The French Team of Roller Derby taking part in the 2014 World Cup.
Roller Derby is a team sport on skates, mixing contact and speed, imported from the United States. Invented in the 1930's, it experienced a rebirth in 2009 with the release of Drew Barrymore's movie Whip it. The discipline arrived in France in February 2011 with the creation of teams in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Paris. A hundred associations followed in their footsteps. In only three years, Roller Derby won the heart of 2.000 players, members of the French Federation of Roller Sports (FFRS). A French Team was created in 2011, sending 20 players to the first World Cup in Toronto, Canada where they reached the 7th place out of 13. For the second World Cup of Roller Derby in Dallas, the cradle of the sport, a strong team of 20 athletes will proudly represent the French colors. They have been preparing since summer 2013, attending intensive training camps and international bouts. They have already won many victories against the national teams of Holland, Norway, Belgium and Denmark and they don't intend to stop now. They are going to be classy in Dallas!
Help Team France go to Dallas!
Although the Team France players are members of the French Federation of Roller Sports, they do not receive financial assistance like professional athletes. Does that mean we should wait until we are fully recognized and supported? We don't think so! From the very beginning, Team France has been struggling to gather funds, looking for sponsors and selling team merchandizing. However, despite all these efforts, huge expenses remain to be covered by the players. Including -and especially- for Dallas. That is why the French Team of Roller Derby needs your support to go to Texas and meet the best conditions as possible for success.