Who can come along?
If you are a self-identifying woman over the age of 18 and have basic skating ability (can stay upright on quad skates and skate forwards) WE WANT YOU! No one is born playing roller derby, so everyone starts off as a beginner. We will teach you how to stop, turn around, skate backwards, fall safely, jump, and so much more!
What do you need?
Everyone attending a new recruit session will need to have all of the following:
- Quad Skates
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Mouth guard
These things are for your safety and of those around you. You can get kit from a variety of websites such as Skate Hut, eBay, or by searching UK Roller Derby Recyclables on Facebook.
We are able to lend out certain pieces of kit (supplies are limited as they are all donations from our skaters, please fill out this form ASAP to reserve your kit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q-ypUxnLdKoO6AWyFlG8dMoeVCOGD-kQfe0KlVBhKdo/viewform?usp=send_form). Where possible, for your safety please try to get your own properly fitted helmet - concussions are no fun! And you will definitely need your own mouthguard.
How does the session work?
The session will run from 10:00 - 13.00 at Springs Leisure Centre. We start by signing you in and getting your all kitted up, followed by a short introduction to Sheffield Steel Rollergirls and information on the team and training. From 11:00 onwards you will be on your skates; the training team will help you through some basic drills and introduce you to the core skills you will need.
If you like what you see throughout the session and we feel happy you'll be safe, you can sign up for our 16-week Minimum Skills course, where you will learn all the skills necessary to play roller derby.
If you're not feeling quite confident enough on skates after the first session, never fear, you can still be involved with Sheffield Steel Rollergirls! We will add you to our new members' page on Facebook, where there will be information about free practice sessions, social events, and Non-Skate Official (NSO) opportunities so you can get in on all the derby action.
What are the costs?
Your first session is free; after that it's £5 per session. Once you're happy you want to stay and play with us, the cost is £35 a month, payable by standing order (reduced dues are available, just ask a member of the team). You will also sign a code of conduct to be an official member of the team.
Now all that's left is for you to complete the registration form to reserve your place!
Is there an age limit?
Yes - we can only accept skaters who are over 18, so we need to see photo id (passport/driving license) before you can start skating.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No - Each person who attends must register for themselves. If you'd like to invite a friend please forward the link. The more the merrier!
Can I update my registration information?
Yes - Please log to update your details.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No - Please save the trees! We'll have a list of attendees for each session.