A Bunch of Mothers Like No Others!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world! Today we want to give a special shout-out to those who juggle the responsibilities of being a parent, with the commitment of joining a roller derby league. We wanted to find out how the mums of KRG find time to fit in those off skates workouts, find babysitters for short notice games, cope with missing bedtimes and still manage to be a bad-ass role model for their kids!

First up is a family with two derby mums who want to show their kids that anything is possible with skates on your feet!

Lucy (Luce Cannon) and Michelle

My whole family loves skating. What started out as something for me to escape to, has become something that my family has discovered they can enjoy for their own reasons. I love to skate with the boys, my oldest son and I have enjoyed artistic skating together, my littlest son is desperate to be able to do a spin on skates and wants Spiderman skates immediately. Now my partner has taken up skating, although it is limited due to disability, and she now knows the rules of roller derby far better than I do.


Therefore together we skate, united in fun and the freedom of 8 wheels!

The KRG family allows that. The freedom to learn skills not just on skates but off skates too, so that everyone, no matter what, can be included. It’s meant that as mums we can learn and teach together with the boys. KRG also provides a space where our non-traditional family can be open and free, without the fear of judgement. I’ve found that KRG is made up of a diverse group of accepting people, and this makes life so much easier for me. It’s a great place that sets the stage for acceptance so when the time comes for my kids to come and watch their Mum in games, there is just the great family atmosphere where all walks of life are celebrated as being part of this amazing team.

KRG gives me a space where I don’t have to be ‘just’ a mum. I can be me, without the homework checking, laundry folding and routines that make up my everyday life. KRG allows me to be powerful, independent and free from worries. To challenge who I am and be better, even if that’s just being better at falling over!

This Mother’s Day we celebrate two mummies, who both get something from skating at KRG that we get no where else; to be adults again and a little time of from paw-patrol. But even better, it gives us time together so that when we get back home to the kids, sweaty and most of the time sporting a new bruise, we are ready. Ready to be the best mums we can be and give them our all. Plus teach them a new trick or two on skates!

Our next derby mum found the confidence to go from being a spectator to joining in at rec league, with a little support from her family and teammates.

Melissa (Kill Skatespeare)

Having been a mum for five years, when I gave up a lot of things for myself, it was time to get a new hobby and my husband pushed me towards derby. I loved watching it, but didn’t think I’d have any chance of doing it. I found the wonderful family of KRG and they give me the support and confidence I need to make progress. Mostly, though, the chance to get away and just be me rather than “Mummy” was irresistible.


However, six months in to my roller adventure, my four year old said she wished skating could be her hobby and we started taking them to lessons. They are thriving. My husband is already capable and I love the idea of us being a family on wheels. Isla says skating is “200 good!” and likes that I go and do it to see my friends. Sophie is finding learning more challenging, but isn’t giving up, and thinks the fact that I roll around is “Brilliant!”


We watched the Roller Derby World Cup together on the TV and the girls were hooked. I can’t wait to take them to see some live games and indoctrinate them fully. The chance to share a sport together and show my girls, who have to learn skills every day, that I am learning and persevering too means I get to be the kind of role model I want to be. Caring about sport doesn’t come naturally so derby gives me a way of connecting with my girls in another way and encouraging them to develop fully-rounded. Derby is making me a better mum.

Allyson and her daughter Emily both come to our rec league and it’s so much fun to see them training together, we’re not sure which one is more competitive! I bet not many roller derby leagues have a mother and daughter playing in the same team!


Allyson (Ink-redible Hulk)

Nothing deep here sorry, I came along to a rec league session as I used to skate as a teenager and fancied putting wheels on again, without looking like some sort of ageing creep at the local skate park! My daughter skated aggressive inlines for years so comes along when work allows for a potter about. We tend to ignore each other at sessions as we make each other laugh and get nothing done!

Derby mum Abi has already shared some of her experiences in her great article Do You Just Want Your Body Back? Now she wants to explain how derby has become a therapeutic experience for her, enabling her let go of everyday stress.

Abi (Abi Obourne)

When I first showed up to roller derby, unable to actually skate at all and pretty unfit, I thought I would probably be the only Mum there. I’m not sure why I thought that. I guess because I imagined most people involved in derby would be mainly between the ages of 18-25. I was relieved when I found that actually plenty of mums and other women in their thirties were also getting involved and learning to skate. It made me feel like I wasn’t totally out of place.


