Now “Dodgeball” has hit Huddersfield.
A Dodgeball Society was launched at the end of a successful ‘Lifestyle’ week at Huddersfield New College to help educate students about health.
The society was launched during the college’s health week as part of the campaign UP For It, which encourages students to be more active following the success of the popular film Dodgeball starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
In the film, dodgeball is an American sport where two teams try to eliminate each member of the opposing team by hitting them with a ball. It can be played by both sexes.
Lynne Cliffe, organiser of UP For It, said: “We wanted to bring something fun and different to the local students of Kirklees.
Dodgeball is the ideal activity for young people of all abilities and it encourages those who otherwise shy away from the more everyday competitive sports to get involved by joining in the fun. They can play any time and create teams with their friends.”
Healthy college co-ordinator Kate Birch said: “The dodgeball and the Lifestyle week has been extremely successful. Not only did we have a lot of students using the health check service, but it was been successful promoting new sports.”
Principal Angela Williams said: “It has been a really enjoyable week underpinned with a strong message about the importance of looking after your physical and mental health and well-being.”
Lifestyle week was part of New College’s commitment to maintaining the Healthy College Standards. Students were offered a range of health activities including street dancing workshops, stop smoking sessions and confidential chlamydia screening.
The new dodgeball society is open to university and college students and will end with a tournament later this year.
For more information on events, competitions and tournaments visit: www.up-forit.com/dodgeit