yBall are delighted to have been invited to participate in AFC Bournemouth’s Youth Academy Multi Sports evening this evening (Wednesday 13th November).

yBall will be played by 9-12 year olds from the AFC Bournemouth Academy. The kids will learn valuable skills in hand eye co-ordination, agility and balance, which will be valuable skills to transfer to the football pitch.

The evening represents further evidence of yBall’s continued growth and popularity.

If you interested in taking part in future yBall sessions or would like yBall to be played at your school visit www.yball.co.uk or contact vgolden@yball.co.uk


Over the summer, yBall has been delivering sessions throughout Dorset, to some of our inspirational students in some fantastic school. This summer would yBall at the Littledown family fun day, as we have done for the last three years, with more than 10,000 people coming event. yBall still has strong links with Bournemouth University, running session throughout the summer, one beening NCS,
National Citizen Service engaging with more than 500 stundents over the summer, some. The foucses for the students, was not only playing yBall but to engage in team-building game, a tour of Uni, lecture on the University facilities at BU and AUB, showing students that they can be anything they want to be. yBall has now on board Five RELAYS Ambassadors from Sports Bu these volunteer students working on their degrees, putting theory into practice, with discussions at the end of the sessions.

Again the key focus is FUN, FUN, FUN, through sports, while coaching the core elements within the game.HAND TO EYE SKILL, MOVEMENT, SPACE AWARENESS, TRACKING OF THE BALL, OFFENCE & DEFENCE DECISION MAKING, BUT MAKE IT FUN TO PLAY.

yBall at Tesco

yBall is now embedded in Tesco’s in Bournemouth, This year seeing more inter-department matches, built around team spirit and team building plus focused on mixed-gender teams.

While still running the session with New Milton county council community program, the yBall team have started running a session at EagleWood School, to which we are in our Seventh week, coming to a conclusion at Christmas, and restarting in the new year, with yBall games, team bulding and a new gardening outdoor project.

About Eaglewood School

Eaglewood School is a unique educational provision, providing a safe and supportive environment for young people aged between 7 and 16 years old. We are a school for young people who are finding mainstream education difficult. Young people develop at different times depending on the environment and their experiences. Eaglewood school prides itself on recognising young people’s emotions.
Using detailed assessment packages and specific targeted work, we challenge and teach young people how to manage their emotions whilst maintaining academic progress. Issues can include inadequate social skills, self-awareness, motivation, self-regulation or empathy or any combination of these. This work helps young people develop socially and emotionally to unlock their personal barriers to learning as well as life itself.

OFSTED says in July 2019 “Pupils make strong progress during their time at the school and most are able to successfully return to mainstream schools. Many pupils achieve significant improvements in a relatively short period. The carefully crafted culture of the school and its curriculum enable many pupils to make strong progress in their social and emotional development” (July 2019).


 AFC Bournemouth Elliot​ Head
U9 & U10 Lead Coach

This week the yBall received an email inviting us to deliver a session to the Academy players aged 9-12, at the LeAf Academy. A great opportunity to assist other premiership team find the new talented players for tomorrow, today.


Saturday, 09 June
11:00 am until 5:00 pm
Normans Way
BH25 5FN

yBall is now in its 8th year, with more schools and communities and action groups playing the game.

And now being played throughout England, Scotland, Ireland.

As a testimony to the sport, the England Rugby team, plus the England football team, we’re using the sport for there training, due to the range of movement on the pitch, because yBall ticks all the boxes, as a standout multiSport, as yBall embodies all the core skills of every sport.

The Family Fun Day Activities include: – Fun Fair Rides – Car Boot Sale – Friendly Dog Show – Gladiator Joust – Inflatable slide – Sumo Suits – 9 hole crazy golf – Coconut shy – Smash a plate – Water fun in the stocks – Play your cards right – Crossbar challenge – Guess the numr of balloons in the car – Golf chip challenge – Craft Stalls – Water Walkers – Aqua Zorbing – The amazing Tombola.

There will be a licensed bar and BBQ to keep everyone going throughout the day as well as a DJ and Live Band to entertain.

A brilliant family day that cannot be missed..

We welcome applicants with the relevant sports experience and qualifications to work as a Sports Coach, for our continually expanding program.

This month, I’ve been quite busy, running sessions at Bournemouth University. This week will be last of the 5-week programmed sessions for NCS, ran with myself and the Bournemouth University Relays team Zoe and Terri.
I would have delivered these yBall sessions too more than 200, NCS students. Each session is very fulfilling, at the beginning of each session we run team-building exercises and programs that challenges them.

At the end of last month, the yBall team ran a session at the Littledown family fun day, with over 10,000 visitors on the day, a very busy day for us playing games all day, and introducing yBall to the community.

