The club was founded in 2019 by chairman Dominic Smith and rapidly expanded throughout that year to become one of the most well-known dodgeball clubs in the country.
Because of the dramatic success of their first year, that saw the Nighthawks top the men’s National League 3 and place second in both the women’s National League 1 and Winter Regional League, founder Dom is still in positive spirits despite virtually having to write-off 2020.
“We were quite lucky because we work very closely with UEA Falcons,” said Dom.
“They’re a university dodgeball team and we grew on their base pretty quickly
“So, we went from 0 members to 107 pretty quickly and we’re still growing at a rapid rate.
“I think we’re now actually the third biggest dodgeball club in the country based on members alone. We’ve grown exponentially super quick and it’s just amazing to see.”
The pandemic hit indoor sports like dodgeball the hardest in 2020. Restrictions brought virtually all indoor sports to a grinding halt and most are still yet to resume.
However, rather than admit defeat, the Nighthawks have seen lockdown as an opportunity to connect more with their community online.
“We’ve been doing a lot of social online events and ran a lot of things accessible to the wider community,” said Dom.
“We’ve been doing challenges and online quizzes to get people involved who aren’t part of the club already. We just wanted to keep the awareness up and make sure that people see that although we can’t train together, we can still connect online.”
It was this desire to connect more with their community that originally attracted the Nighthawks to GiveToLocal.
And when GiveToLocal announced dodgeball as a sport included in their ’21 for 2021’ campaign Dom was quick to sign the club up.
“After researching GiveToLocal the opportunity seemed perfect to us,” added Dom.
“Securing a source of sustainable funding would mean we could continue to grow but also give back to the community – which is what we’ve always intended to do.
“We want to be able to get more people into the sport and become even more accessible.
“Having that GiveToLocal backing will give us the funding we need to advertise more, host more events and just welcome more people in without that cost barrier that usually comes with sports clubs.”
To begin the registration process for your club visit www.givetolocal.com/clubs