Big News From The Border City Brawlers

(WINDSOR, ON)  The Border City Brawlers have two announcements this week that continue to build on the hard work that the league has been doing since its beginnings in 2010.

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has announced that it will be accepting 35 leagues into its apprentice program and BCB is the only Canadian team to have made it in this round.

“We are very excited to be accepted,” said Nicole Dupuis, PR for BCB.

As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, BCB joins the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues nationwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.

WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. Additionally, the mentor offers advice and information related to the management and development of the apprentice league. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

The Brawlers have started to let fans know about the acceptance and will announce it on Saturday, July 21, when their two house league teams face off for “Hotter Than Hell”, a night of family-friendly roller derby at Windsor Arena. Volunteers will be collecting donations at the door for the Well-Come Centre for Human Potential, a local emergency shelter for women. Items can include money and various items such as food and  personal hygiene products. Tickets are $12 at the door. The game starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).

“We try to pick community events that really matter to us as a league and as women,” said Nicole Dupuis, head of PR for BCB. “We like to try to find ways that we can make an impact in the city where we have been so well supported.”

In addition to collecting for the Well-Come Centre, BCB has invited military families from the Windsor/Essex area to enjoy a night out. “It’s a way to support the troops,” said Dupuis. “We want to thank them for their dedication.” The Brawlers contacted the Military Family Resource Centre and worked with a program coordinator to offer the night out to the families and more than 30 people will be special guests at the game that night.

The Border City Brawlers present “Hotter Than Hell” roller derby on Saturday, July 21 at Windsor Arena at 7 p.m. Local military families have been invited to enjoy the game as special guests. Volunteers will be collecting donations for the Well-Come Centre for Human Potential.


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