Starting February 2018, London Rollergirls Fundamentals 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 keep reading for more information.

Our new beginners sessions will be divided into two skill levels:

  • Level 1 is basic skating skills and is open to all genders and all skating abilities.
  • Level 2 is learning how to play roller derby, with the option of a Ref School strand for those wishing to learn how to be a referee.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

We will teach you all you need to know from basic skating to roller derby skills. This will cover:

  • WFTDA minimum skills – stops, falls, derby form, blocking and more
  • Drills to improve footwork, pack awareness, speed and strength, blocking and jamming
  • Rules and tactics
  • Skills you will need to be able to scrimmage with the Recreational League (should you wish to advance to that stage)

WHAT DO I NEED?

All skaters should bring the following protective gear:

  • Quad roller skates
  • Helmet
  • Kneepads (preferably ‘vert’ or aggressive pads – you will be falling a lot)
  • Elbow pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Mouthguard

Unfortunately, we don’t have storage capacity to provide any of these equipment, so you’ll need to source these prior to starting the programme.

If you’re not sure what equipment to buy, or have any questions about equipment, head over to the LRG Future Rollergirls Discussion Forum or email us and ask as many questions as you like.

Once you’ve decided on your kit, we recommend purchasing from Double Threat Skates. Double Threat Skates is London’s only roller derby specific skate store. It is run by Gaz and Kristen Lee from LRG main league. Together they have over 18 years of derby experience so really know their stuff! They are also super helpful and friendly.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost is £20 per month.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Sign up to the beginners skating sessions for roller derby here. New skaters can now join on a rolling basis throughout the year, so just sign up, fill out a short form, and we will see you soon! Our intakes take place every 4 – 8 weeks.

EXTRA AND INFORMAL SKATING SESSIONS

We like enthusiasm! There are many skaters out there just like you who are organizing informal skate sessions at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Visit the London Rollergirls forum to meet future rollergirls and referees like yourself and find out where it’s all happening, or start a session yourself!

Alternatively, you should try out the Open Skates sessions held at the City of London Academy in Bermondsey every other Friday. For more information on that, check out the Facebook group here.

Skaters in our Fundamentals programme are also invited to join in on our regular sessions with the Dynamic Sports Academy, an off skates programme designed to make you bigger, faster, stronger and smarter. Whilst this is not compulsory, the sessions are really valuable to London Rollergirls so if you’re looking to improve your fitness in a challenging and fun atmosphere, we would definitely recommend that you attend. DSA also provides a long distance programme if you’re unable to attend the sessions. Ask about this when you join!

Want to become part of the LRG army but unsure about joining the programme? Or perhaps you want to see more before you can commit? There are a number of other ways you can be involved in the league if you’re keen, from becoming an official, to joining our stats crew, to letting us know if you’ve seen a suitable venue. Click here for more information on getting involved!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROGRAMME?

At the end of our programme, following final assessments, skaters may be invited to join our Rec League (subject to a successful probation period). For more information about our Rec League, including training sessions, attendance requirements and more, click here.

I CAN SKATE ALREADY. DO I NEED TO JOIN FUNDAMENTALS?

If you have already passed your minimum skills with another league, you don’t necessarily have to go through Fundamentals again! Email us at recleague@londonrollergirls.com letting us know what your skating experience is and we can go from there!

ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Wear comfortable clothes for exercise (not jeans) and have fun!

For more information, email us at lrgfundamentals@gmail.com and add ‘Fundamentals’ in the subject line.

Alternatively, just sign up to our mailing list here!