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Roller derby team Hellfire Harlots secure new home
Nottingham roller derby team Hellfire Harlots in training. Photo by Miss Rain
Nottingham's Hellfire Harlots are looking for new players

An all-girl roller derby team are celebrating after securing a new training venue in Nottingham, after the sports centre they used closed.

"After an extensive search we've finally found somewhere. It's brilliant news. The new venue is a really good size," said player Jenny Jones.

The team will now train at the Djanogly City Academy every Wednesday evening.

The Hellfire Harlots are now planning to put on the city's first ever roller derby bout on 4 June.

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 they had encountered a number of problems in securing a training venue.

"It's a testament to Nottingham. We are a sporting city and everywhere was full," she said.

But now the team are back in training for their first bout and are welcoming newcomers to join them and see what the sport is all about.

"We're always taking on new skaters. If anyone fancies giving something very different a try then do get in contact," Jenny said.

More information can be found on the Hellfire Harlots website.

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