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
Enderby Brass band are in the process of change and are advertising for a new Musical Director as a result of Jonathan Mott’s enforced retirement through ill health.
The band had hoped he would be in a position to resume his role once back to full health, but he has decided to step down.
The organisation says it intends to use the appointment of a new Musical Director to open a new chapter in the band’s illustrious history.
As so often happens when a band is without a permanent full time Musical Director, a number of players have been tempted away to other bands and so the organisation is therefore looking to recruit around half a dozen players to bring them back to full strength.
The band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm; then some call in at the pub on the way home!
Alongside ‘Enderby Band’, their partner bands in the Organisation (the Youth, Junior, Concert and Wind Bands) continue to thrive with a combined membership of over 100 players.
The Youth Band recently finished in joint first place at the Action Medical Research Youth Brass Band Entertainment Festival of Great Britain.
All four bands welcome beginners through to experienced musicians of all ages, allowing them the opportunity to enjoy their playing.
Any former player with the band – or a player wishing to join a successful friendly band can call Dave Stanley, Senior Band Chairman, on 0116 2866103 or Chris Stanley (Stan), Senior Band Manager, on 07855 625556.
Stan vcan also be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of the bands or details for attending a rehearsal.