About Dodgeball UK
Over 5000 people have dodgeballed with Dodgeball UK since its inception one afternoon, probably a Tuesday, back in 2009. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, dodging the obstacles (and wrenches!) that inevitably occur with any venture.
Dodgeball UK’s main office is in London but events are by no means restricted to the capital. Dodgeball UK organise leagues, tourneys and private sessions all over the country as far and wide as Leeds, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cornwall, Nottingham, Edinburgh and other marvellous areas. If you want to play dodgeball, wherever you are, Dodgeball UK will arrange it for you.
Dodgeball UK has also seen some of the most artistic, silly and inventive team ‘kits’, as well as some ludicrous team names. It’s all part of the fun, and of course an integral aspect of the now legendary Apres-Dodgeball! afterwards, and during, is as important as the dodgeball itself. We’ve even had a few couples meet at Dodgeball UK, we just hope they don’t hold that against us in future!
Dodgeball UK was founded by Andy Stedman after he saw the film and fancied throwing balls at his mates. Both of them. Nobody else was organising decent dodgeball events so he decided to start them himself – the dragons would be proud (well maybe not Deborah, she’s scary!) Dodgeball UK has grown steadily with 8 full time staff and numerous regular hosts/refs who do a grand job of making sure everyone has a great time, within the rules of course…
The premise behind Dodgeball UK is that you have the opportunity to do something different that is very sociable and that anyone can play. Everyone starts on a level playing field (all beginners!) and everyone can enjoy the game – younger/older, larger/smaller, faster/slower – you get the drift. All we ask is that you bring your sense of humour.
Over the last couple of years Dodgeball UK has had some prestigious clients, as well as the varied and officially fun individuals who come and play in our leagues with their friends each week. 2013 sees us continue expanding throughout the UK and also, very excitingly, we have started Dodgeball SA (South Africa) in partnership with our friends down there.
Dodgeball UK have one successful franchise up and running in Manchester, and we are actively looking for other potential franchisees to put themselves forward and apply for an area in which to run Dodgeball UK. Dodgeball is a fast-growing sport and this is a fantastic and probably one-off chance for dedicated and intelligent entrepreneurs to get involved.
So what are you waiting for – get involved and tell your mates. See you at an event soon!
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and…DRINK!
Dodgeball UK Ethos
Our over-riding ethos is that we want everyone to get involved and play.
Dodgeball is a sport that anyone can have a go at, and we provide an inclusive and ridiculously fun atmosphere for that to happen. As well as the dodgeball itself we encourage socialising before, during and after events (après-dodgeball). Genuine lasting friendships have been made at Dodgeball UK events, and although we haven’t had a dodgeball wedding yet it’s still early days! Dodgeball is also a game where honesty and honour are vital. With 6 balls in play, it is hard for referees to make correct decisions every time. We’re proud that our events are generally played in a spirit of fairness, and that anyone seen to be cheating gets roundly booed! Most of our events are mixed and we love it that way.
What other sport can you genuinely play with all your friends and it still be competitive? We have a couple of rules to help make the female players’ more influential in the games, and these are meant to be helpful and not sexist! We also have male and female refs.
Dodgeball is for everyone!