Club Support

British Dodgeball does not yet receive any core funding from the Home Nations Sports Councils, but that doesn’t stop us from offering a range of advice, resources and support in order to help our member clubs to develop dodgeball in the UK.

Club Development Guides – Guides which can help you to set up a new club or improve an existing one.

Club Development Resources – Resources which you can use as templates for your club.

New Club Award – Apply now for support setting up a new club.

Funding Guidance – Read about funding pots and how British Dodgeball can help you to secure funding for your new club activity.

The following guides are available to assist clubs at various stages along their journey. From their inception as a brand new dodgeball club and how to go about putting everything in place to those established and developing clubs that want to achieve a higher level of status

Club Start-Up Guide

University Dodgeball – New Club & New Year Guide

Clubmark Guide*

GDPR Guide

*The national Clubmark Accreditation Scheme has finished but this guide will remain live due to recommendations of best practice contained within.

Looking to set up a new club? We want to work with you! You can apply for the British Dodgeball New Club Award here. Alternatively, check out the funding support we can work with you to secure, providing you with coach education, venue hire for initial set-up period, marketing and more. For advice on setting up a new club, please look at our Club Start-Up Guide.

The British Dodgeball New Club Award is a scheme which aims to provide support to new clubs in order to help ensure that they can become sustainable and become places where people can go to get active, socialise and enjoy the benefits of play.

The support British Dodgeball will provide as part of the New Club Award includes:

  • Free set of dodgeballs to get the club started.
  • Free first season of club membership.
  • Advice and support from a member of British Dodgeball’s development staff.

To qualify for the scheme, applicants must:

  • Be planning to set up a new community dodgeball club, or a new section at an existing club (informal sessions ran by a youth centres, and afterschool clubs are not eligible).
  • Have a constitution outlining how their club will be operated on a non-profit basis (clubs ran on a for-profit basis are not eligible).
  • Have a committee of at least three people willing to assist in running the club (this is necessary when applying for an organisation bank account).
  • Commit to working towards a series of minimum operating standards including identifying a welfare officer and reporting back participation data to British Dodgeball.

To apply for the scheme, please fill out the form below:

Funding is available in some areas of the U.K. for new projects. This could be:

  • Setting up a completely new community dodgeball club.
  • Setting up a junior, or women’s section at an existing community club.
  • Setting up a satellite club (a new session at a new venue ran by an existing club) in order to give more people the opportunity to play.

Outlined below are some of the funding pots which British Dodgeball may be able to help you access. To request bid writing help from British Dodgeball, please email hello@britishdodgeball.com outlining details around your proposed new club and the work you have done so far (e.g. sourced a venue, found two more people willing to help run the club etc.).

Awards for all (All Regions):
The National Lottery Awards For All scheme offers between £300 and £10,000 of support to community groups who want to set up a club in order to ‘bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities’ or ‘help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage’. If this sounds like it links well with your proposed new club’s goals, then we can apply for funding for training new coaches, new equipment, venue hire for a certain number of months, leadership courses to raise self-esteem, competition entry and marketing.

Satellite Clubs funding (England-only):
Satellite Clubs funding is available to groups looking to create new opportunities for people aged 14-19 to participate in physical activity. As the funding is regionalised, each Active Partnership has a different priority; they may focus on certain groups such as ethnic minorities, females or economically disadvantaged. If you want to run a session which includes people of this age group, we can apply for funding for training new coaches, new equipment, venue hire for a certain number of months, leadership courses to raise self-esteem, competition entry and marketing.

Small Grants Scheme (England-only):
The Small Grants Scheme offers up to £10,000 to ‘support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity, whether this is formal sport or informal activity aiming to help people lead more active lifestyles’. The funding’s main aims are: ‘Getting inactive people to become more active’, ‘Developing lasting sporting habits’, and ‘Developing more positive attitudes among young people’. In terms of demographics, they want to fund projects which focus on people on lower incomes, supporting inactive people to become more active, women and black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and fund projects for a range of ages including children as young as 5 years old.

Community Chest (Wales-only):
Community Chest funding offers up to £1,500 to community groups who want to create new opportunities for people to participate in physical activity. If you want to set up a new dodgeball session in Wales, we can apply for funding for training new coaches, new equipment, venue hire for a certain number of months, leadership courses to raise self-esteem, competition entry and marketing.

Local Funding (All Regions):
Each county and city varies in what local pots of funding are available. There may be something relevant for your new club by searching locally which could cover some start-up costs. As each opportunity is individual, amounts and what can be funded varies and must be explore on a case-by-case basis.

Email hello@britishdodgeball.com if you would like more information on these funding pots, or have an exciting project idea and want to secure funding in order to help you develop dodgeball in your area!