Young Leeds roller derby skaters put Blue Peter presenter through his paces for CBBC show

Kids from Leeds Roller Dolls' junior league have earned Blue Peter badges by teaching Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya to skate for an episode of the show. Picture Tony Johnson

Kids from Leeds Roller Dolls' junior league have earned Blue Peter badges by teaching Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya to skate for an episode of the show. Picture Tony Johnson

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YOUNG skaters earned their Blue Peter badges when they taught presenter Radzi Chinyanganya the basics of roller derby for an episode of the classic CBBC children’s show.

Filming took place under a shroud of secrecy at the home of Leeds Roller Dolls and men’s team Aire Force One, the Futsal Arena, earlier this month.

Kids from Leeds Roller Dolls' junior league have earned Blue Peter badges by teaching Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya to skate for an episode of the show. Picture Tony Johnson

Kids from Leeds Roller Dolls' junior league have earned Blue Peter badges by teaching Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya to skate for an episode of the show. Picture Tony Johnson

Tonight the show was broadcast on CBBC, and members of the Dolls’ junior league and Aire Force One were seen helping the Blue Peter presenter get to grips with the sport.

Radzi watched Aire Force One play a game before joining in with the girls’ training session.

12-year-old Matilda Patterson, from Middleton, helped teach Radzi, who like the other skaters, donned a pair of quad roller skates and full protection gear for the session.

She said: “It was lots of fun teaching Radzi to skate. He was better than I thought he would be, but we still taught him a thing or two.”

Leeds Roller Dolls junior league skaters Karla, from Morley, and Matilda, from Middleton, teach Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya to skate for an episode of the show. Picture: Vikki Brown.

Leeds Roller Dolls junior league skaters Karla, from Morley, and Matilda, from Middleton, teach Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya to skate for an episode of the show. Picture: Vikki Brown.

Aire Force One members are equally pleased to be featuring in the programme.

Skater Vincent Barlow said: “It’s great to get to appear on Blue Peter representing the sport that we love. We hope that viewers will see the show and feel inspired to get in touch with their local roller derby league and to join the wonderful and inclusive skating community.”

Presenter Radzi said: “I really enjoyed learning to skate with the team and trying out a new sport. It’s what the Blue Peter Sport badge 2016 is all about.”

The junior league is for girls aged between eight and 17. To join contact thedollfactory@leedsrollerdolls.co.uk

The skaters were given Blue Peter badges for helping Radzi. Picture Tony Johnson

The skaters were given Blue Peter badges for helping Radzi. Picture Tony Johnson

If you missed the show, which aired on the CBBC channel at 5pm, catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

Aire Force One’s next game is against Grimsby’s Brothers Grimm at Futsal on May 14, when Leeds Roller Dolls’ Rebel Roses will also play, against London Roller Girls’ Brawl Saints.