Once I passed mins and moved up to main league training I did worry about how I was going to manage fitting in all the necessary training, scrims and rookie games that I would need to progress in the sport. I also felt guilty that for at least two nights of the week I would not be around for the kids bedtime. I think that this is still a struggle and I do feel guilty when I leave them, but I think that guilt is an unavoidable part of being a mum. I know that they are just fine when my partner puts them to bed instead of me.

There are times when I have to miss a training session due to one of my children being ill or needing me to stay with them, but my teammates have been nothing but understanding and supportive about this.

When it comes to off skates training, I can’t take anymore time out of family life to spend hours in a gym so I have an exercise bike in the lounge and weights to use at home so that I can do a bit of a work out while the kids are watching telly before teatime. A lot of the time they then stop watching tv and try and join in or climb on my back when I’m doing press ups. There’s a lot you can do at home without spending lots of time or money going to a gym.

Sometimes I still look at the people on my team who are much younger than me and have much more free time to dedicate to the sport and I think, ‘why am I doing this?’ But, I think that weirdly, if I hadn’t become a mum I probably wouldn’t have found my way to roller derby in the first place.


Becoming a mum and the early years of caring for my children while they have been so little is one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life. Motherhood is amazing but it is also a battle. Not so much with the kids themselves, but with sleep deprivation, isolation and with still trying to keep a sense of self. Maybe in some weird way, it’s a battle I needed to act out. And at the end of a difficult day with the kids, which let’s face it, is always much harder than a difficult day at work, getting together and training hard as a team is a therapeutic experience for me. When you’re on track it’s not all on you. You support and encourage each other and I always leave training feeling better than when I arrived.

Mama is an integral part of KRG; head of rec league, A team skater and a fabulous coach. It must be all those years on skates and her dedication to teaching her whole family to skate!

Elaine (Mama MoHito)

I spent my childhood on skates, throwing myself down hills and racing friends down the middle of the street. (Less cars in the early 80’s!) Kinda stopped during the teenage years but got another pair of skates when I went to University. I used to skate all round Southampton – back from the student bar too!

Fast forward 20 years and 2 children later, I was looking for something we could all do as a family that was fun but active. I dug out my old skates and we took off to Herne Bay. It was great to teach the kids to roll and over the course of a couple of months teach them things I’d done on skates at their age. (Hubby is still a work in progress… LOOK UP, NOT AT YOUR FEET!) We all have our own skates now and take them wherever we go on holidays.


I believe it’s been hugely beneficial to have taught my children to skate. At the same time I started roller derby my husband took up bike riding so the children have seen us become active and enjoy sport. They are both active although in very different disciplines Rugby and Irish dancing!

They are very supportive of me playing roller derby and enjoy hip checking me too. Although I can get a dramatic eye roll if I talk about it too much. I’m not really one for guilt so I don’t feel bad about leaving the family for derby training and games. I believe everyone needs their own ‘Me Time’, if you like relaxing in a bath, great….so do I, just after I’ve bashed some derby players!


Roller Derby keeps me young and a bit of a role model amongst my kids peers. Their friends look at me differently when they find out what sport I do and I’m sure I’ve got my kids respect too (albeit grudgingly I’m sure!) It’s fantastic to see so many mum’s in our league now. When I started in early 2014 I was the only Mum in our Rec League and about 20 years older than everyone else. But that just made me more determined to make it into our Main League and also inspired my derby name and number. I’m proud to be a roller derby Mum and how old I am, oh and Mojito is my favourite cocktail!

This mum got fed up of giving up on exercise classes because she couldn’t commit to them with so many uncertainties associated with family life. Roller derby just clicked for her and fit into her busy life. If you want to join us like Kimm did, our recreational league trains every Sunday at 4pm and we can teach you everything you need to know.

Kimm (Skrimm Wilde)

I started roller derby in Jan 17 after one of the school mum’s flagged up a local class. At the time I was 43 with boys of 3 and 5 years. The main reason I decided to join derby last year was the timing. As a mum, who works, has a partner who does long hours and no family around, 7.30pm exercise classes don’t work for me! 4-6pm on a Sunday is such a great time! I had attempted a few mid week classes but kiddie sickness or partner regularly late back just meant more failed juggling and the feeling of letting down children, partner, class instructor or yourself so I would give up after a few months.

