The Central City Rollergirls season is set to kick off this Saturday 8th September, when the Centrinnians take on Big Bucks High Rollers and Slay Belles take on Bristol Roller Derby. This will be the first game in CCR’s season which usually runs from September to July. To coincide with the launch of our updated website, we thought we’d bring you up to speed with what have they been up to during the off season. Read on to find out more…
CCR skaters raise in excess of £2k for Cancer Research UK
Earlier this Summer a group of CCR skaters took place in Race for Life and managed to raise just over £2500 for their efforts. Anyone who came to our closing game of the season will know that the proceeds from this bout were also donated to the cause. Verry Cherry told us how the day went below.
“It’s a really sad fact that cancer touches so many, if not all of us at some point. It could be a family member, a friend or even a famous person we look up to, either way no one wants it around. At CCR we take our health and fitness pretty seriously, but for me personally running is the one thing I hate doing so when I saw the adverts for Race for Life I thought what a great raise money for Cancer Research, pushing myself to do something I’m not keen on in exchange for donations? Knowing my CCR team mates wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity, as some had taken part before, we set the group up, got on the treadmill and hounded people for the dosh.
Gratefully we started receiving donations and hit a major high when CCR agreed that at our last game of the season the profits raised would be given to our group. So thank you to everyone who came to the bout in June and made a donation.
On the day itself the sun came out as we all sun blocked up ready to go, some of us running hoping to set a new personal best, others taking a gentle stroll around the park. The day had a fantastic atmosphere, full of team spirit and support – finished off with a well earned pint!
Many thanks to everyone who dug deep to give what they could for such a worthy cause.”
As well as raising money for charity, CCR skaters have been training hard during the off season, adjusting to some new changes to their season. Alongside this many of our referees and NSO’s have been helping at various bouts and tournaments throughout the continent. At the Men’s European Derby Championships in July CCR had representatives on Referee and NSO crews as well as fielding some players for the Crash Test Brummies. You may have also seen CCR referees in some of the fixtures played by Team USA in their whistle stop tour or Europe last weekend.
WFTDA Certification for Major Travis T and Metal Ed
Certification stantardises the ability of officials and reaffirms confidence in their performance. Ed told us that he applied for certification to affirm his ability “I applied to prove to myself that I am a good referee and can do it. It was the next logical step.”
The WFTDA certification process can be applied for by all referees, and depends on collected evaluations, a league administered skate test and all important rules test. These go together with references to decide what certification (if any) the applicant should receive. Since evaluations can only come from WFTDA regulation or sanctioned bouts Travis and Ed highly recommended that any referees looking to apply for certification got as much of this experience as possible. Travis told us that the “best opportunity is to ref in the U.S but there are more opportunities now with more sanctioned bouts in the UK.”
Travis and Ed join Cherry Fury as the only refs in Europe to hold this esteemed certification (Boris Snarloff of Leeds holds NSO certification also). Although cool and collected on track, both were suitability excited by their new certification :”I had a ‘**** YES’ moment when it came through” Travis told us, whereas Ed added “I was at work and couldn’t concentrate on anything else when the email came through, I was like ‘yeah I wanna ref now!'”
Every league values their referees (certified or not) but sanctioned referees are essential for some competitions to take place, and we look forward to seeing our refs back in action when CCR’s season starts on September 8th.