During the month I run yBall sessions over New Milton, on a weekly basis, which will resume after the summer breaks on Tuesdays 4:30 till 5:30 at the Memorial Centre.

At the end of the month, the yBall team arranged a match between St Joseph Primary School and Winton Primary at Bournemouth University. A well-contested match played with respect and honesty and sportsmanship.

Tonight the Tesco staff played a game of yBall this is the start of many games to come, the next one will be in a few weeks time.

September will see the start of the yBallers kids camp, at Bournemouth University, plus the start of two new schools.
#hardworkworks #MTAG #MORETHANAGAME
#BournemouthUniversity #Relays#NCS

Yesterday’s Session at St James Primary School focused on pivoting and the pivot foot.

We tried to keep it simple and broke it all down, within the game.

Anyone who’s ever played yBall knows the term “pivoting”. Basically, pivoting is the point at which a player stops once receiving the ball, and limits their subsequent movements & choices. The pivot foot (see embedded image to the right) is the one foot which must remain on the floor when a player has possession of the ball. This is also the stage where the player must make up their mind as to the next definitive action, having one of two choices:

  1. pass the ball to another colleague
  2. shoot toward the basket and try to score

If the player makes a mistake whilst pivoting, just as in basketball, it will be deemed astravelling” with the possible consequences, loss of the ball to the opposing team if it is repeatedly violated.

Pivoting can also be used as a power to move a “change in direction”. or sell a dummy move, to a defensive player, or to help the offensive player, in getting a little bit of distance between themselves and a defensive player.

When a player makes a decision to stop, they will have to use their pivot foot to either find a better position to pass the ball to a colleague who can score, or they must take the responsibility of scoring on their own. In actuality, this is a great deal of responsibility and the entire team is counting on the right decisions to be made by the right players. Knowing what to do, when, where & how is a key part of accountability, and not to panic pass

On the 28th of June, six primary schools will take part in a yBall tournament, hoisted by Winton Primary School Bournemouth. The main focus will be to make sure the children have FUN on the day.

The Community session in New Milton is still going strong, with the added auditions of the young carers attending each session.

Supporting Special Children and their Relatives and Friends
Saturday Multi-Sports Sessions

yBall – April/May 2019

We are excited to introduce a new sport to our Saturday morning Multi Sports
sessions in April/May 2019 – there will be a 5 week block of yBall, with myself Vince Golden

as our coach . It’s a catch and pivot, non-contact sport played with a soft nerf
ball, played with music in the background – a very inclusive sport, incorporating
agility, balance and coordination, and lots of fun too! Sessions are at Ashely Junior School.

This club is for children with additional needs from 7 to 19 years. Parents do not
need to stay with their child as support workers and volunteers will help the children.

Scarf New Forest Logo

Scarf (Supporting special Children and their Relatives and Friends) is a charity based in the New Forest, Hampshire which organise regular term time clubs, social and holiday activities for children with special needs and their families.  Children are aged 0 -25 and have a range of disabilities and special needs, such as Down’s Syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

There approach is not just to meet the needs of the disabled child, but also to recognise the impact on the whole family, all of whom need fun and support.

The aim to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in which disabled children and their siblings feel comfortable and able to participate in a wide range of activities, and where adults and carers can enjoy meeting others in similar situations to themselves.   

Our term-time clubs include a Drama Club, a Youth Club and a Saturday morning Multi Sports Club.  During the school holidays we run a programme of activities for children with special needs as well as their siblings to take part in (with parents/carers staying for holiday activities).
Scarf is a parent-led charity.    

Charmouth Primary School. Is uniquely situated almost on the beach on the beautiful Jurassic Coast. The aim of their curriculum is to inspire as well as take advantage of beautiful location to ensure the children are able to thrive personally, socially and academically.

We’ll be demonstrating yBall too the school over the week, plus hand delivering, Charmouth primary school very own bespoke yBall kit, with the school logo designed into the goals vinyl.

Wednesday will see the yBall team attend second of the two Dorset school games, at Braynston school. It will be a full day of activities with over 30 schools attending on the day with near on 1000 children playing sports.

To finish off the week, we’ll be sending two yBall kits to Ireland,to start games.

yBall”s in various counties in the UK, four schools in Dorset, up and down the UK. We are reaching out to everyone from England, Scotland and now to Ireland.


More Than A Game MTAG.


Through the support of EnergiseMe, yBall will be running session throughout the year.


yBall  a fun based, catch and pivot, non-impact sport played to music. 

A blend of American football & Netball.
We  feel  it  can  make  a  difference  at  all  level with  our  all-inclusive gender/ ages style  of  game-play, 
a  local  and  fresh  twist  to  the  sporting  norm.


