Wakefield’s roller derby league on a roll to recruit more skaters

With screeching wheels and bone-rattling hits, Wakefield’s roller derby league is on tour to recruit more skaters.

Wakey Wheeled Cats, who are based at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, are encouraging more people to strap on their skates and get involved.

Set up in 2009, the league held its first public bout at Dewsbury Sports Centre in summer 2010.

On Saturday they held an open session at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre, and this Saturday, August 17, they’ll be at Dewsbury Sports Centre. The tour will be rounded off with a bout at Lightwaves on August 31 before beginners training sessions start in September.

The league’s recruitment officer Vicki Gray said: “The aim is to spread our practices further afield to show people what roller derby and the Wakey Wheeled Cats are all about. We’ve always had members from Dewsbury and North Kirklees, so it’s going to great for them to be playing on their home turf.”

Roller derby is a full-contact, fast-paced sport played on quad roller skates. Teams of skaters are pitted against each other with jammers scoring points for passing opposing skaters, while blockers attempt to stop them.

The Cats is a female, 18+ league, but the league is also recruiting male and female referees, and non-skating volunteers.

At the Dewsbury session, anyone who comes along will be able to have a go with the help of a trained instructor.

Captain and co-founder Kirsty Quinn said: “When we started the team we wanted it to be attractive to women who hadn’t been involved in a team sport before. It’s female-dominated, great for fitness but also provides a strong social network, which is perfect for people who want to try something new.”

“Anyone who wants to join is taught to skate safely in a 16-week beginners programme. And if anyone wants to get involved but not necessarily in the competitive side, they can join us as referees or volunteers.

“It was great to come to Cleckheaton and show a new audience what Wakey Wheeled Cats are all about. We hope to see some new faces at Dewsbury at the weekend, where they can give it a go themselves.”

The Wheeled Cats will be at Dewsbury Sports Centre on August 17 between 12pm and 3pm.

The session will be followed by a bout at Wakefield’s Lightwaves Leisure Centre on August 31.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/WakeyWheeledCats or emailrecruitment@wakeywheeledcats.co.uk to register an interest.