Fifties feel to Sheffield skating clash

ROLLEReb''Sheffield Steel Roller Girls prepare for their next derby.
ROLLEReb''Sheffield Steel Roller Girls prepare for their next derby.

SKATES, cakes and thrilling sport are on the menu at a Sheffield roller derby clash.

Sheffield Steel Rollergirls – the city’s only all-female flat track roller derby team – is lending a 1950s feel to its next game.

The team take on Lincolnshire Bombers Rollergirls at Ponds Forge on Saturday.

Market stalls, face painting, a circus corner and a photobooth, as well as a few themed surprises, are planned, while a charity raffle will raise cash for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

Roller derby players are now urging people to join them at Block Around the Clock.

A spokeswoman said: “The Sheffield Steel Rollergirls All Stars are hoping to show the home crowd a win Sheffield can be proud of.

“It’s a great family day out and we welcome fans of all ages.”

Roller derby is currently the world’s fastest growing sport, with more than 70 teams in the UK. It involves one skater from each team lapping members of the opposition for points.

Entry prices to the Sheffield event start at £5 and children under 12 go free. The market begins at 1pm and the derby from 2pm.

n Tickets can be bought in advance from www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.com