Get your skates on! Time to meet the Bruising Banditas

Halifax Roller Derby team at North Bridge Leisure Centre.
Halifax Roller Derby team at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

Watch out Halifax, there’s a new group of girls around, they’re tough, they’re clad in hotpants and they’re on wheels - meet the Bruising Banditas.

The group of 15 girls are Halifax’s first Roller Derby group.

Roller Derby is an American contact sport on rollerskates.

The skaters make their way round an oval track by two teams. Points are scored by the “jammer” laps members of the opposing team - Blockers.

Founder of the Bruisin’ Bandita Lauren Artington has been playing for two-and-a-half years.

“There’s so many teams over that side of West Yorkshire, so we thought, ‘Let’s try bringing it over here’.

“It’s still a little bit underground but because it’s a grassroots sport it’s run by the teams. It’s very exhilarating and everyone puts their all into it.

“It’s a great way of keeping fit and there’s something about running around on your skates that’s quite exciting,” said 34 year-old Lauren, from Hebden Bridge.

The group meet at North Bridge Leisure Centre every Sunday from Noon to 2pm.

They are in their third week but already have 15 members, but are keen for more to join, whatever their shape, size or experience - even if you can’t rollerskate. To find out more visit their Facebook page.