Dodgeball in the North East
Dodgeball North East has come a long way since Angela Karamath set up the organisation in January 2015. Originally established to introduce the sport of dodgeball into school PE lessons, Angela quickly found there was a demand for afterschool clubs to be established, followed by an over 18s club being set up at the Raich Carter Centre in Sunderland.
"I think that it has proved to be so popular because we focus on coming to the sessions to have fun and enjoy the game. We emphasise the importance of everyone taking responsibility for abiding by the rules, which leads to great team spirit and sportsmanship, and in turn, that makes the games more enjoyable for everyone."
As an ex-teacher, Angela understands how to engage with the schools and how to ensure the dodgeball sessions are adapted to suit what the children want. This has led to demand for PE sessions, breakfast clubs, lunchtime sessions and after-school clubs. However, establishing the adult club proved to be a lot more challenging.
"Getting enough interest for the adult group was really hard but I didn't want to give up. We started by putting on an eight-week beginners course which ended with the group entering into a local dodgeball competition. And our team won it!"
"Because the team wanted to carry on playing, we set up the club and now have about 15 adults aged between 18 and 50, coming along to play regularly."
Angela believes that the key to the success of the dodgeball clubs is knowing the audience well and providing them with a variety of opportunities to keep them interested and enjoying the game.
On her plans for the future, Angela said, "I hope that the profile of dodgeball in the North East will increase and lead to more people in the North East playing the game and more teams being established."