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Roller derby club taking city by storm
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
Roller derby is not a sport many people have heard of in the UK.
But the sport described as British bulldog or Quidditch on skates is one of the fastest growing alternative sports.
That made Rebekah White, Laura Streets and Mhairi Morrison set up Southampton City Rollers women’s team.
And they are now on a recruitment drive, already signing a raft of new players with the club now boasting 45 members.
The team was established earlier this year, and its members’ ambition is to be playing competitively against teams from across the UK by October next year.
White believes it’s a sport that caters for a wide range of abilities and fitness levels.
“Everyone can do it, there is nobody that isn’t welcome, it appeals to the fun side of sport and it doesn’t feel like you’re exercising, that’s just how much fun it is,” she said.
“Since our first two sessions we’ve had so much new interest, the phone line has been busy with people wanting to get involved, which is great for us.
“There is a real community spirit among all the clubs along the south coast.
“We have coaches coming from Portsmouth and we are in regular contact with other clubs. It’s very sociable too, we go for drink at least once a fortnight.”
The team are looking for both women and men to try their hand at the sport, which is played by two teams of five, who roller skate in the same direction around a track.
One designated player, called the ‘jammer’, scores points by lapping members of the opposing team while their teammates attempt to assist them by hindering the opposing team’s ‘jammer’.
Budding players should bring quad skates, a helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist and mouth guards and a bottle of water to the sessions that cost £6.
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