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Go from fresh faced to roller ace with North Cheshire Victory Rollers
A GROUP of Cheshire women are encouraging people to get their skates on and roll up to the roller derby revolution.
North Cheshire Victory Rollers (NCVR), who train at Rudheath Leisure Centre, are appealing for budding skaters to join in with the fast-paced gamed, dubbed ‘the sport for people who don’t do sport’.
Roller derby, played on traditional quad skates, was invented in America in the 1930s but died out in the 70s due to a lack of public interest.
But now, after a fresh wave of interest, the high-speed sport is back and with more than 90 leagues having started since 2006, it is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports.
NCVR, formed by its fearless leader Nichole Krantz in 2012, the group has gone from strength to strength, attracting members from all over Cheshire, including Northwich, Winsford, Warrington, Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes.
Its first team, The Air Raid Sirens, had their first public bout in August, beating Liverpool Roller Birds 149-158.
“We are looking for new skaters, no experience needed, just a desire to go from fresh-faced to roller-ace,” said team member Nichole Clairmont, who goes by the name Nic Dastardly.
“Roller derby is a fast and furious sport enjoyed by women worldwide.
“It is fast, energetic and extremely exciting.”
NCVR is entirely skater-owned and everything from coaching to artwork done by unpaid members and volunteers.
Nichole added: “At NCVR it doesn’t matter what you look like, how sporty you are or whether you can skate – everyone can get involved.
“Many of our members have previously avoided physical exercise and didn’t feel confident in a traditional gym setting and NCVR has opened up a world where everyone has a role to play, regardless of build, fitness or speed.”
New members don’t have to have skating experience, but need to show dedication and commitment to ensure they get the professional training required to learn.
For those who do not fancy playing full contact, referee and non-skating official positions are also available. Men can also join these roles.
Training sessions start on Saturday, November 9 from 3pm until 5pm at Rudheath Leisure Centre.
For more information about NCVR visit ncvr.co.uk or search for them on Facebook.
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