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Roller Derby growing in Birmingham

Central City Rollergirls

Women across the West Midlands are being encouraged to get their skates on and take part in a new sport that is growing in popularity in the region.

Central City Rollergirls are an all-female Roller Derby team and are carrying the flag for Birmingham in an increasingly competitive sport.

Rival leagues are thriving across the UK, particularly in London and Glasgow.

Roller Derby began in the USA in the 1970s where there are currently around 300 leagues competing regularly.

The game sees two teams of five skaters on a flat, oval track. It is a full contact sport with four "blockers" and one "jammer" skating in an anti-clockwise direction trying to outmanoeuvre the opposition.

The new league in Birmingham has only been established since Autumn of 2007 but already has over 25 regular members.

Practise sessions are held at Cocks Moors Leisure Centre in King's Heath and the Abbey Stadium in Redditch.

Anyone interested in joining can email the club at centralcityrollergirls@blueyonder.co.uk.




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