CCR’s first travel team, The Belles of Centrinnians first skated at Roll Britannia in July 2009, whilst The Slays Belles (CCR’s second travel team) debuted against Middlesbrough Milk Rollers in December 2009, and April 2012 sees the first public bout of their third travel team, the Raging Belles.
The Ragers join The Slay Belles and the Belles of Centrinnians as one of CCR’s travel teams, and the evolution of this team comes from the high numbers of bout-ready skaters at CCR – currently nearing the 100 mark.
Stevel Knievel, who heads the CCR coaching team explains why a new team is so important to CCR . “Thanks to the structure we’ve put in place, we now have plenty of skaters who have sped through the Development programme to pass their minimum skills and become bout ready. Previously we looked to send them out to bout in mixed ‘cherry popper’ bouts, but while useful in themselves, we thought our skaters needed more and a way to help them move up through the CCR ranks quicker.”
As well as being a debut bout for the Ragers, the event co-incides with CCR coach Barry Fight running the London Marathon on the same weekend. Barry is running the race in aid of West Midlands Lupus Group and to help him reach his goal of £1,000, all money raised by the bout will go towards his cause.
Ragers Captain, Faze’Her says this first public bout is a huge deal for everyone involved. “We’ve all come through training together, learnt to skate together, now we’re finally getting to bout together. Bouting is the ultimate goal and this is the beginning of our bouting career, but an important milestone.”
The Ragers already have a few fixtures lined up, and Stevel told us about long- terms plans for the team. “The Ragers have got two bouts, as well as a closed doors practice with another new league, to look forward to before the league’s Summer break, and we’ll be reaching out to new leagues for similar opportunities next year.”