The sessions will run every Thursday from 19:00-21:00 and will cost £5/session.
Our new skaters will be put through a specially tailored roller derby training course, at the end of which the participants will have passed the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s minimum skills and will be ready to progress to intermediate sessions within the wider Newcastle Roller Girls team.
THIS TRAINING COURSE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN ALREADY STAND UP AND MOVE ON SKATES, we will not be teaching how to skate from absolute scratch.
You don’t have to be a whizz by any means but if you can’t stand up or move around without holding on to the walls, we recommend heading to the roller discos (details below) and spending quality time on 8 wheels to get you ready for the *next* intake.
Due to the full contact aspect of roller derby, we cannot accept skaters under the age of 18. We recommend that skaters under the age of 21 (and anyone who looks particularly youthful!) bring proof of age (driving licence, passport etc.) If you have any longstanding illnesses or injuries, you’ll need to show us a note from your doctor before we will let you skate.
Roller derby is amazing fun, even better than it looks, but it’s a huge challenge for all levels of skater so be prepared to work hard; you’ll only get out of it what you put in after all. The course requires your time and commitment for the safety of yourself, your fellow trainees, and us! Therefore IF YOU MISS MORE THAN 3 OF THE INITIAL 15 SESSIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED TO RETURN FOR THE NEXT INTAKE later in the year.
- Weeks 1-5: skating basics – stops, starts, falls, being safe.
- Weeks 6-10: derby specific skills – laterals, jumps, crossovers & more!
- Weeks 11-15: more derby specific skills – speed laps, hitting, whips & more!
- Week 16 onward: consolidating derby skills in gameplay & becoming ready to bout!
Don’t worry if you don’t have any kit, we have stuff you can borrow BUT IT IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, ESPECIALLY SKATES. Where possible please bring your own skates or borrow from your mates.
Roller derby requires skaters to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard/gum shield and quad roller skates. All kit that we do have can be hired on a STRICTLY first-come-first-served basis for £1.50/session.
You will be expected to invest on your own kit over the course of the intake – believe us, you will want it!
There’s a month until this intake begins, so we recommend checking out the roller discos in the area and skating in the mean time.
We look forward to meeting you soon (and hitting you once you’re ready!)