As seen on TV, Played by the England Rugby & Football team in there training sessions.

And once again the England Rugby team are off to a flying start.

yBall is great for hand to eye skills, speed, plus movement within any game.

The first taster session,



Energise Me exists to beat inactivity. Evidence shows that even a small amount of regular physical activity or sport can make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the people and the communities we serve; so we want to help you get up and get moving.

The EnergiseMe objectives

To promote community participation in sport and healthy recreation for the benefit of everyone living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  They want to secure a healthier, brighter future for all our communities.

How are they going to do this:

  • By working with and through local agencies to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Promoting and providing programmes and services for sport, recreation, physical activity, informal education and other leisure time activities for healthy recreation.
  • Promoting and providing facilities and services for recreational, sporting or other leisure time activities in the interests of the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – whoever they are and whatever their needs.
  • Improving and maintaining good health and well-being through participation in healthy recreation.
  • Promoting and providing education, training and coaching courses which promote physical health and fitness.
  • Facilitating and providing impact evaluation, performance measurement and intelligence on sport, recreation, physical activity and wider health and well-being for the benefit of our communities and the people in them.

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      Strategy :

Wants everybody to experience the benefits that taking part in sport and physical activity brings, including:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Individual development
  • Economic development
  • Social and community development.

2019 will see yBall enter into a new phase within it’s growth in this sport.

yBall for 2019 year has had more school enquiring in regards to the sport.

Just a few bits of feedback in regards to the sport.

Hi Vince,

Many thanks for your email in regards to feedback on how yBall is doing.

We’ve been using the kit throughout the year for our primary school aged children in the borough of Bolton and it has gone down really well.

It is very good for hand eye coordination skills for both our main stream children and some of our SEN children.

We’ve also used it for some of our high school SEN students and high school aged boys in our community groups who like the whistles they get when throwing the yBalls really hard!

Hope this helps and we will continue with it and strive for the uptake of YBall in the North West!

Many thanks for your support with this, Lynette.

Hi Jodie / Vince

Sorry for the late reply,

Thank you for your time when I visited.

I mentioned I would introduce you to Vincent the founder of YBall. Some of the girls really liked the activity and would be interested in setting up a team.

Kind regards

Peter Cleaver

Careers in Sport


Hey Vince!

it’s Anna from The Bishop of Winchester, i wanted to say that we ALL miss having Y-ball over at our school, it made our Thursdays so much fun, we wish you guys could come back, thank you so much for having us during those 2 years!

We’re doing fine, thanks for asking! we’ve all just started learning for our GCSE’s and I’m sure i speak for everyone when i say yBall would’ve been a great stress reliever.

Hi Vince,
I hope that all is well! I just wanted to send an email as we have just finished our first rotation of the children creating their own sport. The children loved the Yball week and virtually all had it up there as one of the highlights of the programme.
Many thanks,
Broadstone Middle school
Alex Doidge.

These are just a few of the comments, over this year. The new yBall tag of, MORE THAN A GAME is standing true to the sport.


Figures from Active Dorset for 2018.

Welcome from our Chief Executive

Welcome to our newsletter, we hope you are all set to enjoy the festive season.

The results of the first Active Lives Children and Young People Survey have been released and they show a mixed picture for our young people. The headlines for Dorset are:

Primary Ages –

  •Approximately 50% of our young people are achieving an average of 60 minutes moderate or intensive activity every day
  •25% are achieving 30-60 minutes of moderate or intensive activity every day
  •25% of our primary aged young people are failing to achieve even 30 minutes of moderate activity each day

Secondary Ages –

  •Approximately 44% of our young people are achieving an average of 60 minutes moderate or intensive activity every day
  •25% are achieving 30-60 minutes of moderate or intensive activity every day
  •Over 30% of our secondary aged young people are failing to achieve even 30 minutes of moderate activity each day

Those with extremely worryingly low levels of activity number over 36,000!

The above are info, from Active Dorset

The team will be expanding in 2019, we’ll be looking for new members for our team.

If you fancy helping or be paid as a coach, please contact us.


A tremendous night of yBall at Bourne Academy, with the yballers playing a match in front of the Bournemouth Bobcats American football team.

A very high scoring game. With both sides playing to a high standard.

A big thanks to the parents for supporting their children, and the bobcats for letting them play for them.

Thanks to Active Dorset for their continuous support, and providing the bags bottles etc.

There will be more matches,to follow this year TBC.

Big thanks to Freddie & Leia for the admin side of yBall.

Again thanks to everyone.

# Bournemouth Bobcats#Winton Academy#St Josephs