Roller Derby!

Encourage more women to take up roller derby. Search for your nearest league to find out when the next induction day takes place.

Why the contribution is important

Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Although the original form of the sport began as a mixed gender affair in 1930's America, the current movement which began in 2001 is predominantly played by women. The second Roller Derby World Cup took place in Dallas, Texas in early December 2014. Although the USA won the event overall, they were one of 30 international teams taking part.

Roller derby is sometimes lovingly refered to as the "Biggest sport in the world, you've never heard of." and is unique in the fact that it is so female-dominated. It is not just a sport, it is a highly inclusive community that welcomes women from all backgrounds. Roller derby is full of participants who had never previously been interested in sports. It is also known for welcoming women of all shapes and sizes and dispelling the idea that atheletes have to be a particular size. In the beginning, men were welcome to act as officials, organisers and support staff. However, there is a small but growing number of male leagues too.

Birmingham is home to two of the country's oldest female roller derby leagues, one of which has been in operation since 2006. This is a big movement which could be instremental in encouraging more women to take up exercise.

Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Although the original form of the sport began as a mixed gender affair in 1930's America, the current movement which began in 2001 is predominantly played by women. The second Roller Derby World Cup took place in Dallas, Texas in early December 2014. Although the USA won the event overall, they were one of 30 international teams taking part.

Roller derby is sometimes lovingly referred to as the "Biggest sport in the world, you've never heard of." and is unique in the fact that it is so female-dominated. It is not just a sport; it is a highly inclusive community that welcomes women from all backgrounds. Roller derby is full of participants who had never previously been interested in sports. It is also known for welcoming women of all shapes and sizes and dispelling the idea that athletes have to be a particular size. In the beginning, men were welcome to act as officials, organisers and support staff. However, there is a small but growing number of male leagues too.

Birmingham is home to two of the country's oldest female roller derby leagues, one of which has been in operation since 2006. This is a big movement which could be instrumental in encouraging more women to take up exercise.

by mboyce on January 15, 2015 at 12:22PM

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