Roll up and join team

Brid Rock and Rollers - Handing out flyers at the Promanades Shopping Centre Bridlington
Brid Rock and Rollers - Handing out flyers at the Promanades Shopping Centre Bridlington
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THEY’VE got the kit, they’ve got a sponsor, they just need somewhere to train.

The Brid Rock and Rollers, the town’s roller derby team, need a bigger base to practise each week.

The ladies held a recruitment drive in the Promenades Shopping Centre recently to spread the word about their sport and try to find extra members.

And now they are turning their attention to finding a suitable venue for their weekly sessions.

Coach Donna Walker said: “We are struggling to find a venue large enough to train in, that isn’t already fully booked, for the two hours that are needed.

“We need smooth flooring, but can’t emphasise enough that our skates do not mark the floor, as they are indoor wheels that we use.

“We currently train at the sports hall on a Thursday evening, but only have a one-hour slot on half of the hall.

“If anyone has a large hall, warehouse or even a barn available, we have ladies on the team who could clean it up, plaster walls, paint and even screed a concrete floor, if that is what is needed to enable us to train.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in joining the team, but the facilities in Bridlington are sadly letting us down.”

The club is sponsored by Identity Tattoo Studio and recently took part in an intensive eight week course with parent roller derby team, Hull’s Angels Roller Dames (HARD), to learn the minimum skills required to play a game of roller derby.

Walker said: “We are now recruiting new members to be a part of our team. This includes anyone over 18 regardless of size or ability.

“Only women can compete with us, but men can be refs, as well as Non Skating Officials (NSOs).

“However, they could join a men’s roller derby team and still train with the Rock and Rollers.

“We do have skates and safety equipment to hire for those wishing to ‘try before they buy’.

Until a bigger venue can be found, the team trains on Thursdays at the sports hall on Gypsey Road, from 7pm. Everyone has their first session free, and it is £5 per session after that.