Fierce Valley Roller Girls were founded in November 2010 as the 6th Roller Derby league in Scotland, and the first to be based out with a major city in the country. Five skaters attended Fierce Valley’s first training session, and now we have a waiting list of new skaters eager to join! Our once irregular ‘Fresh Meat’ taster sessions are now held 4-monthly, with each session filled to capacity.
FVRG pride themselves on welcoming ladies and gents alike, from all backgrounds. At present, we are home to around 50 members, and a strong Ref and NSO Crew. Our officials can often be found officiating at bouts and tournaments, and our skaters are often requested to guest skate with neighbouring teams.
The Fierce Valley Roller Cubs – Scotland’s first Junior Roller Derby League – were originally formed by our own members after seeing how keen children were in roller derby. It’s been very exciting to see them gather speed and launch their first training sessions.
The success of the Fierce Valley is based on the efforts of every member of the league, not just of the skaters. A Board of five oversee the general running of the league, with Spokespeople feeding back information from their Committee on monthly basis. We recognise that not everyone who wants to be part of FVRG wants to skate, or even bout, so we offer a variety of memberships to accommodate everyone.
We are always keen to support local community projects and have helped at many different events over the past three years. We have volunteered at a charity fundraiser at the Falkirk Wheel; registered runners for the Round Table’s Alloa Half Marathon; and marshalled at a new family-run roller disco – and met lots of great people along the way. We’re thrilled to also have been involved with the launch of The Helix: an exciting new outdoor recreational space being built in the area to promote healthy living.
Our first competitive team – The Parma Violents – was formed in August 2011, and took on Perth’s Fair City Rollers in October 2011. Since then, they have played a number of games at home in Stirling and away in Dundee; Belfast; Newcastle; and Wirral.
We are all looking forward to another busy year both on and off-track, and we can’t wait to welcome our next intake of new skaters in January and to help them progress.