Men urged to get skates on for roller derby team


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MEN’S roller derby team could soon roll into town following the success of the North Wales women’s squad.

North Wales Roller Derby ladies base themselves at Deeside Leisure Centre and are enjoying their first season in Europe’s biggest roller derby league, The Heartlands Series.

So far they are unbeaten. They play Llanelli this weekend.

Not to be outdone, budding male roller derby enthusiasts are being invited to follow suit and attend the first training session of the all-male ‘Sons of Icarus’ team, taking place at Mold Leisure Centre on May 18.

Dale Hughes, a roller derby referee-turned-coach, is already preparing to get his skates on for the men’s team in the fast and furious sport.

He said: “I trained alongside all the girls and really fancy playing the game for myself.

“I wanted to remain loyal and set up an associated league for men so I could get the wheels rolling for being able to play myself.

“Anyone can join us as it’s not an exclusive club. Guys of all shapes and sizes are more than welcome to get in touch and give it a try.

“Unlike most sports you don’t have to be a certain build. Roller derby can make use of all kinds of people and if you’ve got the determination to get through training you can and will be playing roller derby at the end of it.”

Roller derbies see blockers and jammers battle to pass each other on an oval circuit, with jammers getting a point for each blocker they pass.

The contact sport has rapidly been growing in popularity with the Women’s World Cup set to take place later this year.

Those brave enough to give it a go will undergo minimum skills training for the first couple of months to make sure no one is thrust into the action before being ready.

Anyone interested in learning more can email Mr Hughes at

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