Back to school with CCR! Bootcamp 12th September.

Hark! What’s that? A BOOTCAMP?

Central City Rollergirls will be hosting an awesome bootcamp on the 12th of September 2015!

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Skater?

Want to beat the post holiday blues? What better way to blow the cobwebs away than a great bootcamp to load up your tool box ready for next season! With a whole host of world class coaches we want you to join us for an excellent day of learning, fun, and scrimmage. Fresh from their success at SKOD lll winning bronze, and with a successful campaign at the British Champs premier division seeing some close games against the likes of Auld Reekie, Central City want to share their secrets with you!

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Official?

Prefer stripes instead of mouth-guards and contact? Never fear! We are running an Officials Bootcamp in tandam with our skater camp where you can learn from one of Europe’s most recognizable names and faces of officiating, Metal Ed!

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The boot camp is aimed at rookie, intermediate skaters, and officials who want the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s top international talent.  Here is a little preview of the coaches who will be taking classes over the day and a little taster of what is to come. Tickets can be bought here: http://centralcityrollergirls.moonfruit.com

Coach Illbilly:

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Illbilly is fresh from the success of 1st place with Southern Discomfort at MEC 2015 (Men’s European Cup). He is a skater for England Men’s roller Derby for the second successive year and head coach of Central City Rollergirls. His wealth of experience and years of skating are second to none. He will be imparting his knowledge on a variety of topics and skills which will help you bolster your toolbox to get ready for your next scrimmage or bout. With fancy footwork and a cheeky smile you’ll love learning how to jam and block like one of the best.

Metal Ed:

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Ed is a level 3 WFTDA official and one of the most respected referee’s in Europe. With nearly 300 bouts under his belt to date he will be running a master-class on officiating including, how to talk like an official, impact and initiator and teaching you the best way to maximise your skating skills to help you become a more efficient official.

Tinchy Slider:

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Tinchy is captain of CCR’s A Team, one of our top tier jammers, and all round good egg. She has had a stand out season as a top jammer in the British Champs Premier division, as well as a main rotation skater for Team Ireland Women’s at the 2014 World Cup. Tinchy’s specialties in jamming are second to none and she is very excited to be able to share her wealth of experience with some new talent. Want to jam like a boss? Tinchy’s your girl.

Katie Clysmic:

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KC is a long standing skater with CCR who transferred over from Carolina Rollergirls in 2013. A successful blocker and Jammer KC spent her time at Carolina perfecting her agility and tactical skills to become a top flight skater in the A team and travelling to D2 WFTDA Playoffs in Kilamazoo MI with CRG.

These are just a few of the CCR faces that will be offering up their knowledge and experience to pass onto the lucky skaters who attend. We have loads more coaches to help too including Viv la France (Team France), Boots Manuva (Crash Test Brummies) and Dana Scurry (Team Ireland).

Tickets can be purchased online at: centralcityrollergirls.moonfruit.com

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1656943811201437/

Follow us on twitter: @The_CCR and on facebook for more details!

Bootcamp details:
9am – 7pm including scrimmage.
Intermediate and Rookie level.

Officials tickets: 25 pounds
Skater ticket: 45 pounds
Off Skates: 10 pounds

Address:

Doug Ellis Sports Centre
150 Wellhead Lane
Perry Barr
Birmingham
B42 2SY

Bus: 997, 935, 33, 46
Train: Perry Barr train station

Sat 12th of September 2015

A Skate Odyssey, Round 2 – FIGHT!

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Last May, Central City Rollergirls set off to a very sunny Gent, Belgium to compete at the second installment of A Skate Odyssey. With SKOD III being CCR’s third tournament abroad we are honored to be offered a spot at this year’s event and another intense campaign trail to win the coveted Jawbreaker trophy!

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(Photo from the SKOD facebook page)

Last year CCR finished a respectable 4th place after a nail biting semi-final with the hosts Gent Go-Go Roller Girls (166-158) which was highly regarded as the game of the tournament.