After the first few weeks of training with KRG I realised that there was no mention of pucks or sticks so it couldn’t be a roller hockey class, but whatever roller derby was, I loved it.


The training sessions were fun, hard work, and with an amazing group of ladies of all shapes, sizes and abilities who laughed together. The three things I loved most about going to derby rec league are: 1. You came away sweating; I was finally burning off those leftover children’s dinners and sneaky haribos I’d been having for breakfast! 2. Every week I felt like I had achieved something and was just getting a little bit better at a highly competitive, athletic sport. 3. Probably most importantly, the skills, teaching and support of the main leaguers who volunteer to teach the rec league is quite incredible. They give up their time to make the rec league fun while offering endless encouragement and advice, making each person who goes believe that they can tick off all of the skills in the handbook to be considered to join the main league. Having done regular sport for over a year, I have to say that it has taken a lot of adjusting to take that time for me.

In December I was invited to start training with main league. This involves 2 training sessions a week and should see me doing more off skates training to increase strength and stamina and practice footwork. I struggle to put in the extra hours but have no doubt that working towards increased fitness, to participate in a team sport, that invigorates me, is one of the best reasons to grab back that time for me and I am inspired to get better, a little bit, week by week.

Our next derby mum also came to a rec league session with no idea what she was getting into! Now she’s fallen in love with the sport.

Karen (Hit and Rum)

As far as I remember I was born with skates on my feet. I lived on a steep hill in Brazil and used to challenge myself to go all the way down the street without swerving or breaking, but only jumping the speed bumps… there were numerous times that I crashed on the floor and that was when my passion for adventures and bruises started.

At the very young age of 4 or 5 my mum used to leave us with some awful ballerina clothes in the ice rink in a shopping centre to have fun and all I can remember is me and my twin sister hand in hand passing through people and running wildly, it was such fun!

Sports were always part of my life. I was part of the basketball, volleyball and handball teams in my school. I had all the time and energy in the world and all that kept me busy and active. As I grew up I started going to the gym, I moved to secondary school and then the team sports were gone so I started playing tennis and kept going to a skate park called “Bad Wolf” in São Paulo during the weekends. It was just like a roller disco but with ramps, competitions and groups of people dancing together.

When I was 17 I went to LA and bought an amazing new pair of skates and a handheld camera and rolled down the hills of West Hollywood filming my trip on skates and it looked proper awesome! I was young and felt great doing what I most loved, travelling and skating free like a bird with no worries in life.

After I became a mum at 23 years old I tried to keep exercising as much as I could and managed well until when I was around 27 years old. Life was hard with a little one and being a single mum then suddenly a busy life took over me and I stopped doing everything. When I was 29 years old I decided to move to the UK and my body began to feel the difference of being away from an active life. Being here without knowing anyone, no parents to help with childcare and everything new meant no time for myself or to do any sports. I left my skates behind and I was starting a whole new life.

Fortunately in December 2011 I had a party in a Roller disco in Southampton and I could barely believe I was going to skate again. That was the best thing that happened to me – I was still in shock trying to adapt to my new life. It took me another 5 years and another baby to get back on track with my life and with who I was. I desperately needed to find my inner self again, but I didn’t know how.

I Googled roller skates, I never heard of roller derby before, didn’t even know it was a sport. That’s when I found KRG in 2016. I was excited and had no idea what I was going for. After my first contact, it took me another year to actually go to the Bay and see what it was all about. One Sunday I went and I had no chance to escape. The girls were so welcoming and nice that all they said was: “There you go, get some skates, get some pads, start to fall on your knees”! I am forever thankful for that. I found my essence again.


I believe that I still can be the sporty active woman that I used to be when I was younger. I love having time for my self and I feel no guilt having to go out for training on Sundays. It’s been 1 year that I have been training now and I am still on Rec league but have almost all my minimum skills ticked off. I taught my eldest about sports and how great it is for your body and soul when you engage on something you love doing. Unfortunately he’s never been sporty like me, apart from swimming, but now he is starting to be interested in gyms, weights and healthy eating. I hope that although his competitive inner soul hasn’t emerged yet, that he becomes someone that loves sports like me.

