Thank you to our sponsors
A huge thank you to M. BELL TRANSPORT and A. MASON TRANSPORT
for their kind donations of new custom made dodgeballs.
No longer active but a fun sport, a fun way to keep fit with a great motivator that is
Glyn Marston decided that he wanted to promote health and fitness in the community and therfore set about thinking of a way to encourage folk into some kind of sport. While searching for a way to set up a new kind of fitness club, Glyn came across the sport of dodgeball and straight away he realised the potential of using dodgeball as a tool to get folk into a fun way of getting fit... and staying fit!
November 2012 saw the launch of Walsall warriors dodgeball club and they have their base at Willenhall E-act academy, Furzebank way, Willenhall.
Success for the club came quickly as they came third in their first tournament and success in their second tournament gave them a place in the Northern conference Division 2 league.
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Walsall warriors junior dodgeball club came about when younger members became interested in the club and through their parents requested that Glyn Marston set up dedicated junior dodgeball training sessions. These kids decided that they would promote the club at school and bring more younger members to the club with every intention of starting up a dedicated junior club.
Head Coach Glyn Marston was amazed at the enthusiasm and the success the founder members have bought to the junior club by helping to increase the membership. The junior club have won every tournament they have played in ( to date) and more and more new members are turning up each week.
Glyn Marston- Head Coach and promoter of dodgeball in the West Midlands.
He has exceeded his goals in bringing fun and fitness to the boroughs of Walsall and the Black country and he is now much celebrated by the sports governing body - UKDBA.
Glyn Marston was officially the oldest person to be playing dodgeball in the UK and has now quit playing to concentrate on coaching ( read below) - proof once again that dodgeball has no limitations and restrictions... anyone of any age or ability can participate in the sport.
** UPDATE TO THIS STORY**
January 2016... Glyn Marston announced that he is to retire as a dodgeball player and focus on coaching his young dodgeball players.
Glyn also wants to give the mature folk of the community a chance to have their own club too..... He is doing this in the sport of 'WALKING FOOTBALL' of which he will play as a team member aswell as coaching the team- details of this new club will be posted on this website.
A few of the Junior dodgeball club members ahead of the MDL dodgeball tournament in Cannock (November 2016).
Coached by Glyn Marston and all fired up for the day ahead of them, in this picture you can see Glyn (lineside) shouting instructions and encouragment.
This is what Glyn Marston is about, bringing the community together as a team and encouraging teamwork to acheive great things in the area.
These are a few of the kids that represent Walsall in the growing sport of dodgeball- these kids are AMBASSADORS to their sport, their club, their communities and their town.
On court discipline is of high standard (as required by Glyn Marston) and their sportsman like behaviour is very honourable.
These kids will make Walsall a name to be proud of in dodgeball in the next few years and Walsall warriors may well become the big name in dodgeball- watch this space.
Walsall warriors dodgeball club have taken a new direction and this has been marked with a new kit which was designed by the kids themselves.
This picture show a few of the members making up the under 13's team whom came second in a close
(and tense final of their previous dodgeball tournament- narrowly missing out on first place).
So proud of how the club is progressing and how the youngest members are gaining confidence each day.
And so, dodgeball in the West midlands is growing in popularity and thanks to Glyn Marston and his tireless work to promote the sport. In his own words "THE SUCCESS DOES NOT COME FROM MYSELF ALONE, BUT FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORT THE CLUB. THE PARENTS WHO BRING THEIR CHILDREN ALONG EACH WEEK, THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE MEMBERS THEMSELVES. EVERYONE BRINGS SOMETHING TO THE CLUB... TO THE TRAINING SESSIONS, I JUST STAND THERE SHOUTING INSTRUCTIONS AND HOPEFULLY MOTIVATING MY MEMBERS" .
Glyn is hopeful that these clubs will be going from strength to strength long after he is forced to retire from all sports activities.
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