CCR are fresh from a very narrow defeat at the hands of fellow SKOD competitors Middlesbrough Milk rollers and are ready to take on Paris Roller Girls in their first heat of SKOD.

The last time Paris and Central City played each other was back in November 2013 where Central City took the win 226-201. It was a hotly contested game as both teams had made huge improvements in their rankings and both competed at a consistently high level through the year. Although Central City missed out on playing the Parisian champions of SKOD last year they are gearing up for another close game.

Never a team to shy away from a challenge CCR have been training hard in the run up to SKOD III competing in the premier division of the British Championships alongside Tiger Bay, Rainy City, Glasgow, Auld Reekie and Middlesbrough. It has proven a fruitful tournament so far with CCR seeing massive improvements in their score differentials. With one installment left to go, SKOD will prove to be the ultimate challenge with 3 games over one weekend and perfect preparation for their final games of the Brit champs against Rainy City and the mighty Auld Reekie Rollergirls.

Captain of the A Team Tinchy Slider gives us the low down on this CCR’s season so far and the aspirations of this year’s squad for SKOD III:

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TS: “We can’t wait to get to SKOD. It’s coming in the midst of very busy month for our A Team. May has seen us already face MMR in a British Champs tournament and we’ll end the month with a weekend of games in Glasgow. SKOD itself will be a peak for us as we get to meet some familiar and not so familiar opponents. We’ve been building in lots of preparation over recent months and have spent much of March and April focusing on our teamwork and strategy. We’ve also been working on our fitness and resilience which will help us to cope with the intensity of the month ahead. 

We’ve met a couple of the SKOD teams recently – MMR and Hellfire – and the games have been competitive. We’ve played Paris, Dublin and Gent in the past but it’s been a while and their squads are looking a little different so those are all tough teams to call. We haven’t skated against Newcastle, Nantes, Dirty River or Copenhagen but have been doing our research to gather as much info as we can.

Our first game will be against Paris on Friday at 15:45 Belgium time (14:45 UK time). We’re expecting it to be challenging – Paris have been going from strength to strength and have held their ranking despite a pretty big shuffle in their squad. But CCR have been going from strength to strength too and we’ve have pitched ourselves against some some pretty tough competition so far this season. We’ve taken away lessons from every game we’ve played and we want to put this into practice in Gent.

I’m feeling confident going into the tournament. We have a small but determined crew of skaters heading over and we’re all going into the tournament prepared to push ourselves to our limit. These skaters are committed and hard working, and I’m so proud to going out on track with them.”

Veronica Fever from hosts Gent Go-Go shares her thoughts on this year’s event:
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VF: “We (Gent Go-Go) are very happy to be organising this for the third year in a row – when we started this, we really wanted it to become the spring WFTDA tournament in Europe. A real institution, something everyone knows, like ECDX in the USA  and although we are operating on a smaller scale, I think we really have established ourselves as a cool tournament that people want to come to and that is organised in a most professional way, with the best possible officials etc.

And for this year, we’re really happy to welcome a whole new bunch of teams to the tournament. But we’re also happy that last year’s winners Paris are coming back to defend their title and that CCR are also making the return trip of course (shall we do that semi-final game again? J)
I think many of the teams that are coming over are very similar in level, and so we are hoping for a verrrry exciting tournament with some real nail biters. 

Central City are also very proud to announce that well respected league officials Metal Ed and Head of Officiating Rollin’ Rat will both return to SKOD this year in stripes ready to enforce the rules and showcase their excellent skills on the European stage. Both Ed and Ratty are seasoned in tournaments abroad and are very excited to be participating in this year’s event.”

Metal Ed shares his thoughts on the run up to the weekend:
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ME: “I’m really looking forward to SKOD, it’s such a good, enjoyable tournament and it has become a popular and permanent fixture in the roller derby calendar. I’ve been lucky enough to be at all three so far and I’ve seen it grow and develop in to what it is now, and hopefully continue to be a bigger event in years to come.”

