Nottingham roller derby team, the Hellfire Harlots have announced that the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association have confirmed that they are now full WFTDA members.
Along with 22 other leagues across the world including Copenhagen Roller Derby (Denmark), Paradise Rollergirls (Hawaii, USA) and Richter City Roller Girls (New Zealand), the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are now full members of the WFTDA , further cementing their status as a serious and dedicated women’s sports team in Nottingham.
Hellfire Harlots Chair, Kitty Fury said, “We are delighted that the WFTDA has announced we have made full member status. We are the only English team to make full member status in this round of announcements and the team have worked incredibly hard to get us to this stage. We couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present for the entire league!
“WFTDA members are eligible for tournaments, rankings, sanctioned interleague play, and help shape the rules and regulations of the game so this is a great responsibility as well as a great honour.”
The Hellfire Harlots became an Apprentice League in October 2012 and achieving full member status was almost a full time job in itself. The league has to prove they are run by the skaters, for the skaters and establish policies to ensure all skaters are always treated fairly and equally. Leagues wishing to move from Apprentice status to full Member status must not only complete a lot of paperwork but be a legal entity and demonstrate they can run fully sanctioned bouts.
You can see the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots play their next bout in Telford at Tattoo Freeze on 12 January 2014.
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About the Hellfire Harlots
The Hellfire Harlots were established in May 2010 and the team is entirely run by the skaters, for the skaters. In recent months, the Nottingham-based roller derby team has achieved WFTDA full Member status among other things thanks to the hard work of the skaters, referees and Non-Skating Officials (NSOs) who love the sport and their team.
Other cool things our team has done:
- Winning Nottingham Sports Club of the Year 2012
- Winning Broxtowe Borough’s Sports Club of the Year 2011
- We competed in our first tournament in August 2013
- Established our B-team and run intra-league bouts in 2013
- 2013 has been our most successful year to date regarding recruiting new skaters
- Travelled to Malmö, Sweden to play first away international bout in November 2013
- More international away bouts to come in 2014
- Three of our skaters made the shortlist for two national teams (Team England and Team Sweden)
- Our biggest win in 2013 was to Newcastle Roller Girls (NRG) by 162 points.
With over 60 paid members attending training sessions every week, the Hellfire Harlots are a growing team who are dedicated to training hard to become one of the UK’s best roller derby teams.
About the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)
Founded in 2005, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) promotes and fosters the sport of women’s flat track roller derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among member leagues.
The governing philosophy of the WFTDA is “by the skaters, for the skaters.” Female skaters are primary owners, managers, and/or operators of each member league and of the association. Operational tasks include setting standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determining guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. All WFTDA member leagues have a voice in the decision-making process, and agree to comply with the governing body’s policies.
About Roller Derby
Roller derby is a contact sport played on roller skates on an oval track. Each team fields five players, four blockers and one jammer. The jammers attempt to score points by skating through the pack while the blockers on each team try to help their own jammer past and hinder the opposing team’s jammer. After approaching the pack for a second time in each jam, jammers can then score points. The jammer who broke through the pack first on the initial pass is declared lead jammer and can call the jam off at any time.
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