Get your skates on at roller derby league

Wakey Wheeled Cats in action. Picture: Richard Nicholson
Wakey Wheeled Cats in action. Picture: Richard Nicholson
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It’s fast, feisty and full contact, and Wakefield’s only roller derby team is on the hunt for new skaters and referees

The last six months has been action packed for Wakey Wheeled Cats, who train at Lightwaves Leisure Centre.

They started the year welcoming a new set of beginner skaters, then hosted, and won, two home bouts, and celebrated their fifth birthday in May.

And now they’re ready to welcome new 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.

“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.

“And 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.”

Dedicated skaters, referees and coaches will be on hand to tell you everything you want to know about the sport, at the open days, which will be held on Saturday August 2 from 11.30am-1pm; Saturday August 9 from 11.30am-1pm and Wednesday August 13 from 7pm-8pm.

All sessions are at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Marsh Way, Wakefield, and training starts for new members on Saturday August 16 at 12pm.

To get involved e-mail to secure a spot.

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