Emirates Old Trafford Hosts Dodgeball Event
Hot on the heels of the inaugural dodgeball world cup in Manchester, Sporting Foundations for Life (SF4L) united several local community groups across Trafford and Salford in a dodgeball showdown at the Trafford Cricket Centre at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
SF4L is part of the LCCC Foundation the charitable arm of the club, which over the last 18 months has worked with almost 4000 young people in a range of sports from traditional ones such as football, rugby and basketball, to alternative activities such as Thai Boxing and parkour/free running.
Young people aged between 12- 16 came head to head in a tournament which saw some incredible skill on show. The beauty of dodgeball is the thrill of being encouraged to hit people with the ball, and its ability to engage young people of varying ability in sporting activity. Such a sport is a rarity, and was evident when many of the young people were desperate to play as long as possible!
Multi-sport Activity Leader Kate Williams said: “Organising tournaments that unite young people in the local community is pivotal in engaging young people in sport. It offers a safe environment for young people to enjoy themselves and get fit.
"Dodgeball is so much fun, and all the young people involved had an excellent time. The centre was filled with laughing; I’m looking forward to running more tournaments in the future”
Manchester Bees dodgeball team were on hand to assist with the referring, giving us a little glimpse of the hardcore side of competitive dodgeball. Positive role models are great examples, showing how belonging to a sports club can have a positive impact on other aspects of life. They also answered lots of questions on their sport.