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The Dodgeball Centre raise money for UChangeLives.

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Pictured Stephanie Robson, head coach of the Mavericks along with Lucie Stott & Sally Dunne from The PFC Trust.

Hartlepool’s very own dodgeball club is supporting this month’s UChangeLives push to say ‘thank you’ to the PFC Trust.

Hartlepool Mavericks are holding two events this week to raise money as part of the charity’s initiative that centres on September’s #getupandgive.

The first is a Bingo evening on Thursday, September 28 between 7.30-9.30pm when there will be games played along with drinks, cakes and homemade treats in the Dodgy Caff.

And on Saturday an open day is planned between 2-5pm for people to try their hand at dodgeball and look around the centre on Winterbottom Avenue. There will be cake stalls, tombola's and a raffle.

Stephanie Robson, head coach of the Mavericks along with Lucie Stott, said: “We wanted to help as we understand how important the work of the PFC Trust is.

“Over the last few years we know there have been so many people helped by the Trust and we wanted to support their #uchangelives campaign.

“As a club we know people are struggling with things and we work closely with Hartlepool Food Bank and also run The Pet Bank from the centre.”

UChangeLives’ ‘Get Up and Give’ initiative wants Individuals to raise funds to support the PFC Trust’s work in the community.

And it offers sports clubs, community groups or other charitable organisations the option to raise funds on a 50/50 split, with 50 per cent going back to help your own group’s fundraising efforts.

The Dodgeball Centre, the home of the Mavericks, was the only centre specific for the sport in the world when it opened in April 2021.

The sprung on-court flooring at the centre was funded by the PFC Trust and there has been incredible success ever since with national achieving teams produced.

Stephanie, who manages the centre, said: “Part of the reason we wanted to take part in UChangeLives is because we have been lucky enough to have had support from Frances Connolly (founder of the PFC Trust) and the Trust in the past.

“Without Frances’ support we would not have been able to complete our Dodgeball Centre project.”

Since the Dodgeball Centre opened it has offered dodgeball to Hartlepool and further afield. The team has worked with local primary and secondary schools providing sessions and running courses from the centre as well as working with the home education community and child minders.

Fitness and dodgeball sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities have been developed and now have 3 LPD sessions each week.

The Dodgeball Centre also has times available where the hall and rooms are available for hire.

* If you want to support the campaign without taking part in an activity, you can still be involved by texting ‘UCHANGELIVES’ to 70580 to make a one-off donation of £5.00. Every donation goes a long way to support the PFC Trust.

*To sign up to join the UChangeLives #getupandgive in September go to

*For further details about dodgeball contact

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