Last month, Cardiff Roller Collective was featured on yourCardiff in an introductory guest post about the fastest growing sport in the UK. Nicola Lumb, AKA NiKilla, is back to tell you how you can get involved in this fast and furious sport…
“If you haven’t heard of roller derby before, you are not the only one. Even though this sport is becoming more and more popular throughout the UK and Wales many people still don’t know what it is.
The basics are that two teams skate in formation around an oval track. Each team has a designated points scorer, called a ‘jammer’, who scores a point for each member of the opposite team they pass. Four ‘blockers’ on each team use their bodies to move opposition players and to protect their jammer. This is roller derby in its simplest form, obviously when you add tactics and strategy on top the game becomes a lot more complicated, but this is part of the fun.
How can I get involved?
Maybe you are an experienced skater, loved your quad skates when you were a kid, or just want to try something new – we are welcoming anyone that is interested to come and try a session (or six)!
We run beginner sessions in Futsal Cardiff each Monday, 8.15pm-10.15pm, but we also are about to run a six week recruitment in Bridgend where, over the course of the next few weeks you will learn a variety of skating skills from stops to turns.
Skating for the first time can be scary so skaters at each session will be split into groups allowing you to progress at your own pace.
Sessions begin on Sunday June 24 from 4.30pm-6.30pm at Ogmore Comprehensive School, Bridgend, CF32 9NA.
Each session costs just £5, and if you pay in advance its £25 for the full six sessions.
We have skates and protective gear you can borrow at no extra cost, and of course you can bring your own if you have it already. There’s limited space on our six week recruitment so book your spot now.
Advanced warning: skating and roller derby is surprisingly addictive and we can’t be held responsible if skates become more comfortable than your trainers.”