Given dodgeball’s ever-growing popularity, this week we take a look at the future of the sport, focussing on the players and clubs affiliated with Mr Dodgeball’s Manchester Junior Bees!
Mr. Dodgeball clubs are now coaching over 200 children a week across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.
The Manchester Junior Bees’ team is selected from members of all the clubs.
We are delighted and immensely proud of our Junior Bees for qualifying for this year’s National Finals in Leicester!
Having a clear pathway of progression from our junior clubs to the Manchester Bees Academy then on to the adult section is an exciting step forwards for dodgeball in the Manchester area.
The club sessions aim to teach the basics of dodgeball through varied drills and games, focussing on different skills each week and developing strategies and team play.
The standards of play at each club improve week on week. The Heaton Hurricanes broke all records recently with a fabulous turnout of 57 – and to top it off, the Hurricanes recently won the first ever Manchester Cup!
The friendly rivalry between the Hurricanes and their neighbours, the Avondale Avalanches, is demonstrated at our monthly inter-club tournament. Members of Manchester Bees’ various grown up teams regularly go along to help out and love watching the play and fantastic team spirit on display – the players are a true credit to their clubs and to Mr Dodgeball.
The quality of play at Handforth Hawks, a club launched by Mr Dodgeball around 18 months ago, has improved tremendously and the Hawks are now the lower junior trophy holders for the last 3 tournaments in a row!
What is also evident at these tournaments is the nurturing role the older children at the clubs take with the clubs’ younger players.
The growing popularity of Dodgeball means that Mr Dodgeball is about to open his 13th club in the region. The Macclesfield Marvels will be having their first session on Saturday 10 June (details below).
Our current junior clubs sessions are:
Horwich Heat Tuesdays, 5-6pm St Elizabeth’s Church HALL, Horwich BL6 6EU
Heaton Hurricanes Wednesdays, 6-7pm St Anne’s High school, Glenfield Road, Stockport, SK4 2QP
Altrincham Dodgers Thursdays, 5.20-6.20pm The Hub, Pownall Road, Altrincham, WA14 2SZ
Avondale Avalanche Thursdays, 7-8pm, Stockport Academy, Heathbank Road
Handforth Hawks Saturdays, 9-10 Handforth Scout Hut, Old Road, Handforth.
Macclesfield Marvels Saturdays, 10.45-11.45 St Pauls Parish Centre, Glegg Street Macclesfield.
And what does Mr Dodgeball’s Chris Riley have to say about the Bees?
“Our hope is that our grass roots approach and affiliation with the Manchester Bees will lead to the next generation of international dodgeball players. We have some exciting talent at our clubs and can’t wait to see how they progress!
The boys’ standard is really high and we have high hopes for the girls too, in particular Caitlyn from Horwich Heat and Belle from Avondale Avalanche – so watch this space!
We can’t thank the Manchester Bees enough for their continuing support of Mr. Dodgeball’s clubs, members and the invaluable input given at our tournaments and events. We really couldn’t do it without you!!”
For grown ups who are interested in taking part, the Manchester Bees hold all-comers sessions on Tuesdays at Manchester Academy School, M14 4PX. You can find out more on the Manchester Bees facebook page! For those interested in Mr Dodgeball’s junior clubs, you can find out more by visiting Mr Dodgeball’s website, facebook page or instagram.