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Local roller derby team, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, has become the first league in the country to secure a Sport England grant. The skate league has been awarded over £4000 to boost numbers, buy equipment and bring specialised training to the team. The grant comes just a year after the sport became a recognised roller discipline.
MMR will be hosting their first tryouts of the year on 12th February, at the Rainbow Centre in Middlesbrough, from 2.30-6pm. The team are looking to recruit a number of women and men to train up as skaters, referees and non-skating officials.
Captain Dot says: “Being the first to get this grant is such a privilege and a massive achievement for the sport. Last year was so positive in terms of growth and progression. We just want to keep pushing forward and for that we need to bring in new people. We can train up people of all abilities, shapes and sizes. The main thing is that people have the right attitude.”
The Sport England small grants programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to deliver new community projects, to grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development.
Middlesbrough Milk Rollers is the North East’s first roller derby league – starting in 2007 – and has a growing number of female and male members. Roller derby is a sport involving formation roller skating around an oval track, with heavy contact and tactical plays. The game has become increasingly popular in the UK over the past few years, and became an officially recognised roller discipline in the UK in February 2011.
When MMR started there were just 4 leagues in the UK. However, this has grown to around 90. The Milk Rollers are also a founder member of UKRDA, the governing body for UK roller derby.
To tryout, or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on Facebook at Middlesbrough Milk Rollers on Facebook
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