My little boy enjoys my skates and has his own kit now and whenever I can I take him to a roller disco. All I can say is that it is never too late to start again. That the problems that I thought I had about my weight or my stubborn middle section after becoming a mum is also not a problem with roller derby but a strength that helps me to bash my teammates harder!

Being a mum and a sports woman is amazing. My family still don’t have too much idea of what I do and what it means to me. They think it is still just a hobby that I go to keep active but for me is much more than that. Roller derby is another whole new world for me. It is a passion I was born with, it is my second family, it is something that makes me feel alive again. It is when I become that young, free, powerful teenager I once was and it is not about appearances but about how you feel when you are training and on the tracks.

We are mums with superpowers on skates!

If you want to come and see these super-mums in action, Kent Roller Girls’ next game is at our home venue, The Bay Sports Arena on 31st March. Get your tickets now!


Meet The Derby Couples of KRG!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In KRG, we’re lucky enough to have a whole load of couples; we have ref couples, skater couples, jammer power-couples, super competitive couples and couples that transcend the boundaries between rec league and main league! Just for fun, we decided to interview each half of these couples separately, to see how much they really know about each other and how they feel about dating in derby.

When we put the answers back together… Well, it turns out they were just plain adorable!


Hellen Degenerate (Helen) and Finch (Jaime)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
H – No I am actually one of the few people who use her real name most of the time!

Who is the better skater?
H – Probably me but that’s only because I’m less broken, Jaime has the much better derby brain.
J – She is (obvs).

How many games have you played together?
H – Must be around 10 now.

Who is your partner’s derby crush?
J – Arocha.
Is she right? H Arocha, she is awesome! – Correct!

If you could invent a penalty for your partner, what would it be?
J – *whistle blow* Gold 2 unintentional flirting!

Do you go easy on your partner if you’re scrimming/playing a game or go extra hard?
H – Extra hard she will kick my ass otherwise!!
J – Extra hard. Every time.

Favourite derby position?
J – *smirks*


Ty (Issy) and Chief (Ryan)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
I – I call him by chief more than I call him Ryan, and boy does it confuse my family!

How long have you been together?
I – Just under a year – KRG’s home game last march was our first date.

How many games have you played together?
R – None. But reffed many many.

If you could invent a penalty for your partner, what would it be?
R – Sassy eye rolling.

What is the most romantic derby-related thing your partner’s ever done for you?
I – Took me on holiday to Malmö for D1 Playoffs, for *his* birthday present!

What is your partner’s favourite post derby snack?
I – Baked potato with cheese, beans and coleslaw from Wetherspoons. Occasionally extra coleslaw and garlic bread if he’s extra peckish.
Is she right? R – Jacket potato. Healthy carb replenishment. – Correct!

Couples who play derby together stay together, agree or disagree?
R – Agree – We’d never see each other otherwise!

What’s your partner’s favourite derby position?
R – Head ref. Total control of all the day.


Lawrence of A-Lay-Bee-Ah (Nat) and Roxy (Serena)

Who is the better skater?
N – Obviously she is, she’s been skating for ages.
R – Probably her now! She’s really grown in such a short space of time! Keeps me on my toes anyway!!

How did you meet?
N – At a mutual friend’s James Bond party. She was wearing a ball gown. I was 007 obviously…

How many games have you played together?
N – About 5 … One challenge team against each other.

Who is your partner’s derby crush?
R – Smarty Pants (she like realllly loves her).

If your partner could play for any derby team, which would it be?
R – Texas so she could wall up with smarty. Or team USA so she could wall up with Smarty.
Is she right? N – Wherever SmartyPants is obviously… Hehe! – Correct!

Which is more important, date night or skate night?
N – Ooo so tough… She’ll probably say something about burritos though haha.
R – Burrito night… Is that an option? It’s Thursday.

Would you ever consider having matching/couple derby names?
N – OMG Han So-Low & Princess Lay-Herout. She will say no though so I am me and all that boohoo
R – *puke*


El Viral (El) and Grazed Anatomy (Rachel)

How did you meet?
R – We met through KRG, El was already in rec when I came to an open day.
E – She was a newbie and I was a stereotype…

Who is the better skater?
E – Rachel – Except she talks to me as if I am, and it is beyond sweet!

