Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 2

Welcome to the next CGG quarterly newsletter!

It’s great to have these look backs over the past few weeks as it really makes us realise what we’ve achieved!

Training news
Our sessions continue at Cheadle College each Tuesday 7.45-9pm. Despite it being in the midst of holiday season we are maintaining great numbers week in week out. We’ll keep you posted about summer holiday arrangements, but are hoping to keep the sessions going throughout July/ August. As long as there’s demand we’ll deliver!!!

Coaching news
We’re really pleased that Anna and Steph successfully completed their level 2 in April. Steph has been running some great sessions for us, check out her bio on our website. Unfortunately Anna broke her finger badly on the day, but now it’s healing is looking forward to getting stuck back in at the club!!! There is a level 2 running in Manchester on 8th July. If anyone is interested please speak to us as there may be potential for subsidy.

We took part in the Manchester Open in April and thoroughly enjoyed it. The British Dodgeball Opens are always a great opportunity to develop and learn from the experience. They also enable us to meet the fantastic wider dodgeball community. Don’t be afraid of joining us on one if you’re new to the club. New season open dates should be released in July so we will get a planner going once out.

We also took part in a friendly with our friends Wirral Warriors in May which was great fun.

We look forward to seeing those great girls again soon!


The pilot British Dodgeball city league started in April and runs through to August. It’s a mixed league and we’ve been fortunate to have some great guys playing with us,

which enabled us to enter 3 teams!!! Feedback from our members has been ace! All the ladies are enjoying and developing from it. As a club we are loving the opportunity to mix it up with the guys, and other club members that have joined us. It shows the amazing diversity of Manchester dodgeball … we have MUDS/Bees/Griffins/Storm all playing together, all levels of experience which epitomises the inclusivity of the sport! We look forward to the next 3 meets and to see what British Dodgeball have planned from Sept onwards.

We are thrilled to have adopted Emmeline’s Pantry as our CGG chosen charity. Emmeline’s is a Manchester food-bank with a difference. It helps women that have found themselves in difficult circumstances, and their children. You can read more on their website .

We have done 2 collections for them so far, a toiletry collection in May and most recently a clothing collection. Your generosity has been overwhelming and we look forward to continuing to support them.

We also did a CGG tournament for Sports Relief and raised an amazing £121!! We cannot thank you all enough #deedsnotwords

If any newer members want to order training tops or tournament tops let us know. These have been hugely popular! CGG have customised balls on order too and if you want your own you can buy for £10

Club development
In May we successfully applied and were granted council funding to develop a community children’s dodgeball club. The council were very keen to support this. So we are excited to be starting a children’s element up in September at Cheadle College each Tuesday from 6.30-7.30pm. Any help in supporting sessions / publicising them will be most appreciated, and do please bring your little Grifflets along!

Community engagement
We love spreading the dodgeball word and getting people involved in the sport we love! Emma M & Linzi delivered a session to Gatley Guides in May. Not sure if the girls or the ladies enjoyed it more!, but it was a great evening and we’ve promised to repeat one in autumn.

Gatley Sports Day took place in April and we went along and got lots of people playing dodgeball!!

Gatley Festival is next on our agenda on 1 July where we will have a stand promoting all things dodgeball #comejoinin

Get social!
Don’t forget you can follow us on insta/ Facebook/Twitter.

We’ve enjoyed a couple of lovely socials at our sponsor restaurant Piccolo, and most recently Yara. Our social secretary is busily arranging the next!

Don’t forget we have a competition running throughout the summer months. Post pics of you wearing your Griffins tops on tour and 2 of you will be randomly selected to win a CGG customised dodgeball. Get snapping your summer adventures!

Upcoming events / dates
3rd League meet 25 June
4th League meet 23 July
5th League meet with social afterwards 20 August
Gatley Festival 1 July
Delicious Express charity open ( followed by British Dodgeball AGM/ delicious social) 14 July
British Champs 23 June
MUDS fundraiser 21 July
CGG fundraiser 23 Sept

Please ask if you would like any further information on any of the above.

