Cheshire Hellcats Roller Derby League are taking part in this year’s Roller Derby British Championships for the first time.

Formed in 2013, the all female team based in Ellesmere Port will face five teams in tier five of the championships.

The Hellcats are hosting a double header home game ‘Release the Jammerwock’ at Leasowe Recreation Centre, Wallasey on Saturday, April 9.

First up Reapers Roller Derby will face Bedfordshire Rollergirls, then Hellcats will take on the Wakey Wheeled Cats.

Cheshire Hellcats Roller Derby League play in the British Championships 2016

Team captain Sam Platt said: “We are thrilled that the Hellcats will play in the British Championships this year. As a team we have been training hard for this and not only does taking part in the Champs ensure we grow as a league, it also gives us the opportunity to face more experienced teams and push ourselves to a new level. Win or lose we will enjoy every second of it.”

Roller Derby has been gaining popularity in the UK over the last five years and is a full contact team sport played on roller skates and is ideal for anyone looking for an exciting and fun sport and also gives a cardiovascular and full body workout.

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Cheshire Hellcats are recruiting for new female skaters aged 18 or over, and being able to skate isn’t necessary - all skills are taught in structured training sessions which currently take place at Stanney Oaks in Ellesmere Port.

Cheshire Hellcats Roller Derby League play in the British Championships 2016

Head coach Shezz Latham said: “Roller Derby is an all inclusive sport that is suitable for everyone whatever your shape, size or skill level. We have skaters who have joined us at 18, skaters who have joined us in their 40s, skaters who have done no exercise in years, and skaters who were already experienced in roller derby. Half the fun is learning a new skill and pushing yourself, the other half is playing an exciting sport with a team of women who really support each other."

To find out more about the championship games or joining Cheshire Hellcats, check out Cheshire Hellcats on facebook or email

Tickets for the championships are £5 in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or £7 on the door (free for under 12s).