Members of the Enderby Dodgeball Academy have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious local sports awards.
The Blaby Sports Awards are delivered to honour the achievements of individuals, sports clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers that make an outstanding contribution to sport or health related activities in the Blaby District.
The awards are not just about recognising those who compete in sport they also celebrate the achievements of volunteers who give up their spare time to coach or those that often go unnoticed by work tirelessly behind the scenes to help a club operate smoothly.
A posting on Enderby Dodgeball Academy’s facebook page today announced:
We are delighted to announce that Liam O’Sheehan has been short-listed for Coach Of The Year at the Blaby Sports Awards for his incredible work with the Junior Club.
All award winners are automatcially entered into the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards.
The good news doesn’t stop there… the club’s facebook post goes on to say that Academy member Shaun Scott has also been shortlisted for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for his services to Dodgeball and the Enderby club.
The Leicester City Ligers have also been shortlisted for Team of the year following there success at the UK Nationals.
A spokesperson for the Enderby Dodgeball Academy said:
We are over the moon to be recognised by our local district and look forward to the awards on 24th November.
On Sunday January 25th, Enderby Junior Dodgeballers celebrated their first anniversary by holding an Enderby Junior Dodgeball Awards party.
The junior group began in January 2014 and has enjoyed significant popularity throughout its first twelve months. Sessions are held weekly on Sunday mornings at Enderby Leisure Centre
The first hour (9.30am-10.30am) is for 5-10 year olds and the second hour (10.30am-11.30am) is for 11-14 year olds. Player subscription for each session is just £2. New for 2015, the 1st session is free for new members.
The Junior club is run by Head of Youth Development Liam O’Sheehan.
A good number of awards were made for commitment, most improved player and winners of individual competitions (some snapshots, posted on the Junior Dodgeball Facebook Page are reproduced below).
The ceremony took place prior to a party in Studio 2 of the Enderby Leisure Centre and before presenting the awards, coach Liam O’Sheehan said the players had really taken the sport to heart and shown great commitment. He said the standard achieved in the first year had been exceptionally high.
Awards were in the shape of small engraved trophies and medallions and a message on the Junior Club’s Facebook page says …. “A big thankyou to ‘ezee-trophies.co.uk‘ who saved the day when the [original] supplier let us down with just 48hrs notice.”
Enderby Dodgeball Club has passed another milestone in its exciting mission to establish the Enderby club as a major hub on the national dodgeball map.
In December 2013 the club was awarded funding to set up a Junior Club at the start of 2014 and the first session took place at Enderby Leisure Centre on Saturday 25th January. The new Junior Club runs between 1.30pm until 3.30pm
This means the Club has been able to attain Academy status and develop dodgeball talent across ages 5yrs to 40yrs+.
Each new junior player gets a free welcome pack on arrival. Anyone requiring more information or who wishes to register interest can email email@example.com or click on the Junior Section area of the Club’s website http://www.enderbydodgeball.co.uk/
The cost to join in is a snip at just £2 per player!
Enderby Dodgeball Club formed in January 2009 and the Academy status is a personal ‘dream come true’ for the club’s Chairman and driving force, 30yr old Simon Moody. Together with the club’s Head of Youth Development, Liam O’Sheehan, Simon will oversee the new junior sessions.
The Junior Club sessions have been arranged in two parts on each Saturday with the first hour being for members 5-10 yrs of age (1.30pm – 2.30pm) and the second hour for those 11-14 yrs of age (2.30pm-3.30pm).
In June 2011 the club’s girls team, the ‘Leicester Ligresses’ finished up 3rd in the UK National Championships (see the EYE archived news item here). Later that same year they won the award ‘Blaby Sports Team of the Year’. Since then all sections of the club have distinguished themselves in the sport and the club has staged its own championship event.
In May 2012 the club received a guest from the Japanese Dodgeball League and in July 2012 an American NDL player attended the Club.
Dodgeball is officially recognised as a sport in the UK by Sport England. The National Governing Body for Dodgeball in the UK is the United Kingdom Dodgeball Association (UKDBA).
In UK Dodgeball Rules the main objective is to eliminate the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls or catching a ball thrown by the opposing team. In the UK Version there are only 3 balls in a game and each team has 6 players.
Dodgeball is a great sport to keep fit, meet new friends, and is a sport that involves both team and individual work.
To read more about the club visit the Enderby Dodgeball Academy website