Meet Orkney's ViQueens: The most northern UK roller derby league is on the track to success
Members of Orkney ViQueens speak to CommonSpace about how they’re finding their feet in a sport which is as new to them as it is to the archipelago
“I HAVE never done well with team sports, partly because I’m deaf and so I struggle with groups and communication, especially when the people are moving. When I started doing research, I found that the level of support and inclusivity in roller derby meant it didn’t feel overwhelming.”
Scotland’s oldest roller derby league to celebrate 10th anniversary in style
Members of Glasgow Roller Derby speak to CommonSpace about how it all began, where they’re headed and what makes this women-led sport so special
"THE first time I saw the league training I was in total awe. This powerful group of women whizzing round on skates, wheels screeching as they stopped, and shooting off in the opposite direction."
Ahead of the 10th anniversary event where she will play her first game outside of training, new member Femme Fatality reflects on her experience of joining the league.
Michael McEwan: How football can be a positive thing for Scottish society
CommonSpace columnist Michael McEwan gives an overview of Street Soccer Scotland, and says football can have a positive effect on social problems
I WOULD say that the number one sport in Scotland is football, and it's not just reserved to the parks and the terraces.
Street Soccer Scotland was founded in 2009 as a social enterprise which uses football-inspired training and personal development as a medium to empower people who are affected by social exclusion, to help make positive changes in their lives.
Paul Quigley: It's too late for the SNP on the Offensive Behaviour Act - it's time to ditch it
Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) campaigner Paul Quigley says any action short of a repeal from the Scottish Government on the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is not good enough
THE Scottish Government revealed plans last week to lodge a review of hate crimes and has included in this the much-maligned Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.
The world’s first junior LGBTQI+ roller derby league is starting in Scotland
The founders of Glasgow’s junior queer roller derby league speak to CommonSpace about stage names, feminism and setting an example
"WE aim to enhance our lives through sweat, solidarity, endorphins, contribution, community, and glitter." These are the inviting words of Resistance Roller Derby Glasgow’s Facebook page, and ones which encapsulate the ethos it is seeking to create with its fledgling league.
Most members of LGBT community feel unwelcome in sport, warns Stonewall
Study shows 66 per cent believe sport has a problem with homophobia and transphobia. Fifteen-year-old Devon McCole, who is on a week’s work experience placement from St Margaret Mary’s Secondary in Castlemilk, reports for CommonSpace
NEW research from Stonewall has raised concerns about attitudes towards LGBT+ people in sport.
Scotland qualify for first major football tournament in 18 years
Near unbeaten run in qualifying seals first qualification in history of Scottish women’s football
SCOTLAND will be represented at its first senior football championships for almost two decades.
The Scottish women’s team have official qualified for the Euro 2017 championships that will take place in the Netherlands next summer.
Victories in six of Scotland’s qualifying matches was enough to qualify as one of the top performing sides with a game to spare.
Gorbals boxing champion Benny Lynch celebrated with travelling exhibition and statue campaign
Glasgow Central travellers were treated to a Benny Lynch exhibit last week as the campaign for a statue of the Glasgow boxer continues
"YOU can focus on the tragedy or you can focus on the achievements." Eighty-one years on from Benny Lynch’s world flyweight championship win, Kevin Kerrigan believes that the latter is vital.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith leads call to ban Israeli occupation football clubs from Fifa
66 MEPs across the continent call for justice over occupation of Palestine
FIVE FOOTBALL CLUBS based on illegally occupied Palestinian land should be barred from playing in the Israeli league, according to politicians from across the European Union.