City’s Cats are the purrfect team mates

Date:18th February 2012.'The Wakey Wheeled Cats training at Wakefield College, Thornes Park Campus. Vicki Gray, taking on Michelle Matthew.

Date:18th February 2012.'The Wakey Wheeled Cats training at Wakefield College, Thornes Park Campus. Vicki Gray, taking on Michelle Matthew.

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The city’s sporting Cats are helping raise vital funds and promote their clubs to a wider audience.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have formed a partnership with the Wakey Wheeled Cats roller derby team.

It means the two clubs will work together on fundraising activities and promote each others’ fixtures and events.

Roller derby involves teams scoring points on a track by passing members of the opposing team, and it has grown in popularity during the past few years.

The partnership is believed to be the first of its kind for a roller derby team.

Wheeled Cats captain and co-founder Kirsty Quinn said: “We’re very proud to be in partnership with the Wildcats and hope that together we can promote our sports to Wakefield and encourage our local community to get involved.

“The Wildcats have been extremely forward-thinking in joining up with an all-female team who play a relatively new, yet serious, sport to the UK. It is quite possibly a first for the roller derby community, and is definitely a positive step forward for our club.”

A recent Sport England report concluded that people in Wakefield were the least active in West Yorkshire, with only half choosing to take part in any regular exercise.

And Wakefield Community Trust fundraising officer James Stephenson said the partnership could help to get people more active.

He said: “It’s great news that we can work with the Wheeled Cats and we’re delighted to be involved with a sport that is growing rapidly in popularity.

“We will act as ambassadors for the Wheeled Cats and similarly they will do the same for us with the aim of bring each other’s sports to a new audience as well. It’s the first of a number of similar partnerships and we’re really pleased that the Wheeled Cats are the first of those to be announced. We hope a partnership like this can get more people involved in keeping active and healthy.”

Wakey Wheeled Cats will also now carry the Wildcats’ logo on their playing kits.