How many games have you played together?
R – None yet, but I can’t wait till we can play in gold together. I will be in the crowd with a giant sign when she plays her first game!

Who is your partner’s derby crush?
R – Probably V-Diva, especially after we watched her play champs with a broken wrist!

Does your partner prefer being on the black or white team in scrimmage?
E – White – She genuinely got confused during one scrim because she was on the black team!
R – Black – Is there any other colour? Her white scrim top is still unused at the bottom of the drawer.
Are they both right? RI tend to wear white since no-one else likes that colour and it means I don’t have to change my shirt before scrim that often! – Correct!
EPredictably, black! My white scrim top has still never been worn to training (Cliché)! – Correct!

Which is more important, date night or skate night?
E – Quite often the same thing…


Commander Pain Shepard (Erin) and Jennapocalypse (Jenna)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
E – Jenna calls me Shep more often than my real name, but “Jennapocalypse” is a bit of a mouthful!
J – Yup, 100% Shep all the time.

How did you meet?
E – We met through KRG… First time we spoke properly was at the Christmas party, and we were both drinking whisky… It was meant to be!
J – Derby/drunk.

Do you go easy on your partner if you’re scrimming/playing a game or go extra hard?
E – Hell no, we challenge each other to be better.
J – Extra hard… I always used to aim for the ribs too.

What is your partner’s favourite post derby snack?
J – If it’s an away game then KFC on the motorway home.
Is she right? E – MEAT! – Correct! (Pretty much!)

Do you talk about derby at home is it banned?
J – We talk a lot about derby. We watch a lot of derby. Our house is full of skates and pads and training plans and merch…

What’s your partner’s favourite derby position?
E – Blocking, most likely as a pivot!
J – Pivot!


Mortal Kimbat (Kim) and Ronin (James)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
K – No, he is in my phone as Ronin though!

Who is the better skater?
K – It pains me to say James.
J – I’m faster not necessarily better.

Do you go easy on your partner if you’re scrimming/playing a game or go extra hard?
J – We are both insanely competitive so going easy is never an option!

Have you ever given your partner a penalty?
J – Quite a few, but mostly cutting which is kind of expected when they’re a jammer right?!

How did you meet?
K – Skating baby! I taped his ankle, he said the physio was cute…


Trauma Trevor (Amy) and Skate Winslet (Lee)

How did you meet?
A – Lee came up to me at a bar (almost 11 years ago) and said “you look cool, where do you hang out?”

Who is the better skater?
L – She is by far, she actually taught me how to skate and got me into it all! She’s much better at the physical side (i.e the skating) as well as having a good derby head on her. I just try not to fall over and hit people!
A – Annoyingly Lee. He hasn’t played roller derby as long as I have but he has absolutely excelled in the last year and I’m very proud.

What is the most romantic derby-related thing your partner’s ever done for you?
L – She actually bought my skates for me as a surprise, that was nice!

What is your partner’s favourite post derby snack?
L – McDonalds!
Is he right? A My favourite post derby snack is obviously nuggets! – Correct!

If you could invent a penalty for your partner, what would it be?
A – The not listening penalty. You know, when you’re taking to your partner and they don’t even acknowledge you are saying anything lol!

And now for the most important question: I love my partner so much I’d even wash their pads, agree or disagree?

Shep – Agree.
Lee – Totally agree!
Jaime – Haha disagree! (she looks after my kit!)
El – Agree – they stink, but so do mine, and fair’s fair!
Roxy – Probably…
Helen – I do this regularly and air them after every practice I don’t think Jaime has touched them in the last year!!!
Trev – Yes, i have even scrubbed the mould from his skates before haha.
Chief – My pads are the worst ones so easy agree.
Nat – I don’t think she’s ever washed her own kit since we’ve been together.
Jenna – Agree. Shep stinks so it’s better to do it regularly.
Kim – Done that!!

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Gift ideas for the roller derby addict in your life.

Valentines day is fast approaching and you may well be scrabbling around desperately wondering what the hell you are going to buy for your darling partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/secret crush/beloved friend/dog/cat etc as a thoughtful little gift to say ‘I love you.’

Chances are you have clicked through here because your partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/secret crush/friend/hamster is particularly into roller derby so you are looking for some inspiration.

