Top skaters roll into Wrexham for roller derby charity day

Published date: 03 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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HUNDREDS of people got their skates on for charity.

The first ever charity roller derby at Glyndwr Sports Centre in Wrexham raised more than £1,300 for good causes.

The Wrexham Rejects roller derby, which was set up earlier this year, raised the money for Macmillan Cancer Research through its special ‘Bout Against Cancer’ event.

Event organiser and founder of the Wrexham Rejects, Jennifer Coppack, from Johnstown, told the Leader: “It was a double header game of roller derby.

“The first game was a men’s game featuring skaters from around the country including skaters taking part in next year’s World Cup representing Team Wales and Team England.

“This was the first men’s game to ever take place in North Wales.”

Jennifer added: “The turnout for the event was great considering how long we have been going.

“We had a lot of skaters travelling from as far as London, Manchester and Cardiff.

“People said it was such a well organised and fun day, and hopefully we will have more of the same in future.”

The Wrexham Rejects was set up by the 27-year-old mum-of-three, who wanted to bring the sport to the people of Wrexham after she fell in love with it.

Roller derby is a tough sport with blockers and jammers who use body contact, changing positions, to help their jammers to score while hindering the opposing team’s jammer.

Certain types of blocks are violations and referees call penalties and require violators to serve time in a penalty box.

Jennifer now wants to introduce a men’s team to the high-octane sport, which would be the first in North Wales.

“At the moment we only have about four men,” she said.

“We really need about 15 to have a team so I would like any men who might be interested to come and join in.”

The group meets at Glyndwr Sports Centre on Monday nights between 9pm and 10pm, Tuesday nights between 8pm and 9pm and Thursday evenings between 5pm and 6pm.

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