From Dodgeball Satellite club to England Development Squad

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Madeline Smith is 14 years old and attends The Pingle Academy in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. Following SASSOT Satellite Club funding, Maddie started playing Dodgeball at school in Year 7 and found that she loved the sport.

After initially representing her school on multiple occasions she progressed to joining Burton Bears Dodgeball Club in September 2018. Maddie represents Burton Bears Dodgeball Club at league matches playing for the Under 16s, the Women’s and the Men’s teams.


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During a league match at St. George’s Park Maddie was spotted by the England Dodgeball Head Coach and invited to open trials for the England Development Squad. A successful performance at Open Trials led to an invite to the Closed Trial and she experienced further success by gaining a place on the England Development Squad.

On January 19th 2019, at just fourteen years old, Maddie made her England debut against Wales in Cardiff.

You can find Burton Bears Dodgeball Club’s Facebook page here.