NEW SKATER INTAKE
We have regular Skater Intake Programmes so if you just missed this one please let us know and we’ll make sure you get onto the next one. In the meantime, please pop by to have a look and we’ll give you tips to make sure you are ready for the next intake.
Our Skater Intake Programmes are delivered in collaboration with our sibling league DKRD (Dorset Knobs Roller Derby).
Is It For You?
- Do you identify as female or non-binary?
- Are you 18 or over and think age is just a number?
- Do you want to be part of something exhilarating?
- Do you want to do things you’ve never done before?
- Do you want to be part of a team?
- Do you think getting fit should be fun?
Our programme will teach you the skills needed to play roller derby.
Can’t skate? No problem! Previous skating experience is preferred but not a show-stopper, although we do like our new recruits to get some practice in before the intake begins so that you are able to skate across the hall. Work hard and you’ll be playing hard in no time!
What You’ll Learn
Our New Skater Intake coaches and mentors will cover the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) minimum skills and build up your skill week on week. You’ll be covering stops, falls, derby posture, blocking, footwork, pack awareness, building your endurance and skills to play the game.
We will also be asking you to get more skate time out of our sessions such as at roller discos and to be proactive learning the rules.
How To Prepare
Derby is a contact sport and any sport has some injury risk. To keep you safe we make sure you kit up properly and get a good warm up. All skaters should bring the following protective gear:
- Quad roller skates with hard indoor wheels (around 92a or above)
- Kneepads (preferably heavy duty – you will be falling a lot and you get what you pay for)
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Mouth guard – Sisu ultrathin are popular
For start-up kit advice just get in touch with us or if you prefer to kick things off with a web search try the WFTDA guidance, or visit our wonderful pals, Double Threat Skates, who only sell kit specific to roller derby.
We have some spare kit (not mouth guards – yuk!) to lend out on a first come first served basis but encourage you to get your own kit as soon as possible.
You will need to sign a waiver form. Safety first!
When And Where?
New Skater Intake sessions are Sundays from 4-6pm at Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Stoney Lane South, Christchurch, BH23 1HW.
We ask that all skaters arrive 30 minutes early to kit up so you are ready to skate at 4pm.
How Much Does It Cost?
Its £10.00 a session. Please try to bring the right change.
Once you are further into your training we’ll ask you to start paying monthly subs by standing order.