Black Lives Matter

Hey Friends, at London Roller Derby we want to show our support to everyone taking action against police brutality and white supremacy; be that through taking to the streets, through donating to Black Lives Matter funds and bail funds, through educating white family and friends, through sharing knowledge or any other forms of solidarity that are helpful.

The delay of this post has revealed that we needed to have those urgent conversations within the league; that commitment to decolonising our majority white league, being actively anti-racist and understanding the ways we uphold white supremacy is work that needs to be an ongoing priority. We must show up for black lives every day.

We want to make it very clear that we support the people taking to the streets. We support black resistance in whatever form it takes. While we look to what is happening in the US, we know that state-sanctioned racism and structural violence runs deep in the UK. The same week that George Floyd was murdered, police in the UK decided to not charge the man responsible for Belly Mujinga’s death.

Belly Mujinga was a frontline worker who was vulnerable to Covid19. Her requests to take up a non public-facing role were ignored by her employer. The denial of the basic safety of a black woman at work has its roots in the systemic racism of the UK. She was spat on by a white man who claimed to have the virus. Belly Mujinga contracted Covid19 and died on the 5th April in a hospital in the London Borough of Barnet – one of the areas we train.

We have decided to donate our full league dues for this month to several grassroots funds, including Belly Mujinga’s gofundme https://www.gofundme.com/f/rip-belly-mujinga

Belly Mujinga deserves justice, black lives matter and while we support collective rage and action at this time, we are committed to holding this space now and in the future.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/StopWatch-Campaign-for-Fair-Accountable-Policing
https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/
https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/louisville-community-bail-fund/
https://uk.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-tony-mcdade

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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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