Rollergirls – Film by Julian Love

Last year, after Julian Love came and took a series of wonderful portraits of some of our skaters, we worked with the super talented photographer to create this incredible short film. Thank you Julian and team <3

Featuring the London Rollergirls
Directed by Julian Love @julianlovephoto
Director of Photography Chris Dodds @chisdoddsdop
Edited by OKAY STUDIO @okaystudio

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Meet the Skaters: Cleo

Kicking off our new “Meet the Skaters” series is Cleo.  Cleo is part of our fabulous Fundamentals programme.

How did you first hear about roller derby? (and London Rollergirls!)
I think this may be the most common answer, I found derby through the film ‘Whip It’ starring Ellen Page.  I got super obsessed with it and watched it over and over.  That year, I asked for skates for my birthday but was always far too nervous to put them on, so they were untouched in the box for a little while!

I first saw the London Rollergirls at Pride! I can’t quite remember the year but they were skating in the parade through the city. I checked them out later that evening and was so surprised to find out they had home games in my area, I went to my first bout not long after that.

What made you want to try it?
It just looked so cool and tough, it’s the perfect mixture of all things that I like.

Did you have any skating experience before you started Fundamentals? Have you played any other sports before?
I had gone around my local park a few times, but it always felt too daunting. Once I had signed up for Fundamentals, I found that having a start date gave me a kick in the butt to get my skates on and work on being able to move forwards before my first session.  I started going to some beginner skating lessons and had a few visits to the roller disco.  In the past I have tried many different types of dance and did aerial hoop off and on for a year, despite all of this I’ve never found my ‘thing’. Until derby, I’m hooked.

What is your favourite thing you have learned in training so far? What has been the most challenging thing?
Last practice we did jumps for the first time! I can’t believe that after 6 weeks, I am able to jump over cones and a cardboard box.  The most challenging thing thus far is transitions, it’s going to be something I have to drill over and over.

What’s the best thing about learning to play roller derby?
I love watching home games or games on youtube, it’s so motivating to see high levels of skating. I can’t wait until I can get to that level, and be able to make contact.
Have you thought about a derby name yet? If so what is it?
I am so indecisive, I have a whole list of it on my phone. I’m leaning toward Virus, but Toxin is close by.

Do you have any other hobbies? (besides derby!) What do you like to get up to when you’re not skating?
I really enjoy aerial hoop but I’ve kind of deserted it for skating, I can’t lie!

What advice would you give someone thinking about trying roller derby?
Go for it! Everyone in derby is so welcoming and supportive. After only a few sessions you will have made so much progress.  I recommend skating a little bit before going to your first practice, just to get the initial nerves of being on
wheels out of the way. I highly recommend Skate Tone, they have awesome beginner skating classes all over London.  If you sign up for fundamentals do not try to shape your mouth guard a few hours before your first practice, I have never felt so much panic and regret!

 

If you want to learn about our Fundamentals Programme you can find all the information here!

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Upcoming Fixtures

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Upcoming LRD Games

Friday 13-Sunday 15 September 2019
Brawling are playing at the International WFTDA Playoffs in Seattle
The schedule of games can be found here.

Saturday 14 September 2019
The D Team are playing the Auld Reekie Roller Derby All Star Rookies in Edinburgh

Saturday 21 September 2019
Brawl Saints are playing the Dock City Rollers in Gothenburg, Sweden

Saturday 21 September & Sunday 22 September 2019
Batter C Power at British Champs in Stoke

Saturday 19 October 2019
LRD Home game at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre

 

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Roller Derby Fundamentals Programme

Want to become part of LRG?

As of February 2018, London Rollergirls Fundamentals (formerly knows as Fresh Meat) will be taking skaters on a rolling basis.

Anyone is welcome to join! If you’re a complete beginner interested in joining a bouting league, a wannabe referee or just looking to get a bit fitter and learn how to do something you’ve never done before, then our Fundamentals programme is the place for you! The programme is open to anyone aged 18 or over.

Interested? Just sign up to our mailing list here or visit our Fundamentals page here for more information.

These sessions will run every Saturday from early February 2018, with new starters being able to join at the beginning of any month, though they have to sign up first via our mailing list.

Come learn to skate with us!

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London Brawling vs Toulouse & Brawl Saints vs Hellfire Harlots

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Get ready, all you LRG fans, you’re in for a treat!

Just before London Brawling jet off to ECDX, you’ll have the chance to see them take on Roller Derby Toulouse at home! This is a first time match up, and with both teams sitting in the top 10 of the European rankings, it’s bound to be a blinder!

This is Brawling’s first home appearance of 2019, so make sure you keep an eye out for our ticket release date so you don’t miss out!

Not only that, but our B Team, Brawl Saints will also be making an appearance as they take on Nottingham’s Hellfire Harlots! There’s currently only 1 spot in the rankings between these teams, so expect to see all the skaters’ competitive spirit come out in full force!

As always, our group bundles will be available, so you can bag yourself a discount if you bring your friends, AND we’ll be bringing you another bootcamp, so you can swot up on all LRG’s top tips before the game.

Full details for our JAMMER AND OFFENCE bootcamp, available here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/180657312834785/

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