ROLLER derby players and fans will be a common sight in town this year after a top team relocated to Huddersfield.
The Leeds Roller Dolls – a roller skating team with more than a dozen members from the town – are set to play all their 2011 home fixtures at Huddersfield Sports Centre at Southgate.
Roller derby, an all female sport of blocking and manoeuvring around a court, has been booming since it featured in Hollywood movie Whip It.
The girls take on sassy pseudonyms for the high speed contact sport and more than 50 teams have sprouted up across the country.
The Leeds Roller Dolls hosted a tournament at the sports centre last October and Brackenhall-based member Jude Gouldsborough – aka Magic-8-Brawl – said they were happy to find a new home after losing their base at Leeds University.
She said: “The one we used at the university got resurfaced and they didn’t want a load of girls thundering round on roller skates.
“Huddersfield Sports Centre have been fabulous, they have been so accommodating.
“There’s not many sports centres big enough, but they’ve got all the facilities we need.”
The Leeds Roller Dolls will be appearing at the centre on a monthly basis and are set to launch their season with a Great Yorkshire Showdown.
The six-team tournament on April 2 will see a full day of roller derby bouts between the region’s teams.
Roller Derby has recently been recognised as a sport by the British Roller Sports Federation and Jude said it was really taking off.
“This is the first time we can officially say we’re a sport rather than a pastime,” she said.