The 10 to 17-year-oldsrepresented Lincolnshire in the historic event
On 11-13 August 2017, five teenagers from Lincoln’s Bombinos junior roller derby team participated in the first international Junior Roller Derby tournament. They joined with skaters from Hereford Poison Berries and Devon All Star Hitters to form ‘Team Britmix’ who played against teams from across Europe.
Coach Violet Impact said (real name Beverley Gormley) “It was fantastic to see our skaters playing alongside and learning from the best in Europe! We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our campaign, to our adult league the Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls, and especially to Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation. Without them, we couldn’t have taken part. We noticed an astonishing improvement in our skaters’ skills and endurance over the three days along with a huge sense of team bonding. They’ve formed friendships with skaters from the UK and Europe. There’s now a real buzz amongst junior teams in the UK and we’re already seeing games being organised to take place in the next couple of months”
The Bombinos team was set up around 6 years ago when the adult team, the Bombers, found that children were becoming interested in learning to play roller derby. The team currently sees 15 boys and girls aged 10-17 regularly training on a Saturday morning at Yarborough leisure centre in Lincoln and are coached by 4 skaters from the adult team.
The team is in desperate need of funding to provide child-sized safety equipment to new skaters. At the moment when children start skating they can borrow spare kit from the adult team which isn't always appropriate. If you are interested in donating or sponsoring the roller derby stars of the future, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to give junior roller derby a try, you can sign up to take part in the team’s taster day on 23rd September through Bombinos Roller Derby on Facebook or by emailing email@example.com