There’s a new flock in town and they come complete with hot pants and roller skates.
Liverpool Roller Birds is the city’s first ever roller derby league a game made famous last year by the film ‘Whip It’ starring Drew Barrymore. It’s a women-only contact sport, with two teams battling it out on a flat indoor track.
Though the knee-high socks may be cute, this game is fast and furious. As an over-18s sport, roller derby has a place for women of all shapes and sizes; and the Liverpool Roller Birds can be seen in action at their first ever home bout – suitably titled A Hard Day’s Fight – as part of the team’s first anniversary celebrations.
And with names such as Sissy Breakneck and Mallory Hard-Knox these girls say they mean business and promise a good show.
Liverpool Roller Birds team member Flis Mitchell, known on the track as Disco-Carnage, told SevenStreets:
“It’s going to be a spectactular event with over 48 skaters. There will be thrills, spills, glory, glamour and fishnets.
“It is a gripping, all-female contact sport that will soon be a huge part of the sporting landscape in Liverpool. I hope people will come in November to get an early taste of the action.”
Launched last year, Liverpool Roller Birds now has more than 20 ‘chicks’ training for a spot on the team as well as a long waiting list, with a new intake due in September for fledgelings.
“I went along to a training session on a Saturday morning and have been addicted since,” said Chloe Brennan, who joined as a chick this year. “I never want to take off my skates.”
“I love that its a fun sport with a group of women from diverse backgrounds who come together and have a great time getting fit and having a good time. It’s like having a ready made group of friends.
• There will be an ‘explosion’ of music, burlesque dancers, raffles and roller derby memorabilia at the Bands and Burlesque night on Monday 23 August at Mojo at 7.30pm
• A Hard Day’s Fight takes place on Saturday 13 November at Greenbank Sports
Academy in Liverpool, starting at 2pm. All are welcome
• For more information Liverpool Roller Birds on Facebook