Wakefield’s only roller derby team, Wakey Wheeled Cats, is on the hunt for new players and officials to join the fast-growing sport.
The last six months has been action packed for the Cats, who train at Lightwaves Leisure Centre. They started the year welcoming a new set of ‘kittens’ – fresh meat skaters, hosted, and won, two home bouts, and celebrated their fifth birthday in May.
And now they’re ready to welcome the newest members to the league.
The Cats are holding a series of open days this summer, where budding skaters, referees and non-skating officials can see what roller derby is all about, ask questions, and even strap on some skates and give it a go themselves.
Cats’ captain Kirsty Quinn said: “Roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the country so we’re opening up our doors for anyone to get involved. We’re looking for female skaters, aged over 18, and male or female referees.
“And you don’t need to be able to skate to get started. Most of us were complete novices when we joined, so we will teach you everything you need to know to be safe and effective on your skates.
“A roller derby league wouldn’t be able to succeed without dedicated referees and officials. We’ll help you crack the rules and we can guarantee you’ll love it.
“Roller derby is a great sport – and perfect for people of all fitness levels. Now is a great time to get involved with the league, and find your new passion.”
Dedicated skaters, referees and coaches will be on hand to tell you everything you want to know about the fastest sport on the flat track at the following sessions:
Saturday August 2: 11.30am-1pm
Saturday August 9: 11.30am – 1pm
Wednesday August 13: 7pm-8pm
All sessions are at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Marsh Way, Wakefield, and training starts for new members on Saturday August 16 at 12pm.
Places are limited so e-mail WWCrecruitment@hotmail.co.uk to secure a spot.