Forge Valley School, 2018 Open Your Space Award Finalists

Jo Hardwick, Vice-Captain for Hallam Hellcats Roller Derby, nominating Forge Valley School, Sheffield

I am vice-captain for the Hallam Hellcats Roller Derby team.  We started the club in 2012 and since then our members have gone onto win several awards. We’re determined to be the best, play competitively and have a blast along the way, and Forge Valley School provides us with the perfect environment to do this.

The School has always gone the extra mile to make us feel welcome and the staff are always incredibly friendly and accommodating. They host a number of training sessions on the School’s site throughout the week for both our team and Sheffield’s mens team – The Inhuman League.  Last year Forge Valley School demonstrated its commitment to us by putting down a permanent roller track, all at no additional cost.  It has meant that we have been able to deliver more effective and progressive training sessions for local people. This gesture is indicative of the School’s dedication not only to the clubs that want to hire its facilities, but to its engagement with the local community.

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