Central City Rollergirls

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Central City Rollergirls
League logo
Metro area Birmingham, West Midlands
Country United Kingdom
Founded November 2007
Teams Belles of Centrinnians (Travel Team)
Slay Belles (Travel Team)
Raging Belles (Travel Team)
Bad Apples (Intra-league/Home)
Disco Beaters (Intra-league/Home)
Queens of Steel (Intra-league/Home)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Birmingham, UK
Doug Ellis Sports Centre, BCU, Birmingham, UK
Affiliations UKRDA, WFTDA
Org. type Non-profit
Website http://www.centralcityrollergirls.co.uk

Central City Rollergirls (CCR) are a flat track roller derby league based in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The league was founded in 2007 and play by Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules.[1]

League History[edit]

A group of girls who already had some skating experience first set up an informal practice in November 2007. This group expanded quickly and the league has since grown to boast over 70 full members including referees and support crew.[1] In March 2012, the league was accepted as a full member of the WFTDA.[2]

Teams[edit]

CCR currently field two teams which travel the UK and Europe to typically play all star teams of similar leagues; these are the A Team and B Team.

The 2010/11 season saw the debut of CCR's intra-league teams, Bad Apples, Disco Beaters and Queens of Steel. These teams play each other once during the season in a round-robin format - with the top two teams qualifying for a grand final at the end of the season.

The 2012/13 season intra-league final saw the Queens of Steel victorious over the Bad Apples in June 2013.

UKRDA[edit]

CCR first became affiliated with United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) in 2008. CCR became an official member of UKRDA in 2010 alongside other founder leagues [3]

International Call ups[edit]

2011 Hustle Her received the call up for Team England squad for the 2011 Roller Derby world cup.

2011 coach Barry Fight was selected to be a coach for the Team England squad for the 2011 Roller Derby world cup.

2013 Viv LaFrance was selected as part of Team France for 2013/2014.

2013 coach Ill Billy was selected as part of Team England Men's Roller Derby.

Membership[edit]

CCR welcome potential new members every week and do not require previous roller derby experience, or roller skating experience to join the league. CCR have a dedicated training session for new skaters every week, as well as including them as part of the main league training session at weekends. CCR welcome both men and women, though men cannot compete as part of CCR and are encouraged to train as referees or coaches.

Notable Bouts[edit]

18–19 June 2009, "Roll Britannia": European tournament, London.

15-16 January 2011, Tattoo Freeze tournament, Telford. 4th Place.

14 November 2011, CCR vs Sioux Falls Roller Dollz, Birmingham, first WFTDA sanctioned bout and first international home bout.

15 January 2012, Tattoo Freeze tournament, Telford. 2nd Place.

16-18 November 2012, "Track Queens", European WFTDA tournament, Berlin.

25-26 May 2013, "Roller Rumble", UKRDA Southern Region Tournament, London. 2nd Place.

Boot Camps[edit]

CCR arranged its first boot camp with guest coaches Bonnie D Stroir and Estro Jen after members met with them at Rollercon in 2007 in Las Vegas. Grange Hell was CCR’s first 2 day Boot Camp held in October 2009 at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre and skaters from leagues travelled the country to attend.

In May 2010 CCR hosted the first Blood and Thunder 3 day Boot Camp in Birmingham. Bonnie D Stroir and Estro Jen returned with Quadzilla, Coach Pauly and Shirley Insance whilst Miss Trail, Conan the Vegetarian and LRG coach Ballistic Whistle ran a referee boot camp. The event proved extremely successful.[4]

May Bank Holiday 2011 saw the return of Blood and Thunder boot camp to Birmingham. Guest coaches at the 2011 event were Ballistic Whistle, Black Dahlia, SmackYa Sideways, Coach Smarty, Teflon Donna and Varla Vendetta.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Roller Derby growing in Birmingham". BBC. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 New Member Leagues", 1 March 2012
  3. ^ "UKRDA Members". United Kingdom Roller Derby Association. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Blood & Thunder Bout!". Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Birmingham – 28th to 30th May – Blood & Thunder Bootcamp!". Rollin' News. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 

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