Newcastle Roller Girls

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Newcastle Roller Girls
Metro area Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Country England
Founded 2009
Teams Canny Belters (A team)
Whippin Hinnies (B team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Walker Activity Dome
Affiliations UKRDA, WFTDA

The Newcastle Roller Girls is a female roller derby club from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.[1][2] They play by the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).


Newcastle Roller Girls was established in 2009 by Claire Byrne (Brie Larceny). There are two teams:

  • A team, the Canny Belters
  • B team, the Whippin' Hinnies

Although the teams are all-female, men are involved in coaching and refereeing. Home bouts are played at the Walker Activity Dome, in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne.[3]

In March 2010, the team featured in a BBC Look North report on roller derby in Tyneside.[2] The BBC created a webpage about the team.[4]

The team played their first bout at Hadrian's Brawl on 11 April 2010, playing against the B team from the Auld Reekie Roller Girls at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh. The first home bout, Flog on the Tyne, was against Granite City Roller Girls of Aberdeen on 5 March 2011 at The Lightfoot Centre in Walker, Newcastle, winning by 113 to 63.[5][6][7]

In November 2011, Newcastle Roller Girls joined the UK Roller Derby Association.[8] In October 2013, they were accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Programme.[9]

Associated teams[edit]

An associated men's team was founded in June 2011, Tyne and Fear Roller Derby. A mixed-gender team, Tyne e' Belters, includes members of Newcastle Roller Girls. In 2015 Newcastle Junior Roller Derby was established, they made their debut during the half time interval of the British Championship game on 2 April 2016.


  1. ^ Decker, Babette (23 February 2010). "Ditching Heels for Wheels (Page 1)". The Journal. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Newcastle Roller Girls (Feature)". BBC Look North. BBC. 16 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Support us". Newcastle Roller Girls. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meet local roller derby team Newcastle Roller Girls". Local – Tyne. BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle Roller Girls set up derby debut for Tyneside". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Newcastle Roller Girls". Active Newcastle. Foundry Media. 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Featured Event: Hadrian's Brawl". Auld Reekie Roller Girls. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Welcome Newcastle Roller Girls to the UKRDA!", UKRDA, 15 November 2011
  9. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 28 Apprentice Leagues". WFTDA. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. 
Preceded by
New competition
British Roller Derby Championships Tier 2 Champions
Succeeded by