Published: 14/05/2018 17:05 - Updated: 14/05/2018 17:13

Roller derby club looks to boost sport in Inverness

 

Inverness Roller Derby are looking for new players.

 

LOOKING to put their skates on to find stars of the future, a roller derby club are aiming to grow the sport in Inverness in their bid to become one of the top teams in Scotland.

Inverness City Roller Derby are looking to increase their squad of players as they aim to compete against the best clubs in the country on a regular basis.

At present, the club only play exhibition matches but they are keen to get involved in more games on a regular basis.

Team member Lucy McGlennon, who has been playing roller derby for six years, said they have a small group of talented players.

But she said they need to find new recruits if they are going to meet their ambitions of joining the league.

“We want to get to a point where we can make our way up the divisions,” she said.

“We’ve got development work to do in terms of growing our team membership.

“We want to make sure we’re recognised across Scotland.”

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction (counter-clockwise) around a track.

Game play consists of a series of short match ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team.

The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer. They do so while assisting their own jammer, playing both offence and defence simultaneously.

McGlennon said: “It is a co-ed league so we are happy to accept male and female members.

“It is a full contact sport set up on an oval track. The game can be set up in any hall.”

Inverness City Roller Derby were officially established in 2015 and in the last three years have only been able to play matches at exhibition level.

McGlennon (30) said the sport continues to grow in strength and said plans are in place to get the number of players increased.

“We’re still developing as a team and when we get a regular quorum of skaters we will register with the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

“That is when we will look to enter the club to compete in league games.

“Part of what we’re trying to do is to let people know about us to get our membership up.”

To get involved or to find out more about Inverness City Roller Derby visit their Facebook site.

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