Want to be a Roller Bird?
If you’d like to join us then we’d like to hear from you! We offer an 18 week training programme open to all women 18+. You don’t have to be able to skate, all we ask is that you are ready to learn.
Want to be a referee?
Trainee referees join the league as ‘Hatchlings’ , complete the 18 week training programme and shadow our referees to start learning referee skills.
So are you ready to commit?
How often do we train?
Hatchlings and trainee referees train once a week at the following times:
- Saturday 10am - 12pm
Location: Greenbank Sports Academy
When you pass your minimum skills and join the Birds you will be expected to train at the following times:
Wednesday 8pm - 10pm (all post minimums, B team skills) at Greenbank Sports Academy
Saturday 12pm - 3pm (all post minimums, scrimmage) at Greenbank Sports Academy
Advanced level skaters train on:
Thursday 8pm - 10pm (advanced only, skills) (instead of Wednesday) at Greenbank Sports Academy
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 membership fee of £25 and more information about this will be provided at the beginning of ‘hatchlings’ training.
Once you have passed your minimum skills your monthly membership increases to £35.
Officials pay £8 monthly.
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.
For more information contact us for a Hatchling Information Pack, which includes a ‘Beginners Guide to Roller Derby Kit’ section.
When is the next intake for new skaters?
For information on the next intake email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you informed.
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 or learn to referee. 🙂
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.
We consider transfers of post-minimum skaters on a case-by-case basis; please contact email@example.com for more information.