Want to be a Roller Bird?

Skate with us!

We offer an 18-week training programme open to all women aged 18 and over. New skaters join the league as ‘Hatchlings’. You don’t have to be able to skate, all we ask is that you are ready to learn.

There is of course a place for men too as valuable members of the league, as referees or Non Skating Officials (NSOs).

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on our next intake.

How often do we train?

Hatchlings and trainee referees train twice a week at the following times:

  • Thursday 8pm - 10pm at Greenbank Sports Academy
  • Saturday 10am - 12pm at Greenbank Sports Academy

When you pass your minimum skills and join the Birds you will be expected to train at the following times:

Thursday 8pm - 10pm (all post minimums, skills) at Greenbank Sports Academy

Saturday 12pm - 3pm (all post minimums, scrimmage) at Greenbank Sports Academy

Advanced level skaters also train on:

Wednesday 8pm - 10pm (advanced only, skills) at Greenbank Sports Academy

What equipment will I need?

To play roller derby you will need:

  • quad skates
  • a skate helmet
  • aggressive/plastic cap knee pads
  • elbow pads
  • wrist guards
  • mouth guard

All new skaters joining the ‘Hatchlings’ must have all this kit for their first training session.

Roller derby is a full contact sport so good quality safety kit is a must. Even if you are on a budget, a minimum set up of elbow, knee and wrist guards are required. If you arrive at a training session with kit that does not meet our minimum safety requirements, you will not be able to skate.

How much does it cost?

As we are a skater owned and skater run team, we have to charge fees in order to cover hall hire costs, insurance and keep the league running.

New skaters pay monthly subs of £22 and more information about this will be provided at the beginning of ‘hatchlings’ training.

Once you have passed your minimum skills your monthly subs will increase to £25.

What does training involve?

During the 18 week 'Hatchlings' programme we will teach you all you need to know about roller derby and all the skills needed to pass the WFTDA ‘minimum skills’ test.

This will cover:

basic skating for roller derby: derby form, stops and falls.

contact: blocking, jamming and more!

rules and strategy: stuff you will need to know in order to be able to scrimmage.

Once you have passed your minimum skills test you are then allowed to ‘scrimmage’ (practise game-play) with the ‘Birds’ and your training progresses towards playing roller derby games in public.

When is the next intake for new skaters?

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on our next intake.

We encourage all potential members to come along to our games and events to learn a little more about the sport and the team – you might also pick up some of the rules along the way!

If you can't wait to get involved, you could consider joining us as an NSO (Non Skating Official) member.

Transferring skaters

We consider transfers of post-minimum skaters on a case-by-case basis; please contact us for more information.

You can do it!

Watch Pops #767, our This Girl Can ambassador, talking about how anyone can have a go at roller derby and what it's like to be part of Liverpool Roller Birds.