We are very excited at British Dodgeball to be introducing and hosting many more opportunities for international dodgeball next season. We have enjoyed the spectacle of hosting the Northern European Championships in May and can’t wait to do more. Our objectives for international dodgeball are:
* That representing our national teams are affordable for players and staff
* That players, coaches, volunteers and staff are given a strong and sustainable pathway and opportunity to develop
* To ensure British Dodgeball remains at the top of the sport
So this is what we have in store for our international players, spectators and fans of British Dodgeball next season.
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING DATES
The following dates have been kept clear of adult events in our calendar and it is expected that all 4 national teams will be utilising these dates for their training sessions. Unless they have a home nations league fixture.
15th September 2018
13th October 2018
17th November 2018
15th December 2018
19th January 2019
16th February 2019
16th March 2019
27th April 2019
11th May 2019
29 June 2019
HOME NATIONS LEAGUE
Our intention is to create a high performance player pathway that is the envy of all other competing dodgeball nations across the world. That is why we will be introducing a Home Nations League that will see competitive opportunities for new and experienced international players.
Beyond this as the sport grows within our home nations, an under 23’s, an under 19’s and under 16’s home nations league will develop. This pathway from junior to adult and opportunities for development players to represent their home nation will create a conveyor belt of talent that keeps British Dodgeball at the top of the sport. British Dodgeball will be hosting 4 matches between the Home Nations next season. Each nation will play one home and one away match. The nations that do not compete against each other in the 2018/19 season will compete in the following season. Nations will be putting together an A and a B team in each of the 3 categories; men’s, women’s and mixed to compete on the day.
19th Jan 2019 | WALES v ENGLAND | Cardiff
16 Feb 2019 | SCOTLAND v NORTHERN IRELAND | Perth
16th Mar 2019 | ENGLAND v SCOTLAND | Sheffield
27th Apr 2019 | NORTHERN IRELAND v WALES | Belfast
In 2018/19 we will be launching the Great Britain Dodgeball Team. The Great Britain Dodgeball Team will be British Dodgeballs flagship team and we will begin with our first ever match versus Canada on the 20th April 2019 in Sheffield. The Great Britain Dodgeball Team will also be competing in the World Championships in 2019.
Beyond this the Great Britain Dodgeball Team will be competing in the EDBF European Championships and the World Cup, however the timeline for this change is yet to be fully confirmed as there are many factors to consider. What we do know is that the 2019 European Championships in Nottingham will be contested by England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
British Dodgeball want to ensure that this change is completed at the correct time so that it does not feel that opportunities are being taken away but that more opportunities are being created. Not only through competing but through job opportunities, funding, support and development. From September 2018 we will begin work by advertising for Team GB coaches.
Euros 2019 will be hosted by British Dodgeball and will take place at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham over the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019. Alongside our home nation teams we are expecting to see nations from all over Europe competing in what is promised to be the biggest European Dodgeball Championships of all time.