What’s it all about?
Roller Derby is predominately an all-girl contact sport. It’s fierce, feisty, fast paced and fun.
A bout is usually played over two 30 minutes periods, each split into 2 minute games, known as “jams”. Each jam sees five players from each team line up against each other. Four skaters from each team are Blockers and the fifth skater is the Jammer. It is the Jammer’s responsibility to score points by lapping and getting past the opposing team’s Blockers, whose job it is to prevent the Jammer passing by out-maneuvering them or by physically checking them. Individually it is a very physically demanding sport offering good aerobic exercise that will improve cardiovascular fitness, but to do well also requires a lot of tactical planning and teamwork.
The sport was originally created in the USA in the 1930s but was reinvented in 2003 in Texas and has grown very quickly to become one of the fastest growing sports in the world right now, with well over 500 leagues around the world and new teams springing up almost weekly. Roller Derby has also been added to the short list of 8 sports vying for inclusion in the Olympic Games from 2020.
Kent Roller Girls (KRG) were the first competitive league located in the county of Kent, founded in July 2010. KRG encourages people of all backgrounds to participate, regardless of ability and are all dedicated to helping each member reach their goals. They have a recreational league which is designed to train new skaters in all things Roller Derby. KRG can lend you the kit and get you started on your roller derby adventure; they meet every Sunday at 16:00 at the Bay Arena in Herne Bay. Anyone interested in joining should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern CoEd Roller Derby (SCERD) practice every Sunday 1pm – 4pm at Kings Rochester Sports Centre, Chatham and Thursday’s at 9pm – 10,30pm at Meopham Tennis and Fitness Centre. In addition to the Roller Derby sessions the club also operates a Basic Skating Course for non-skaters or those who want a bit of practice, or to learn how to hold your own at roller discos, even if you choose not to go on to Roller Derby. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Melissa “Heisenbird” Woods via email email@example.com or phone 07786 517833.
Medway Mayhem were formed in 2015 and are the latest addition to the Kent Roller Derby family. They are the counties only dedicated Men’s Roller Derby League. Currently training out of Swallows Leisure Centre in Sittingbourne 11am – 2pm on Sundays and Sheppey Leisure Centre 8am – 10am midweek. Medway Mayhem are at the forefront of the burgeoning Men’s Roller Derby Scene in the south of England. Whilst being a Men’s league they welcome all genders in officiating roles.