INTERESTED IN ROLLER DERBY?
Roller derby is a great way to keep fit in a fun and sociable team environment. If you can already skate, that’s a bonus – if you can’t, we can teach you!
WHERE AND WHEN?
Our Friday night sessions take place at Inspire Suffolk from 8pm – 10pm and focus more on our “fresh meat” (new) skaters. Here we concentrate on skating techniques, basic skills, rules of the game, strategy and game play. Our Friday night sessions are perfect for skaters who are interested in starting roller derby and learning the ropes of this exciting sport. After training we usually have a drink at The Golden Hind
BURY ST EDMUNDS
Team training sessions take place from 7pm – 10pm, Mondays & Thursdays at CurveMotion in Bury St Edmunds (normally followed by a drink at the Three Kings)
Our training involves fitness workouts, skating skills, gameplay and tactics. All participants are expected to abide by our code of conduct and follow all instructions given by coaches.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Wear comfortable sports clothing, bring trainers for the off-skates fitness work, and a bottle of water.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Skaters wear quad skates (not rollerblades), knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, a mouth guard and a helmet. CurveMotion, our Monday and Thursday evening venue in Bury St Edmunds very kindly provide skates, helmets, pads and wrist guards and you can use these to get started. You will need to buy your own mouth guard after your first few sessions, and ultimately you will want to buy your own kit (see below).
For our Friday night sessions (Fresh meat) you are welcome to borrow kit from our team kit. The team equipment are allocated on a first come first served basis and equipment is not guaranteed for everyone due to limited kit. After a few weeks attendance and you have decided to take up roller derby permanently we advise all skaters to invest in their own personal kit. All our team members will be happy to advise you on information you might need in making your selections.
Your first session is free, after which cost is £5 per session. You can join as a member if you choose to, which is £25 per month, or under £3 per session. Membership entitles you to vote on any club matters and make you eligible for team selection.
NOT SURE FULL-CONTACT SKATING IS FOR YOU?
Alongside the team members we also have opportunities for people to train as referees, which demands just as high a level of skating ability, but requires less contact work and more detailed knowledge of rules. To support the team we also have Non-Skating Officials (NSOs), who help with all aspects of the game including timing and scoring. Referees and NSOs attend for free.
You’ll need to buy a mouth guard soon after getting started, but you can take the time to decide what’s best for you before buying any other kit, since CurveMotion kindly provide everything else you’ll need. Before buying, read advice online, speak to other skaters and try things on.