Baldock school’s Ultimate Dodgeball tournament for British Heart Foundation raises £3,369.97

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant

Children and staff from a Baldock primary school duked it out on the dodgeball field to raise more than £3,000 to help put an end to heart disease.

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant

The Ultimate Dodgeball competition at St Mary’s C of E Junior School saw 30 staff and 239 children aged between seven and 11 duck, dive and dodge in the fast-paced game – raising an astonishing £3,369.97 for the British Heart Foundation.

PE teacher Scott Hagland told the Comet: “The tournament was a huge success. Over the last few weeks we have been having lots of fun preparing for the big day.

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant

“I’m still not sure who enjoyed it the most out of the children and adults! The Ultimate Dodgeball scheme has really helped us encourage healthy habits, while creating a more active ethos. It’s a fantastic event for the school, children and adults.”

The Ultimate Dodgeball initiative, organised by the British Heart Foundation, aims to promote the importance of maintaining a healthy heart while raising vital funds for its fight for every heartbeat.

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant


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Beck Bayram from the British Heart Foundation added: “We really want to encourage as many schools and youth groups as possible to get involved in our physical activity initiatives. Ultimate Dodgeball is a fantastic and fun way to get children more active.

“It also helps the BHF to raise vital funds to support its life saving research into coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.”

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant

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Tens of thousands of schoolchildren take part in the scheme every year, with the fundraising supporting both the BHF and the schools themselves – which receive 20 per cent of the money raised.

To find out more or organise your own Ultimate Dodgeball challenge, see bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/schools-events/ultimate-dodgeball.

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart

The Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Picture: Scott Hagland - Credit: Archant

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