The first Active Workplace Dodgeball event got off to a flying start in the showcase event with a confident win by Sunderland based team 4B Engineering.
The Dodgeball tournament run by Tyne & Wear Sport in partnership with Dodgeball North East took place at The Raich Carter Sports Centre in Sunderland on Thursday 3 November 2016, to give people in workplaces in Tyne and Wear a chance to try a new sport and get active with friends.
Craig Hodgson, Active Workplace Project Officer said: “At Tyne & Wear Sport we aim to encourage people to become more active through sport, so it was great to see so many workplaces entered into our first ever Active Workplace Dodgeball Tournament. The event was expertly run by Dodgeball North East and it was so obvious to see that everyone had a really enjoyable evening. The tournament was competitive and 4B Engineering were very worthy winners, huge congratulations to them. We hope to welcome everyone back for another Dodgeball Tournament in 2017, so watch this space!”
In total, eight workplace teams from across Tyne and Wear took part in the dodgeball event and the runners up included Virgin Money, Ward Hadaway, two Barclay’s teams, DWP and NTW NHS.
Angela Karamath from Dodgeball North East said: “The event was a brilliant success and it was fantastic that so many people experienced the sport for the first time. Teams quickly picked up the rules and it was great to see participants being active and enjoying themselves while exercising.”
The Active Workplace programme was set up by Tyne and Wear Sport to give people in the workplace the opportunity to get more active through sport. The programme offers over 40 different sports and activities ranging from fitness classes such as Pilates, Zumba and Metafit to less traditional activities such as Dodgeball, Fencing and Ballroom Dancing. The benefit for the employer is that companies can see reduced absenteeism and increased staff morale.
High spirits among the teams were apparent said Angela Karamath: “NTW NHS were my winners on the night as despite coming last, the team didn't give up. They played by the rules and showed amazing spirit, which is what dodgeball is all about. Our ultimate aim is to share our passion of dodgeball with the rest of the region and get as many people playing the sport as possible. It would be fantastic to build on the success of the tournament by having even more teams involved next year.”