Fierce Valley Roller Girls: Five Years On
In November 2010, three friends decided to try to set up a local roller derby league, and Fierce Valley Roller Girls was born. I spoke to the league founders, V for Vienetta, Grizabelta and Kirk Jammett, for their thoughts on the last five years.
What prompted you to establish Fierce Valley Roller Girls, and how did you get started?
V: I had been following ARRG for a while and was interested in derby then after finaly seeing a bout I took Griz and Kirk through to see ARRG’s next one. I quickly realised I wanted to be involved in some way with roller derby in Scoland and started to look into learning to ref.
At this time Scotland only had leagues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh and we joked about starting one in Falkirk, the joke continued on for a couple of weeks where it then started to become more serious and then before we knew it we were looking into equipment, finding out about rules, skating, training and trying to find a hall to put this all together.
G: Our own laziness! V had convinced Kirk and myself to go along to an ARRG bout, and we were instantly hooked. We spent the entire journey home discussing how we could go about getting involved, but living in Falkirk, our nearest leagues were Edinburgh and Glasgow. I already spent a lot of time out the house with my other hobbies (outwith derby I’m a band geek and hospital radio DJ!) so wasn’t keen to add more travelling to my week, and eventually ‘if only there was something closer’ turned into ‘we could make this happen if we try’. It was really the boys’ vision – but as a predominately female sport at the time, they thought it a bit inappropriate to approach sports halls on their own to try and bring this amazing women’s sport to Forth Valley – which is where my involvement really came in! As the radio station is a small charity, I was fortunate to have the knowledge behind me of how to run not-for-profit organisations (or at least know the principles of how to run one!). We managed to convince Bo’ness Recreation Centre to let us skate around for a bit, and after a meeting in a pub to gather some interest – Fierce Valley Roller Girls was born!
K: Marco has been pestering us to go to a – then bout – with him, so we finally took up the chance to go see ARRG play. Then followed a rather excited train journey home about what names we could have, and if we could really create our own league in the falkirk area.
A few weeks went by and I got in contact with Marco again and said that if he was serious about starting it to count me in.
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Sourced from the Scottish Roller Derby blog and written by Camelon Diaz of FVRG.
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