Bristol Roller Derby Roll Up the Funds for Local Charity ONE 25

Many have cycled the 16mile track from Bristol to Bath for its beautiful scenery, but not so many have attempted the route on roller skates. This difficult task didn’t deter 12 women from Bristol Roller Derby, who completed the challenge last month in less than four hours, and raised a grand total of £1022.00 for their league, and local charity One 25.

Roller derby is a female-only, full-contact sport played on quad roller skates and the league is completely skater owned and funded. Such fundraising events are essential to keep the sport of Roller Derby alive in Bristol.

Half of the sponsorship money raised has been donated to the Bristol-based charity One25. Since 1995, One25 has been supporting street-working women to escape the streets and build a life free from violence, poverty and addiction.

Gemma Green, 33, from Clifton took part in the skate. She said: “An underlying ethos of roller derby is to connect and empower women from all walks of life to be positive, focused and confident. This is reflected in the aims of One25 and it is great that we can help them to achieve this by sharing some of our funds raised.”

Josie Hill, from One 25, said: “We are very grateful to the Bristol Roller Derby league for recognising our work with vulnerable women in our city and supporting One25 so generously. The £500 raised by Bristol Roller Derby will make a big difference in supporting more local women to achieve their dreams: a life free from the abuses of the streets, reuniting with lost friends and family and finding their true potential in our soon to be launched skills development centre.”

The Bristol Roller Derby League was founded in April 2010 and they are always looking at inventive ways to raise funds, as well as currently looking into sponsorship opportunities.

Gemma continued: “Fundraising events such as the Bristol to Bath skate bring a real sense of camaraderie to the team and despite having very tired legs, we had such fun that many of the girls have even gone on to complete a 26 mile Roller Marathon at Goodwood”.

Further details of Bristol Roller Derby events, public bouts and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.bristolrollerderby.com.

For more information about One 25 visit http://www.one25.org.uk/

For more information or images please contact Brooke Nolan on blnolan@gmail.com or 07769184276.

One25 has been supporting vulnerable women and their families in Bristol since 14 May 1995. It offers night outreach, a friendly drop-in centre with a range of professional services and a unique mother and baby home – the only one in the country for mothers escaping sex-work. The charity’s mission is to reach out to women trapped in street sex-work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. For more information please visit http://www.one25.org.uk/ or call Josie Hill on 0117 909 8832.

Bristol Harbour Harlots show Gloucester the pain

Crowd pleasing hits at Painspotting Roller Derby bout
Photo courtesey of Matthew Roach

Better late than never…! Here’s our report on the recent Painspotting bout held here in Bristol on 9 July. This was only the second home bout in Bristol’s derby history, and once again we packed the place. Rowdy derby fans came from near and far to watch our beloved, brutal sport (and to eat our luscious cupcakes). We hear some Swansea City Slayers even showed up!

Back in December of last year the Bristol Harbour Harlots bravely faced Gloucester’s Severn Roller Torrent, and were soundly defeated 138-60. It was clear that the Harlots had some work to do. And work they did! After a few months of intense training, not to mention some excellent guest coaching and a couple derby bootcamps, the Harlots invited SRT to Bristol for a re-match. This time the story was quite different, with the Harlots maintaining control of the entire game and taking the win 195-91.

Bristol Roller Deby: Painspotting
Photo courtesey of Matthew Roach

To get right to the point, that was some great roller derby, y’all! Both teams worked extremely hard, and the crowd not only got to see some super hard hits but some excellent strategies. Jammer penalties on both teams led to some intense power jams, racking up lots of points – always great fun to watch. The Harlots offered a deep bench of skilled jammers, maintaining those much-needed fresh legs throughout the bout. And not only that but each jammer brought her own unique strengths to the game, really keeping SRT on their toes. This, combined with fantastic communication and blocking, worked to their advantage. Gloucester was able to pick up quite a few points throughout the game though, taking Bristol by surprise with some impressive footwork and heavy blocks, and often sneaking through the pack before the Harlots could call off the jams.

Katie Clysmic holds her own against Helen Fury's solid blocks
Photo courtesey of Matthew Roach

Rumour has it that UWE staff thought this was one of the most organised sporting events they’d seen in a while, and we were all really proud of ourselves too – from the fans to the refs, cake bakers to derby widows, all hands were on deck to make this not only a win for the Harlots, but a win for Bristol Roller Derby. We should also mention that we totally won the after party too!

If you haven’t yet joined the Harlots on Facebook, it’s about time you did. Come see us at www.facebook.com/BristolHarbourHarlots and keep an eye out for the next bout!

Written by La Calavera #420

 

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