Manchester Bees Dodgeball is pleased to announce that we have recruited a new Youth Development Officer. Michael Bailey joins the team and makes history by becoming the first person to be employed by the club. Michael will work for approximately half a day per week to develop:
- The Manchester Bees Academy junior sessions: ensuring high quality and fun sessions and a comprehensive competition calendar for the junior teams
- Manchester Bees Academy workforce: Growing an academy committee and developing coaches and volunteers
- Community outreach: Working with local schools and organisations to promote the club and provide opportunities to play dodgeball to more young people than ever before.
- Project work: Helping Manchester Bees to deliver on funded junior engagement projects such as satellite clubs.
Michael has an amazing track record with junior clubs; he has lead the Altrincham Dodgers for the last three years, who recently had an astounding 54 young people attend a post-COVID session. We look forward to watching our junior section grow under Mike’s leadership, and working in partnership with Altrincham Dodgers and other clubs to develop the sport in multiple areas of Manchester.
We as a club are very proud that we are in a position as a non-profit club to begin paying people to contribute towards the development of the sport. We have an amazing history of relying on incredible volunteers, and plan to maintain our community, family driven atmosphere, but we recognise the limitations of relying solely on volunteers as a club grows to over 100 members. Therefore, Manchester Bees Dodgeball looks forward to developing more professional operational models in line with other, bigger sports in the coming years as we grow dodgeball to new heights in Manchester.