So, what kind of gift could you buy for someone who loves roller derby?

Well, if you already know the world of roller derby pretty well then you probably have a few ideas, but if it’s all a bit of a mystery to you and you regularly find yourself asking your loved one how ‘that rollerblading thing’ is going or how they got on in ‘that roller hockey match’ then you need some help.

Don’t panic. I am here to give it to you. Thanks to some help and inspiration from my fellow Kent Roller Girls, here is a whole list of gift ideas for the roller derby addict in your life. I’m sure you’ll choose something they’ll love.

Pins, Badges and Patches.

I am not a very trendy roller derby player, but I’ve noticed that the ones who are tend to collect these cute little pins, badges and sew on patches for attaching to their jackets. It’s what all the cool kids are doing and here’s some links to particular favourites from our league.


Roller derby players care about their skate laces. They send each other diagrams about it and give each other tips. They get upset when their skate lacing is not working out well. Get some lovely new laces for them and they will be well pleased. Get waxed or non-slip if you can. Here are some options;

Roller skate necklace.

I love everything made by Sugar and Vice, but check out this cute roller skate necklace which can be made in any team colours. It’s a winning gift.


Bleaurgh, heads are sweaty things. Especially if you are working hard and wearing a helmet. I’ve never been into bandanas. They look a bit piratey on me, but since I started roller derby I always wear one under my helmet to soak up all the sweat (vom) and to stop my helmet from slipping around. Cotton ones are best. I’ve discovered you can buy them in art shops as a craft material in any colour and they are only a couple of quid. A handy little gift for any roller derby player’s kit bag.


We all like a sticker to go on our helmet. Here are some of our faves from Jammer Candy. And these super shiny ones from our online shop.


When you play roller derby you have to either draw on or wear your skater number on each arm. At every scrim or bout there is always someone after a sharpie. A pack of black sharpies is the perfect way to say ‘I love you.’

Hockey Tape

Same with hockey tape. It only cost a few quid, but it’s so handy for taping on pads that have lost their Velcro stick or for taping over your skates so they don’t get too scuffed up.

Posh Water Bottle

I always use an empty squash bottle and I’m jealous of everyone else’s posh water bottle at training. A tiny one won’t cut it though, I’d recommend you go big or go home.

Roller Derby First Aid Kit

Arnica/Foot plasters/Freeze Packs/Pain killers/Physio Tape/Bruise Camouflage Make up…

This would make a thoughtful little package for a roller derby player, especially if you know they are the kind of player (like me) who has a very special relationship with the floor. Apparently, arnica helps bruises heal, plasters for hurting/blistered feet can be a great thing to go in a kit bag. A gel freeze pack to stick on your arse after a particularly bad knock can be a god send and I swear by some thick colour corrective concealer to help cover up the bruises for the next day at work. The Physio tape is for performing some kind of magic taping up of certain joints and muscles. I don’t fully understand it, but I know we get though a lot of it and that everyone seems to be covered in physio tape all the time. It’s also available in team colours!


Speaking of make up, why not find out their team colours and buy them some face paints to match. As a mum I would recommend snazzaroo for great colours, coverage and ease of washing off at the end of the day.


A lot of people are really into glitter in roller derby. As a parent I know that glitter is actually the snot of satan but hey, roller derby players like to stick it to their faces a lot before games. Get them some glitter. They’ll love it.

Pad Spray

Ugh, the protective gear that roller derby players wear gets sooooo stinky. Some people’s pads literally smell like death. Apparently, this foam fresh stuff works wonders. It’s a great gift that their team mates will thank you for too.

Speed Cream

We all need a little extra lubrication from time to time and there’s no shame in that. This goes onto the skate bearings and helps those wheels turn faster. A great little gift to show you care.


Some people are really into funky knee-high socks. Some prefer good quality thick sports socks or blister proof socks. What do you reckon? Do they seem like the kind of person who would like sparkly unicorn socks or serious high-tech sport sock type things? Either way I’m sure they would appreciate a nice fresh new pair to stick in their kit bag.

Skate Tools

Here are some tools that are really handy to most skaters;

  • Allen Key 5.0mm
  • T shaped Skate tool
  • Adjustable Spanner
  • Bones Bearing tool.

