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Barnsley Mum-To-Be Sets Up Roller Derby Team

Wednesday July 11 2012

A MUM-to-be is aiming to set up Barnsley's first ever Roller Derby team.

Joanne Greasley, 23, from Monk Bretton used to train with the Sheffield Steel Roller Girls but when she moved to Barnsley couldn't find a team to join.

She said: "It's a real contact sport and really there's no easy way to explain it without showing a video of what it's all about.

"I'm eight months pregnant and people think I'm mad when I tell them I'm doing this but I'd been thinking about it for a while and I thought I'd take advantage of my maternity leave to arrange something. I'm obviously not going to be skating around with a bump."

Joanne will be hosting an information day at Walkabout on Sunday from 2pm to do an early sign up for ladies who may be interested. The event is for over-18s only.

She said: "I'm just trying to get an idea of who'd be interested - we need 12 for a team and a coach but there will be no skate training starting for a month or so.

"The first thing will be to learn basic skating techniques - it doesn't matter if you can't skate, I'm really keen that we all learn together at the same pace.

"I think it's really important that we get something like this in Barnsley - I feel like a lot of the local sports clubs are aimed at younger people so it would be great to get something like this going."

To see what roller derby is all about, watch the Sheffield Steel Roller Girls in action (you might want to skip to about two minutes in) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGQdwOouSyw

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Reply Posted by Angela Pollard on Wednesday July 11 2012 at 12:43
I'm really interested but can't be at the meeting on Sunday. Any advice?

Reply Posted by Ashleigh Madigan on Wednesday July 11 2012 at 12:45
I'm very interested, but unfortunatly unable to make it on sunday. Can someone help?

Reply Posted by Lucy on Wednesday July 11 2012 at 13:04
Im interested but can't make it Sunday
Due to work :(

Reply Posted by Sharon on Wednesday July 11 2012 at 13:27
Would love some more info but can't make it Sunday. Can u email the info?

Reply Posted by Joanne on Wednesday July 11 2012 at 14:11

If anyone can not make it can you please email me at grizz001@hotmail.co.uk

Reply Posted by Joanne on Thursday July 12 2012 at 12:15
I have created a group on facebook, please join if you would like to keep up with information

Reply Posted by Samantha on Saturday July 14 2012 at 19:56
I'm gonna try and make it tomorrow. I'm really interested as my friend is in a team in Falmouth and loves it! I've been waiting for someone to start a Barnsley roller derby team for months! X

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