It’s certainly shaping up to be an excellent weekend for European Roller Derby!

Teams list: Gent Go-Go (Be), Central City Rollergirls(UK), Nottingham Hellfire Harlots (UK), Middlesbrough Milk Rollers (UK), Paris Rollergirls (Fr), Newcastle Rollergirls (UK), Nantes Derby Girls (Fr), Dirrty River Roller Girls (Fin), Dublin Rollergirls (Ir), Copenhagen (Den)

The tournament will be streamed from http://www.wftda.tv  FREE OF CHARGE but please do DONATE what you can towards Gents costs for providing this awesome tournament to the world online.

You can donate by clicking the ‘donate’ button on the SKOD website www.skod.be

CCR join ‘Wheels4Wheelz’ initiative with new charity partnership

Words by Rachel Abbott

General pictureDo you remember what it felt like when you first put on that pair of stinky hire kit skates for the first time? Of course you do. For me, that was about 10 months ago. If you ask newbie skaters like myself to describe what that felt like, you’re likely to hear words like “bambi” “clumsy” “foreign” “out of control”. We weren’t born with wheels strapped to our legs, so naturally learning to use them is a completely alien concept; one that requires good coaching, hours of practice, and the right equipment.

There’s also the long term, experienced skaters who, after injury, find themselves having to re-train their body back to using their wheels. This can be a very frustrating and long process, as one skater told me: “When I broke my leg, after the initial shock had worn off and reality set in, I very much doubted my ability to walk let alone get back on skates again. I felt like a huge part of my life had just been taken away from me – not just roller derby but an active lifestyle. I watched practices and games and ended up just crying from frustration.”

MalachiAs part of our exciting plans for 2015, Central City Rollergirls have decided to support a national charity that also operates in our local area of Birmingham. Whizz-Kidz provide a range of mobility equipment to children with disabilities, to give them independence at home, at school and at play. They also provide wheelchair skills training delivered by a wheelchair user, Ambassador clubs support by volunteers. There is one of these clubs operating monthly in Birmingham.

Did you know that there are an estimated 70,000 disabled children struggling to get a wheelchair that meets all their needs? When I spoke with Vicki Rowles from Whizz-Kidz, she explained to me how the standard NHS wheelchairs are often limiting, uncomfortable and often don’t adapt to the child as they grow – this can cause frustration, and pain for them, as their equipment doesn’t meet their needs. It also can impact on their ability to socialise or take part in sport – heavy manual wheelchairs need a carer to push them – which can be a bit of an issue if you’re 16 and want to hang out with your friends! It would be akin to a skater wearing skates that were the wrong size and shape for your foot; they’d most likely hurt – and they wouldn’t suit your needs.

The wheelchair training is also a key element – they teach the children and young people how to use their manual wheelchairs, or how to operate their electric ones, or even a purpose built sports chair. Can you imagine how much harder it would have been to learn/pass your minimum skills without the support of a coach? How would you have nailed those transitions? What about laterals? These skills are fundamental to skating, as wheelchair skills are so important to these young people, whose mobility is restricted.

We value our wheels, and the mobility they give us. We know that others, like the young people supported by Whizz-Kidz, do not always have the right wheels, which limits their opportunities. Here are a few of the initial ways that Central City Rollergirls are supporting Whizz-Kidz throughout 2015:

  • Collection buckets at our games – so dig out that spare change and do something good;
  • Free entry to CCR games for young people supported by Whizz-Kidz;
  • Promotion of the great work done by Whizz-Kidz.

We really appreciate any help that our fans and supporters can give to help us contribute to the work of Whizz-Kidz – whether its financially, donating a raffle prize or anything else, everything is gratefully received.

Our next game will be on 29th March at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre and more details can be found here.

Information on disabled access at the venue can be found here.

If you’d like to find out more about the work that Whizz-Kidz do, please visit http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/

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