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Birmingham roller derby team skates on with funding from GFORCE

Added 26 Feb 2019 by GFORCE

A roller derby team from Birmingham has been awarded an important funding boost by leading sports kit provider, GFORCE Sportswear.

The Birmingham Blitz Dames applied to GFORCE Sportswear’s Grassroots Campaign, which aims to provide financial support to help local sports teams and clubs from across the region achieve their aspirations, after successes in the sport called for them to travel around more for competitions.

Founded in 2006, the Dames have reached the top five in the UK and were over the moon to receive £600 to help them compete at the highest level - including when they host the European Continental Cup this October.

Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, director of the Blitz Dames, said: "We are entirely self-funded and we invest a lot of time and finances into running the league, and the more competitive we become the more those costs rise. 

"In the past 14 months the team has been abroad four times, including to the USA, which is no mean feat financially. Even within the UK, transporting up to 20 skaters and bench staff to tournaments where they need accommodation is rarely cheap.

"Receiving this funding means we can support our members who put time, energy and their own money into competing by relieving some of that pressure. It is eternally nice to be recognised for the work we are doing and to be worthy of support from a great organisation like GFORCE. It’s a brilliant boost for all of us!"

After two successful years in which GFORCE Sportswear’s Grassroots Campaign made 12 donations at a total of £10,000 to clubs and teams across the Midlands the company has again set aside a £5,000 pot of money for 2018 reinforcing its commitment to grassroots sport.

Simon Ward, sales director at GFORCE Sportswear, said: "The Grassroots campaign has given so much joy to the community over the last two years that we just had to run it again.

"We are absolutely delighted to be able to support a team with the ambition and collective spirit presented by the Birmingham Blitz Dames as they get stuck in and do all the hard work which makes competing and playing the sport they love possible.

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