A Bo’ness mum and son are gearing themselves up for the challenge of rollerskating with a difference.
Mum Lyndsay McFarlane and son Oscar (9) are members of the Fierce Valley Roller Club or Roller Derby - the UK’s fastest growing sport.
The sport originated in the USA in the 1970s and has been around in the UK for almost 10 years.
The local club, which is based at Grangemouth Sports Complex, has been running since 2010 after being initially launched in Bo’ness.
The women’s team, the Parma Violets, travel the length and breadth of the UK competing against other clubs while the Fierce Valley Cubs, from ages nine to 17 years, is the only one of its kind in Scotland.
And this weekend, young Oscar will take part in his first competitive game.
The Kinneil Primary pupil only took up the sport a year ago.
A non-skater but after weekly coaching sessions in Grangemouth and at the Mariner Centre in Camelon he is ready to do battle.
Mum Lyndsay (41) said: ‘‘Oscar could not skate when he took up the sport but he has passed his rollerskating exams which now allows him to take part in the competitive side of the sport.
Asked if she had any concerns for her young son competing against other more physically-attributed children, some as as old as 17, she said: ‘‘Absolutely not, he loves it!
‘‘ He has plenty of protection with a helmet, knee and elbow pads and a gumshield, but the sport at that age is not about being physical but more tactical as the rules are pretty strict. You cannot use elbows just parts of the body to block.’’
Lyndsay is one of four Bo’ness women who are involved with the club and while she enjoys the training aspect of the sport, she has not made the step up to compete physically.’’
On Sunday, the women’s team, the Parma Violets take on Sheffield at Grangemouth with an 11am start.
Meanwhile, the Fierce Valley Roller Cubs are on the lookout for new recruits.
For more information on the sport and how to get involved go to www.fierce valleyrollercubs.co.uk