London Roller Derby Online Referee School

OH WOW, WE HAVE SOMETHING OFFICIALLY AWESOME FOR YOU!

Did you see one game of roller derby and think ‘I WANT TO BE A REFEREE’?

Are you a player desperate to keep your head in the game whilst you’re socially distancing?

Well, have we got a TREAT for you!

Join London Roller Derby’s very own Cluster Schmuck along side fellow UK ref extraordinaire, Theminist Killjoy and some amazing guest officials, for an Officially Awesome ref school. The school is open to everyone.

They will be walking you through the basics of reffing on this ten week ref school – start from ‘what does a roller derby track look like’ – all the way through to ‘an eagle landed on the track and took the helmet cover – what do we do?’ type scenarios.

The sessions will be held via video sessions on Zoom, so all you need is sign up here and bring your awesome self and maybe a notebook and snacks.

Sign up here!

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Statement from London Roller Derby on the postponement of Anarchy 7

Like you all, we’ve had a lot on our mind recently. We’re all worried about our loved ones, concerned about our income and in awe of the incredible key workers out there working to keep us all safe and well. And we really miss the wild, brilliant sport that brings our community together.

But we know that once it’s safe to do so, we will come back stronger than ever and we can’t wait to see you trackside again.

Sadly, we have had to postpone Anarchy 7 to 2021. If you have already bought tickets, you are of course entitled to a refund. If you would like to get one, please email ticketing@londonrollerderby.com and we will be in touch with how to go about this. However, as all derby leagues are finding right now, the uncertainty of the current situation is making our financial planning tricky. We would love it if you could hold onto your ticket and come along to Anarchy 7 (Take 2) in 2021 where the ticket will be valid for entry. If we don’t hear from you we will assume that you’re happy to come along next year, and we will send you more details nearer the time.

We hope that you are all keeping safe and being kind to each other.

Love,

London Roller Derby

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Meet the Skaters: Ellen

Time for another Meet the Skater! Our next skater is part of London Rollergirls’ Fundamentals programme. World, meet Ellen!

How did you first hear about roller derby? (and London Rollergirls!)
I watched Whip It, of course. (Is there any other answer?) LRG were one of the first teams that came up when I searched online, and I spent hours scrolling through their website, in awe of all the amazing skaters who were playing roller derby in real life!

What made you want to try it?
Watching my first LRG home game pretty much sealed the deal. It was so empowering to see strong, talented and fearless skaters owning the derby track and defying expectations of traditional femininity.

Did you have any skating experience before you started Fundamentals? Have you played any other sports before?
I played a mean Wing Attack on my school netball team, but that was about it. And in terms of previous skating experience – none at all. Unless you count a roller disco aged 7. I was so bad at it I wouldn’t let my mum leave, and she had to hold my hand the whole time.

What is your favourite thing you have learned in training so far? What has been the most challenging thing?
Learning derby stops has been really fun, because they look so stylish! Starting contact work has been challenging but also really exciting; you get a sense of what a real bout will feel like.

What’s the best thing about learning to play roller derby?
The people.

Have you thought about a derby name yet? If so what is it?
A good pun is still pending…

What advice would you give someone thinking about trying roller derby?
Do it! You’ll never regret trying it.

 

If you want to find out more about our Fundamentals programme, click right here.

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Meet the Skaters: Bash’er Fierce

Bash’er Fierce (#21) skates for Batter C Power and Dream Team

When did you first start playing roller derby?
I started in 2017… By accident!! I had never heard of roller derby but saw a (non roller derby) skater girl in Hyde park and decided I wanted to learn to skate. I googled skate lessons in Croydon and somehow Croydon roller Derby’s rookie intake came up. It took a few weeks to figure out that it wasn’t just roller skate lessons when the coach said to we were going to learn to hit. At that point I went home to google roller derby as I was pretty sure I didn’t need to hit anyone in Hyde Park!!

Did you play any other sports before derby?
I played netball my whole life and then retired to take up lacrosse.

How did you choose your derby name?
A friend who knew I was obsessed with Beyoncé suggested the play on her alter ego Sasha Fierce.

What’s your favourite thing about playing roller derby?
I’ve always loved team sports. I love the physicality of the sport and I love that every time I put on skates I feel like I have an opportunity to learn and improve.

What do you get up to when you’re not skating?
I have an 11 year old son who keeps me busy, I run a management consultancy and I host dinner parties!

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LRD’s House Of Gain Presents: Jump Around!

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LRD’s House of Gain presents: Jump Around

Jump up, Jump up and spin around!

London Roller Derby’s top spinners, movers and shakers are bringing you a legendary mini-bootcamp to help you finesse your footwork and bring those fancy feet onto the flat track.

Think apex jumps, transitions and agility for both blockers and jammers to help you hop, weave and spin around your opponents. Whether it’s a backwards apex skip to recycle a jammer or tricks to whirl along the outside line, we’ve got you covered in this foundational fancy skills class.

Brought to you by top skaters with high level derby experience and artistic skating backgrounds, we’ve pieced together a package that will have you prancing to the pivot line.

Timings:

Registration: 12.30 – 13.00pm

Bootcamp: 13.00pm – 15.00pm

Ticket Prices

On skates £20.00

Off skates £10.00

On skates and game bundle £30.00

Off skates and game bundle – £20.00

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