Class details

If you are 18+ and want to learn to play roller derby, get ready to rock and roll with us!

We welcome skaters of all abilities and we teach you everything from how to skate to how to be a Rockin’ Roller.

Even if you’re not confident skating, you can still be a part of the team. We are a skater-run organisation and always welcome people willing to help us organise and promote our events or take vital NSO (Non Skating Official) roles on bout day. If you want to join us in some way, shape or form, get in touch at recruitment@londonrockinrollers.co.uk.

WHAT IF I AM A TOTAL BEGINNER AT ROLLER SKATING?

Don’t worry! We teach skating from scratch including all the beginner roller derby skills you need in our Fresh Meat programme. All you need is commitment and your own gear.

WHEN ARE THE NEXT TRYOUTS FOR NEW SKATERS?

To sign up for future Fresh Meat intakes, email us at recruitment@londonrockinrollers.co.uk and we will register you on our new recruits list – we’ll keep you updated with the what, when and how of trying out.

We encourage potential skaters to attend a few of our bouts and events to see what roller derby is all about and learn some of the rules of the game.

I’M TRANS, CAN I JOIN?

Yes! As we are a WFTDA certified league and follow the WFTDA gender policy for our main league (read it here), no matter how you identify you are welcome to join LRR’s Fresh Meat!

CAN GUYS JOIN?

Absolutely! Although we are a WFTDA certified female league, we still welcome men as referees and officials. Guys (and girls) wanting to become referees can join our Fresh Meat programme and learn to skate, then towards the end of that programme you will join in with the main league’s team practice to learn referee skills.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I TRY OUT?

Skaters who are selected to join the league will begin a three-month Fresh Meat training programme. At the end of this period you will have a skills test and a rules test, which will determine your entry point to the league. Many of our skaters will progress to the Wreck League, which is our recreational league, before trying out for a travel team if they feel ready to make that commitment.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

To play roller derby you’re required to wear the following equipment;

  • quad roller skates
  • a helmet
  • a gum shield
  • wrist guards
  • elbow pads
  • knee pads

If you’re a new skater, you must have all this kit for tryouts. Our very own Von Bitch runs Skate Attack skate shop and can give you advice on all the essential roller derby gear either in person or through the Skate Attack website.

If you’re on a budget there are several groups on Facebook where you can get second-hand roller derby gear.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAIN?

The amount of time commitment to training varies depending on your level of play within the league. Currently our training schedule is:

  • Wreck League (recreational roller derby) Sundays 4-6pm
  • Main League (travel team players and candidates) Wednesdays 8-10pm and Sundays 12-4pm

We are a roller derby league entirely run by our members, so if you are in the main league and/or on a travel team, your commitment will also include some non-skating duties. You will be expected to work at bouts and take on a committee role to help with the running of the league. There is also a monthly membership fee to cover our operating costs.

WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE DERBY EXPERIENCE?

We consider all transfer skaters from other leagues on an individual basis – if you want to become a London Rockin’ Roller just get in touch via recruitment@londonrockinrollers.co.uk.

There are no formal skills tests for transfers but you will be assessed over a period of time by our coaches. All transferring skaters are subject to a three-month probation period.

More Information

Time: 10am-12pm
Day: Sunday
Level: Beginner
Course Length: 16 Weeks
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