The 3rd Roller Derby World Cup Held At EventCity

The 3rd Roller Derby World Cup, an international women's roller derby tournament, came to EventCity in February 2018. Organised by the Roller Derby World Cup Committee, teams of elite skaters from around the world compete for their respective nations in hopes of winning the world cup.

As an international sport, organisers agreed it was crucial that the event was held in an international city, with easy transport links, access and accommodation facilities for the 38 teams and international visitors who would come to watch. In addition, the derby required a large and flexible space that would accommodate 4 oval competing tracks

Commenting on the event, Carly Harper, a member of the Roller Derby World Cup Committee and the event organiser: “The event has been a great success and our visitor numbers have surpassed our expectations. EventCity, Manchester has been a great host and the team have been so supportive from concept to completion – nothing is too much trouble. This is the best venue we have ever worked with.”

The venue was chosen due to the size of the space available and its flexibility to accommodate both our large visitor numbers and the four competing tracks for the teams. The concrete floor at the venue was a bonus, given the athletes like to play on gritty floor surfaces as this provides traction for the skates and improves grip to the floor.

The Mayor of Trafford, Jonathan Coupe also attended the Roller Derby World Cup and opened the first game between Indigenous vs. Italy. He spoke to the EventCity team and explained “Hosting the Roller Derby World Cup for the athletes across the world is an honour and privilege for the Trafford and Manchester area. The sport itself is new and exciting for many in the UK. Hosting this event will put The Roller Derby and Trafford on the map.”

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