WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2020 – Official Launch

Today, the WDBF World Championships Launch Event is taking place at Eastbank Academy in Glasgow.

The World Championships will be held on September 1st-6th 2020 at the Emirates Arena, and play host to both men’s and women’s cloth and foam competitions. It will involve 48 of the top teams in the world displaying their prowess on court in a display of frantic action.

The event objectives are two-fold:

  1. Show elite-level dodgeball to a wider audience, both locally by attracting crowds of spectators, and internationally via the use of a livestream system, and attract mainstream media attention in the UK.
  2. Develop a lasting legacy from the event, giving opportunities for education and participation in dodgeball in a range of environments such as schools and the community.

Mirroring the latter objective, the launch event will consist of children from 5 primary schools taking part in a dodgeball festival which will be officiated by newly-trained young leaders from Eastbank Academy.

 

Launch speech transcript

Ben Hoyle
British Dodgeball
Director of Development

“Today we welcome over 60 children from local schools in the East End of Glasgow to the World Dodgeball Championships 2020 launch event here at Eastbank Academy.

The Glasgow World Dodgeball Championships in September 2020 are going to be the largest dodgeball event in history and welcome the best players from around the World to the city.

The Championships are about more than just the event next September though. They are about creating a legacy for the sport of dodgeball in a new area of the U.K. that starts here today. Between now and the World Championships we will be delivering programs that generate more opportunities for children, young people and adults alike to play dodgeball in Glasgow and further beyond in Scotland. We will be delivering training for teachers, students and coaches, providing opportunities for leaders and volunteers, delivering festivals and competitions and working with local partners to grow sustainable dodgeball clubs.

I am pleased to announce British Dodgeball’s charity partner for the 2020 World Championships ‘Dreams Come True’, a charity working to enrich the lives of seriously ill young people. Our partnership will see a host of events delivered in the build up and during the Championships that support their ideals and form part of our continuing legacy for Glasgow.”