the UK to receive Clubmark Accreditation, and the first sports club in Greater Manchester to receive the new version of the award. Clubmark is the universally-acknowledged accreditation scheme for community sports club. It shows that a club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.
The club was initially made up of three buzzing teams:The Killer Bees being the men’s first team, the Worker Bees being the men’s second team and the Queen Bees being the ladies team. As the club has grown, we have added extra teams in the form of the Soldier Bees and the Honey Bees.
The History of the Manchester Bee…
The worker bee was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the industrial revolution, at a time when Manchester was taking a leading role in new forms of mass production. Seven bees are included in the crest of the city’s arms, which were granted to the Borough of Manchester in 1842. The bee denotes Mancunians’ hard work during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century.