New Dodgeball Academy quickly proves popular

A thriving Shropshire sports coaching company has become the first in the county to offer weekly sessions in the increasingly popular sport of dodgeball.
Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport, who deliver sport across the curriculum in a number of Shropshire schools, are running a Dodgeball Academy in Telford for youngsters every Monday night.
Open to youngsters aged between five and 11, sessions are held at Hadley Learning Community between 5 and 6pm.

Gavin Cowan, director of Crossbar, said the response to the Dodgeball Academy had been encouraging, but he stressed there is room for more local youngsters to get involved in an exciting sport which is growing in popularity all the time.
He added: "We have delivered dodgeball sessions in the schools that we work in and they have proved to be very popular so that was the idea behind starting an Academy.
"Dodgeball is a brilliant sport because it includes all the fundamentals you need to enhance physical literacy like balance, co-ordination and agility. They all come under that umbrella.

"We have the music playing and it's all about fun with lots of tournaments and matches. Our coaches also do some skills sessions with the children, working on their catching, their sending and receiving of the ball.

"Numbers have quickly started to increase as the children are going away and telling their friends to come along and get involved. It's great for us that it's getting bigger all the time thanks to word of mouth from the children having a great time.

"We're hoping it will continue to grow and grow so we can perhaps also launch a Dodgeball Academy in Shrewsbury and go from there."
Dodgeball is a game in which players on two teams try to throw balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves. In the United States, it is usually played among children aged between six and 12 in elementary school .
But internationally the sport has also become popular with older age groups.

The object of the game is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.
Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport, renowned for their popular school holiday football and multi-sport courses, also run football Academies at Shrewsbury's Wilfred Owen School and Telford College of Arts & Technology for youngsters in partnership with the Shropshire Schools and Colleges FA.

Families can take advantage of Crossbar being Ofsted registered and they also offer a childcare voucher scheme.


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