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Student Daniel England to compete at the International Junior Derby this February - 29/01/2018

Year 8 student, Daniel England from University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) is competing at the International Junior Derby Exhibition on Day 4 of the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup, held in Manchester.

Roller derby is a full-contact sport played by two teams of five members on quad roller skates, by skating around an elliptical track. The game play consists of a series of short match ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attend to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer.

Daniel has successfully completed his Minimum Skills Level 3 Roller Derby, which allows him to participate in the full contact games. Daniel currently plays for the Hereford Poison Berries Group, representing the UK and is known on the track as ‘Cereal Killer #7105’.

During October half term, Daniel and his team were invited to play an exhibition game which was streamed to a worldwide audience, at the time of the men’s Roller Derby World Championships. The game was a pivotal point for the UK Roller Derby and a historical event for Junior Roller Derby. The Championship was the first of any gender or age to be held in the UK and the first UK Junior Championship to be broadcasted worldwide. After the championships, Daniel was interviewed by one of the commentators and gave a professional and mature interview to the camera.

Daniel’s interview was broadcasted via a video link, alongside 99 hopeful junior skaters worldwide. Due to his staking ability, Daniel managed to secure himself one of the 30 places available on a Junior Exhibition Game which is a phenomenal achievement due to the limited time Daniel has been competing at Level 3.

Roller derby as it stands is an international sport that is played in over 20 countries and is making it big in the UK. Roller Derby has been considered as one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

The 4-day event will be covered by BBC Sports where Daniel will compete on Sunday 4th February.

Daniel’s hard work and commitment to the sport has also attracted the attention and support of two sponsors including The Works Gym, where a personal trainer will work closely with Daniel until his next major tournament. A Merseyside based Referee will also work with Daniel in potentially becoming one of the youngest Roller Derby Referees in the country.

Well done to Daniel for his hard work and we wish Daniel the best of luck at the International Junior Derby this February.