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How do I get to the ARC in Glasgow?
How do I get to the ARC in Glasgow?

SPORTS fans of all ages have the chance to see ‘Star Wars’ collide with ‘Jurassic Park’ this weekend – as Glasgow Roller Derby’s home teams go to war for the first time this season.

It’s a double header at Glasgow’s ARC sports centre on Saturday as the Bad Omens, Death Stars, Hell’s Belles and the Tyrannosaurus Wrecks play against each other.

It’s your chance to be the first to see the new line-ups play. The action is on from 11.30am to 4pm.

You can buy your ticket in advance for only £5 (£7 on the door) via the website – http://glasgowrollerderby.com. On the day there will be merchandise, cake stands, face painting and the chance to see the T-Wrecks bouting for the first time.

Local players expected to line up include Hardcore Prawn – aka Alison Hope – from Kirkintilloch.

The ARC at Glasgow Caledonian University is next to Buchanan Street bus station.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister has hailed Glasgow Roller Derby as “incredibly inspiring” and backed their mission to take the States by storm.

Fellow MSPs, MPs, councillors and MEPs are also supporting the fundraising campaign kicked off by the GRD to help the Irn Bruisers compete in the annual East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Pennsylvania in June.

It’s one of the biggest and best derby events in the world and Ms Sturgeon has backed the GRD to fly the flag.

She said: “The success of the Irn Bruisers continues to grow month after month and it is incredibly inspiring to see so many women who are passionate about developing the roller derby sport here in Scotland.

“I wish the whole team every luck in their endeavour to compete at an international level in the USA and I look forward to seeing them fly the flag for Scotland overseas.”

A series of fundraising events are being held, but the GRD are also calling on firms to help them blaze a trail across the Atlantic.

Glasgow MSP Bob Doris added: “This is an exciting opportunity for Glasgow Roller Derby to be recognised on the international stage.

“I wish Glasgow Roller Derby and the Irn Bruisers every success in their fundraising efforts to get to the States, and believe they will do both our city and Scotland proud.”

Fellow Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart said: “The Irn Bruisers are fantastic ambassadors for women, Glasgow and Scotland. Already within the top 10 teams in Europe, they are a superb team that are really going places – which is why I encourage as many people as possible to support and – where possible – consider corporate sponsorship of the team to make sure their dream becomes a reality.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I’d like to wish Glasgow Roller Derby every success at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza in a few months time.

“I’m sure they will give another boost to Glasgow’s reputation as a great city of sport.”

Alyn Smith, Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, added: “Having spoken to those involved at Glasgow Roller Derby, I know they are determined to raise the funds necessary for the girls to fly the flag for Scotland in Pennsylvania – and I’m certain they’ll do us all proud once they get there.”

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson MP said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the Irn Bruisers have been invited to represent Scotland and compete in the US.

“This is a remarkable achievement. I wish the team the very best of luck. I will be rooting for them in June!”

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP Gregg McClymont said: “Glasgow Roller Derby is an exciting league that has come a long way in terms of players and fans. For the women to be invited to take part in the seventh Annual East Coast

Derby Extravaganza is a mark of how their hard work and commitment has paid off.

“I wish the Irn Bruisers all the best in the competition and hope to get along to one of their games soon.”

East Dunbartonshire councillor Gillian Renwick said: “I wish them the best of luck in America, where I know roller derby is very popular. The Americans wont know what’s hit them when confronted by the Scots metal!”

Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that Glasgow’s own Irn Bruisers have been invited to take on some of the world’s best roller derby teams in the USA.

“Roller derby is a fast, tough sport and the Irn Bruisers are already dominating competitions across Europe. It would be a real boost to roller derby at home if they were able to fly the flag for Scotland in America. Good luck ladies!”

And Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart said: “The Irn Bruisers are fantastic ambassadors for women, Glasgow and Scotland.

“They are a superb team that are really going places – which is why I encourage as many people as possible to support and – where possible – consider corporate sponsorship of the team to make sure their dream becomes a reality.”

David Martin – Scotland’s senior MEP, speaking from Strasbourg – added: “I am happy to know that we have such strong ambassadors for Scottish womanhood here on the Continent.”

Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd enthused: “I hope the Bruisers carry the flag for Glasgow.”

Paul Martin MSP added: “Good luck to the Irn Bruisers – the chance to play at the home of roller derby in America will be like a sprinter competing at the Olympics.

“Roller Derby is becoming a bigger sport every year so to have Glasgow and Scotland represented is testament to the skill and stamina of the women competing.

“You have to be brave to play, but I know the Glasgow Roller Derby all-stars will do us proud.”

If you want to donate visit http://glasgowrollerderby.com/get-in-touch/donate

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