It’s a new year, nay a new DECADE! Why not try something completely different?
Kent Roller Girls are opening our doors for a free open day! Come along, bring a friend, bring a group of friends and find out what Roller Derby is all about!
– Learn to Roller Skate
– Have Fun!
– Get fit!
– Join an amazing group of supportive empowering people!
– LGBTQ safe space
– Everyone (18+) Welcome!
All you will need to bring is a mouth guard (safety is sexy kids)
Kent Roller Girls All-stars made the trip to Glasgow for their first
ever WFTDA-sanctioned games in the Chaos on the Clyde tournament this August.
Their biggest challenge yet saw them play against their highest ranked opponents to-date. With Glasgow Roller Derby dominating the track all weekend and ultimately claiming the trophy, their athleticism and fierce offensive play in the first game of Day One proved too much for Kent’s All Stars: the hosts taking the win. Day Two and KRG’s renowned walls held Auld Reekie for much of the game, with Edinburgh’s reserve team just holding on to their lead to the end.
On Sunday 14th July Kent Roller Girls will be hosting our next Open Day. We will teach you the basics of how to skate in our on-skates session and introduce you to the sport and our members in a question and answers session. You will have the opportunity to see our Main League in action in a practice game (scrimmage) to see first hand what this exciting sport is all about!
All you need is a mouthguard, we can loan you the rest! No experience or skating skills needed – we can teach you all you need to know!
(Over 18s only for the on-skates session. All ages are welcome to come and watch and find out more!)
Kent Roller Girls took part in this year’s Race For Life on Sunday to raise awareness and money to help research into this cruel disease. Some of us ran, some walked but no skating this time! Most of us know someone close who has been affected by cancer as 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
On 6th April, at the Bay Arena in Herne Bay, Kent Roller Girls – the county’s only official WFTDA roller derby league – took on the London Rockin Rollers, and the KRG All-Stars proved their credentials as one of the South-East’s highest-ranking derby teams. Remaining undefeated this year, they hosted an exciting showcase of athletic skill and roller-skating prowess which also featured their B-team who continue to prove tough to defeat on track.
Roller Derby is a full contact sport, played on roller skates. Its origin in 1950’s choreographed bouts is a far cry from the sport as it is today, which pits two teams against each other in an athletic, energetic battle of strength and strategy in a spectacle that’s not to be missed. The aim of the game is for the ‘jammer’, wearing a star on their helmet, to gain points by passing the ‘blockers’ on the other team. The job of the blockers? Well, that should be obvious! Want to see it for yourself? You’re in luck!
Kent Roller Girls will be taking on London Rockin’ Rollers in their second home game of the season on Saturday 6th April at the Bay Sports Arena, Herne Bay!
This February was LGBT+ History Month in the UK. The aim is to increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives and their experiences. It raises awareness on matters affecting the LGBT+ community, working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities.
The theme this year was Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. The website states “The theme this year is of such great importance, exploring LGBT+ activism in the year marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in LGBT+ rights and history. It is crucial that the struggles and fights of others, to give us the lives we have today, are recognised. It is also so important that we understand the fights that are still continuing to happen, and still need to happen, to give folk liberation and peace.”
Within KRG we are constantly striving to make our league as welcoming and inclusive of LGBT+ members as we can. We follow the current WFTDA gender inclusion policy and always encourage our members to let us know how we can improve their experience. We’re a work in progress but after interviewing a few of our LGBT+ members, we’re proud to share a few of the responses we received.
On the 16th of February, Kent Roller Girls will be taking on Cambridge Rollerbillies at the Bay Sports Arena. The last time these two teams met to play competitively was 2015 at the British Championships.
Roller Derby is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, with new leagues forming all over the globe. A full-contact sport played on quad roller skates, this sport was revived in its current format in the 2000s, when a female-led grassroots movement of teams with a DIY ethos started appearing in the USA.