Wrist Guards

Roller derby pads are expensive, but wrist guards are normally a very reasonably priced bit of kit you can get and are often replaced so they make a great gift. There are a few different brands to choose from but here is a particular favourite.

Number Bands

As I mentioned earlier, each skater must display their skater number on each arm in a way which is clearly visible to the referees. You can buy these wearable, washable number bands for around £10-£15 and they will be well received and used regularly. You just need to find out their skater number, but that shouldn’t be too hard as it’s likely that you can find it plastered all over their bout photos on facebook/Instagram.

Toe Stops

Roller derby skaters rely on their toe stops to help them sneak around the track or make a quick getaway. If your skater also likes to skate out doors in the summer or visit concrete skate parks then the chances are that their toe stops are wearing down fast. Here are a couple of favourite brands used in my league and they will fit most roller derby skates.

Toe Snouts

These are protective caps which are usually made out of leather and prevent your skates from getting really scuffed up. Strawberries and Scream on Etsy is one of the best places to look;

Crazy Sports Leggings

Crazy prints and bright colours are pretty popular. Everyone seems to enjoy a pair of crazy leggings. You could probably pick something up from somewhere like H&M but this shop is a particular favourite and has some amazing designs;


These are the spinney round bits inside the roller skate wheel. So handy to have an extra set. Personally, I don’t think you have to spend a fortune on them. You need 16 to make up a set and this brand have served me very well so far.

A Voucher to spend at Double Threat Skates

If you want them to be able to choose their own bit of kit then you should get them a voucher for this great roller derby skate/kit shop in London. It’s so easy to get to as it’s right around the corner from King’s Cross and they’ll be impressed that you know about it and have bought a voucher to choose something from here. They also sell online if you are not close enough to London.

Boot Bananas

The concept of these things makes me feel a bit ill, but um basically they are these flaccid sort of banana lookalike things that go into your skate boots when you are not wearing them and they soak up all the . . . . *wretch* . . . foot sweat . . . and you know when you need to get some more because they start to turn . . . *vomm* . . . brown . . . like a real banana. You can buy them in outdoorsy type shops or on amazon or ebay.

Mouth guard Case

Nobody wants a soggy mouth guard floating around their handbag, eh? Collecting postage stamps from three years ago, dismembered pom bears and hairgrips? A mouth guard case can solve that problem and is such a romantic gift.

Skate pack/wheelie case

These rucksacks look great for putting all your kit in and have handy little pockets for your skates to stick out of the back (except what if it is raining?) but if you want to push the boat out a bit you could go for one of these snazzy wheelie suitcase things? It doesn’t have to be too big. In fact smaller is better. I’d like a wheely suitcase. At the moment I’m using a bag for life. The wheelie suitcases make it sound like we are all heading off to the airport for some kind of girls holiday when in actual fact we are all just heading towards a rather grim looking leisure centre to beat each other up.

Sisu Mouthguard

I know these are a bit pricey for a mouth guard, but trust me that this will be a much appreciated gift and that this brand is the most popular and the most comfortable.

And finally, this amazing Kent Roller Girls vest top with original artwork from ‘Tank Girl’ creator Rufus Dayglo

But seriously, who would not want this awesome top? So cool. Such a bargain. Also available in men’s or women’s sizes as a t-shirt.

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Captain and Commander; Shep’s Profile

So, how did you get into derby and how long have you been skating for?

I wanted to try a new sport, as I already played cricket, and it’s gradually taken over my life in the best way possible! I decided to come and watch a few rec league sessions because I was too nervous to take part immediately. After two weeks, I was itching to put skates on, so I did – that was over 3 years ago!


What do you do when you’re not playing roller derby?

Sadly, roller derby doesn’t pay my bills, so I work as a Healthcare Scientist in the NHS. I specialise in radiation protection, which means my job varies day-to-day; one day I can be testing an X-ray machine, and another I can be calculating patient doses! I’m part of the KRG board that helps to run the league, so my free-time is spent doing admin to keep everything running smoothly. I’ve also been voted in as Captain this year, which is a real honour and comes with extra responsibilities such as roster selection, so I’m kept pretty busy. I don’t get the chance to play team sports outside of derby currently, but in the summer, a group of us get together to play rounders as part of league in Canterbury. It’s a lot of fun, and it makes a nice change from seeing each other with helmets on! I’m hoping to get to the gym a lot more this year, as I’ll be moving bases to work much closer to home. My partner and I moved in together last year, and one of the first things we did was to get a hamster called Jeremy. He’s the cutest thing ever, looks like a tiny bear and would definitely win a hamster-version of Gladiators . He frequently climbs upside down in his cage and has recently learned how to escape, but luckily he doesn’t go far because he likes snacks too much!!


