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Welcome to the website of Cheadle & Gatley Griffins Dodgeball Club

Fancy trying something new? Come and join our weekly training session. All abilities welcome!

Please note:    Junior training sessions finish for summer on Tuesday 23 July 2019 and resume on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

 

 

 

Who We Are

Cheadle & Gatley Griffins Dodgeball Club were originally a ladies group set up by Life Leisure in October 2016 as part of a “Wish I Tried” incentive in Stockport.

18 months later two of our members, Emma Milser and Linzi McCoy,  qualified as British Dodgeball level 2 coaches and took over running the sessions on a Tuesday Evening at Cheadle College, Cheadle Hulme.

This enabled the club to become a self-sufficient and British Dodgeball recognised member club, being funded by the subs of £3.50 that are paid each week on a pay when you play basis.

Our members range from ages 6 to 60 and the main focus for our sessions are to have fun and making new friends along the way.

In September 2018 we successfully launched our junior section, for ages 6 to 16 which has been a real success, led by Coach Jordan Black (Manchester Bees).

In May 2019 we were very excited to start our men’s section,  led by Coach Sam Wrench (Team GB and England Lions).

Dodgeball is a great way to get fit and have fun at the same time. There are no limitations on age, fitness or size in this sport, it is truly a sport for all.

We have met some really nice teams along the way, entering tournaments for those who like the more competitive side, who have shown lots of encouragement and support.

We play every Tuesday evening at Cheadle College, all abilities are welcome, come down and join the fun and don’t forget to follow our adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our Coaches

Emma Milser
I live in Gatley, I’m a wife, mum to two girls and have been a nurse since I was 19 years old. My career, mostly in critical care has taught me many things…fundamentally that I love meeting and dealing with people from all walks of life…and that life can be very short. Hence, when I saw a local Facebook post for ‘I Wish I’d tried’ ladies dodgeball I jumped at the chance to try something new!

I’ve not played a team sport since I was at school and soon found that I really enjoyed the camaraderie and fun that playing dodgeball brought.

Fast forward 18 months and I’m still loving playing and have made firm friendships through the team. I’ve also been introduced to many lovely members of the wider dodgeball community.

Linzi McCoy and I recently completed our level 2 dodgeball coaching qualification which coincided with the club becoming self sufficient. So I have now taken over coaching alongside Linzi, who has been a good friend for several years.

It’s a steep learning curve, but we are passionate about the club and the sport. We have great members who are incredibly supportive and we couldn’t be doing this without them!

Linzi McCoy
I have lived in the Cheadle / Heald Green area all my life, I’m married and have a daughter who also loves dodgeball. I work as an accounts manager for a small company in Hazel Grove and have been there for 12 years.

I have known Emma Milser for several years and when she suggested trying dodgeball I thought ‘why not’ it would be a great chance to try something new and meet new people. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a team sport like this and I really enjoyed it, the fun of playing dodgeball was really refreshing. I’ve now played for 18 months and have made many friendships, both on the team and across British Dodgeball, and everyone is very supportive.

Along with Emma, I recently completed my level 2 dodgeball coaching qualification just as our club became self sufficient, so we have now taken over the coaching. It’s an exciting new era for the club which we are really looking forward to, and the support of our members drives us forward.

Kate Pickup

I work in retail and manage my own store in Wilmslow.

Growing up I was always sporty playing football and tennis. Living near Lyme Park and a stone’s throw from the peak district I try to get out walking and bike riding as often as possible.

I joined Cheadle and Gatley Griffins just as the club was becoming independent after a friend saw the club advertised on social media. I’d never heard of dodgeball before and was a total novice but everyone was so lovely, welcoming and patient that I fell in love with it and never left.

As you get to understand the game better and watch more experienced teams you start to understand there is a greater tactical, almost choreographed, side of the game that can be incredibly exciting to watch. Which has lead me to take my level 2 coaching badge in dodgeball and soon my level 3.

The wonderful thing about this club is that we are all learning together – we go to matches and tournaments; learning new things all the time then we can’t wait to get back to training to share everything we’ve learnt with the others. As a result, there is always a buzz at training as we evolve and grow the team which is only limited by our own imagination.

Also it’s cheaper than therapy!

Steph Walker 
My whole life has been in sport, I started as a gymnast, then trampolinist, netballer, hockey player and more recently a dodgeballer. I have been teaching PE for 11 years now and spent the last 7 years at a wonderful school in Cheadle Hulme, which is where I heard about the club, as a colleague’s wife invited me to join her at a session and we were both immediately hooked!

Within my time teaching, the one sport that all the kids beg for is dodgeball, from the teenagers to the reception students, everyone loves it and I have always wanted to give it a go. I have been at the club for 14 months and I just love how much fun we have and how inclusive a sport it is. Not to mention how much of a lovely bunch of ladies we have at the club, which is what really makes it for me. I have recently completed my Level 2 coaching qualification and I am really looking forward to working alongside Emma and Linzi to support and help develop our club.

Training Sessions

We train on Tuesday evenings

6:30pm to 7:30pm JUNIORS (ages 6-16 years)

7:45pm to 9pm ADULTS

at:

Cheadle College

Cheadle Road

Cheadle Hulme

SK8 5HA

£3.50 per session. First session free!

How to Find Us

Email: dodge@cheadlegatleygriffins.co.uk

Address: Cheadle College, Cheadle Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5HA

 

NOTICE – TEMPORARY CHANGE TO VENUE: Training will take place at Manchester Enterprise Academy, Simonsway, Wythenshawe M22 9RH on the following dates: 21 May, 28 May (no kids session this week), 4 June, 11 June.