Leeds roller derby is going international as Leeds Roller Dolls (LRD) have been invited to compete in a tournament in the USA next year.
LRD, who have made Morley’s Futsal Arena their home, will be sending their first team, the Rebel Roses to play at the Beach Brawl tournament, Florida, in May 2014.
One of just seven European teams competing, the skaters are “incredibly excited to have been invited to play on the same stage as some of the world’s strongest teams,” said Hayley Avron,
who skates under the name Livid Doll.
She said: “Leeds Roller Dolls are proud to be at the forefront of UK roller derby. We are always looking for ways provide inspiration and develop talent in the local area.”
Fundraising efforts are already underway with a target of £20,000 to get the team stateside.
Hayley said: “Raising the funds will be a huge challenge for the league, but we always rise to challenges. We are very excited to be making our international debut.”
Visit leedsrollerdolls.com for more information, or www.gofundme.com/3r8xrc to donate.