Auld Reekie Roller Girls boot up for LGBT Equality in sport

Equal Folk chatted to Kate from the Auld Reekie Roller Girls yesterday about their upcoming match tomorrow, April 2nd with Dublin Roller Derby!

The Auld Reekie Roller Girls (ARRG) will be booting up with their rainbow laces in support of Stonewall Scotland’s #rainbowlaces campaign for LGBT equality in sport. Kate talked about how Roller Derby is miles ahead of any sport in terms of equal opportunities, with diversity and inclusivity being an integral part of the sport.

ARRG is a grassroots, volunteer run, non-profit organisation run by a passionate team of people who are committed to sport and equality. On behalf of their Equalities Team, Caroline Gibb who plays for ARRG as Mallory Powers says:

Inclusivity has been at the heart of ARRG since its inception in 2008. We believe that anyone who wants to get involved in our sport should have the opportunity to do so with the confidence that we provide a safe(r) space for all identities.

We wholeheartedly support Stonewall’s campaign and on Saturday, alongside Dublin Roller Derby, we will proudly wear our rainbow laces to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of our sport, and call on other sports to follow suit.
— Caroline Gibb, ARRG Equalities Team
The Auld Reekie Roller Girls with #rainbowlaces

The Auld Reekie Roller Girls with #rainbowlaces

Support Stonewall Scotland's #rainbowlaces campaign for LGBT equality in sport - donate here

Support Stonewall Scotland's #rainbowlaces campaign for LGBT equality in sport - donate here

We think that what the ARRG are doing for equality in sport is amazing and we wish them the best of luck on Saturday!

Doors open at 17:10 at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh and both teams will stand united shortly after.

Skaters, officials and fans will be able to buy laces on the day and are encouraged to share their support on social media by using the hashtag #rainbowlaces

Keep in touch with Auld Reekie Roller Girls on Facebook, Twitter and visit their site for more information on the next games or to join!