Thanks for reading and being part of our dodgeball family
CGG Committee

Committee Roles 

Chairman: Linzi McCoy

Treasurers: Rose Batty & Catherine Offord

Secretary: Rebecca Rooney

Welfare Officer: Louise Birchall

Social Secretary: Emma Milser

League/Tournament Coordinators: Linzi McCoy, Emma Milser & Steph Walker

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 1

New beginnings for the club

Welcome to the first CGG quarterly newsletter!

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the club to match up to storm Emma.

Firstly, we are now a self funded club. This has been necessary due to funding coming to an end for the Life Leisure project “I wish I’d tried” that originally enabled Kingsway Queens to establish. In order to sustain the club we all love we have had to become self sufficient.

This coincided with Emma and Linzi successfully completing their level 2 coaching qualification, so they have taken on the role of running the sessions currently.

We would like to sincerely thank you all for being incredibly supportive. We have all pulled together and we hope this signals new beginnings for the club. It’s a very exciting time, and we all seem to share the desire to make it a success. This is OUR club, let’s own it girls!

Clearly now we are self funding, one of our main objectives needs to be to maintain the fantastic number of players we have had turning out each week.

It’s been great to welcome new players and many of our members that started at the beginning of the year are returning week after week.

You’ll have noticed the onslaught of Social Media promotion! We now have our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Please share social media as widely as possible to continue to spread the word.

Our Constitution

Okay, now for the official stuff to be explained…

We are now a British Dodgeball Member Club. This is subject to an annual fee, and provides us with public liability and personal insurance. It enables us to enter all BD tournaments and league events and receive support from BD. Check out their website www.britishdodgeball. org and Facebook. Both have lots of great information.

We have put a committee together as follows:

Chairman Linzi McCoy

Treasurers Rose Batty & Catherine Offord

Secretary Rebecca Rooney

Welfare Officer Louise Birchall

Social Secretary Emma Milser

There are additional roles if anyone would like to volunteer.

New Website

We have a brilliant new website

Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Rooney (not Wayne and Coleen) for designing it for us, they have done us proud.

As well as our basic club and training details there are also links to rules and all our club documents.

Get Social!

We are now live with our own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, and have gained a huge amount of followers!

Please give us a follow if you haven’t already and share posts to spread the word about our club.

We are having a real life social on Friday 23 March 8pm at Picollo—hope you can make it!


We are excited to have had some media coverage!

So Cheshire featured a great press release, Salutions publish- ers have 4 local lifestyle magazines, and mentioned us in their Didsbury Life edition. They are developing their new website and have said they want to feature us on it, watch this space.

We also have a short interview about the club’s development next Thursday 8 March on Wythenshawe FM 97.2 scheduled for 1.20pm. Tune in if you can!

Sponsorship News

We are pleased to announce that Piccolo Restaurant and Bar in Gatley Village have offered to sponsor us this year! This will help with running costs of the club and to purchase some new equipment we need. We will keep you posted! We look forward to our first social of the year at the venue on 23 March.

In addition, Stein in Hazel Grove have generously provided us with some funding towards new training kit. We will have more news on this soon.

We are really grateful for the support from both of these organisations to help us get off the ground.

Coaching Update

Emma and Linzi qualified as level 2 British Dodgeball coaches in February. Neither have come from a coaching background so it’s been a steep learning curve but a very rewarding one!

We are pleased to announce that Steph, Anna and Helen have also signed up to do their level 2, so we will have 5 home grown coaches by the end of May.

Good luck ladies, not that any of you need it, you will all smash it and bring lots back to the club.

Local Events Tournaments

Please look out on social media for local upcoming events.

Manchester Bees are a very active dodgeball community and we are lucky to have their experience to tap into.

Their all comer sessions are held on Thursday Evenings from 8- 9.30pm at The Academy School in Manchester. We won’t lie, these are gruelling and expertly run by head coach Bru. But they are also great fun, there’s lots of laughter and your skills develop leaps and bounds.

Bees are holding a Comic Relief doubles tournament to raise money on Thursday 15 March. This sounds like great fun and a really worthy cause!

Finally, Bees are hosting a friendly tournament on 25 March which we will send a team along to.

What busy Bees they are….

Our next British Dodgeball opens are:

East Midlands 3rd March

Manchester 22nd April

We’ll give more news on these at sessions.


Training continues every Tuesday 7.45-8.45 pm at Cheadle College.

As always the main focus of these is fun and fitness!