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Nottingham roller derby team look for a new home
Roller Derby players in action
Roller derby is a contact sport performed on roller skates

An all-girl Nottingham roller derby team are trying to find a new home after a sports centre, where they were playing, closed to the public.

The Hellfire Harlots can now only practice once a week, from 12.00-3.00pm, at a venue in Chilwell.

Jenny Jones said: "We're hoping to put on our first bout in June. We need to be training hard and three hours just doesn't cut it."

The largely all-female sport originated in the USA in the 1950s.

It involves two teams of women, moving about on roller skates, shoving opposition team members out of the way to get their 'jammer', a player with a star on her helmet, through to the front to score points.

The Hellfire Harlots were training in the sports hall above the club shop at Meadow Lane until the owners decided not to renew the lease.

There are many sports halls in Nottingham but Jenny, also known as Finn Furious, said there are a number of problems in securing a training venue.

"We've done extensive research but it's happened at the worst time because football, basketball and badminton have all got block bookings.

"Towards the summer it would probably get a little bit easier but by [then] we want to be 'bouting' [competing in a match]."

Other problems include the venues being too small or the owners fearing damage caused by the roller skates.

The team needs a large sports hall with a smooth surface for the roller skates. If you can help, or if you want to find out more about roller derby, you can contact the group via their website.




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