What is your super power/biggest strength on the track?

I don’t know about super power, but my secret power is definitely sneaking in an apex-jump when people aren’t expecting it. Jamming doesn’t particularly agree with my wheezy lungs, but I regularly pivot – the thrill of chasing down an opposition jammer to try and steal some points is worth being out of breath for! Mainly though, I love working with my wall to cover the track and slow the other team’s jammer down – there’s no better feeling than coming off track and high-fiving each other because you know you just crushed a poor jammer’s soul!!

What are your goals for next season? What would you like to improve on?

My main goal for next year is to be a good leader for our team, as we’re taking on new challenges in the form of further growing the league and setting up our own bouting schedule for the year. It’s going to be a big year for us, and I want to be able to support all of our members in the best way possible. Personally, I would like to improve my endurance and get physically stronger, so my 2018 will involve a lot of off-skates training… there’s always room for development, especially with an increasingly competitive roster!!


What would be your number 1 tip for those looking to improve this year?

Be patient, and be honest with yourself/your coaches. Some skills take time to physically master, and some take even longer to overcome mentally! Talk to your coaches, tell them your goals and tell them what you feel is currently standing in your way. Remember to recognise all the small steps you’ve taken along the way to accomplish your goals – today, you might have managed to transition for the first time, and in a year’s time, you might be gliding backwards out of the pack on one foot…but it all started with that first step.

Introducing: World Cup Superstar Tenacious!

It’s the first time Team Romania has been in the Roller Derby World Cup and they’re planning on making it a debut to remember! Alina, or Tenacious on track, is a tiny but powerful jammer who began wowing everyone at KRG with their skate skills 4 years ago. Alina has gone on to win pretty much every derby award going and hopes to do some serious point-scoring in Manchester. We caught up with them to find out more…

How long have you been involved in roller derby?

I discovered roller derby 4 years ago. After years of living in Kent I wanted to get back on my skates and Iooked up roller skating online. It turned out Kent Roller Girls trained in the same town I lived in! I had never heard of Roller Derby before and I only skated on in-lines. After learning about the sport more and more I wanted to get better and better at derby.

Tenacious breaking out of the pack against Wirral Roller Derby

Who inspires you?

On skates, Erin Jackson is a wonderful inspiration. The idea is growing in my mind to try speed skating ever since I came across her! And off skates, Dame Kelly Holmes, her day to day training is insane!

How much harder have you found it training for the World Cup than regular games?

Training, in general, this year has been difficult as I have had some health challenges and as it is the first time for me to play at an international level. It’s been a great reason to get better and stronger and helped me look at the future with a more positive attitude. It’s also been in planning for ages so I have had to stay focussed for a while. So yes, it has been harder but it is only by challenging yourself that you get better. I have seen the benefits of upping the off skates training too.


Skating in front of the home crowd at The Bay Arena, Herne Bay

What drives you to put in the extra effort needed to train for the World Cup?

I am very proud to be representing Romania in the World Cup, especially because this sport is unknown in Romania (we are working on that). I feel like RDWC is so important as we are making history, so I want to give it all I can and make my team and Romania proud! At the same time I’m representing Kent Roller Girls and I want to show appreciation for the time my coaches have put into our training programme.

Do you find it easy to stay energised and focused between games in a tournament?

If I don’t have enough sleep I am very grumpy and can’t focus. I try to eat well everyday, getting lots of energy in, keeping hydrated and keeping the odd energy drink along side my water bottle. I get very nervous before a game until the first jam is out of the way. Usually a good warm up helps my mental game too so I try to kit up and put my skates on as soon as I can.

Taking a huge hit from Swansea City Roller Derby

As a World Cup skater, people see you as a role model, what qualities do you hope people see in you?

I am dedicated to this sport and my on skates time has always been very precious to me. I am also very competitive and I hope I do inspire through these two traits of mine.

High fives after coming first in Tier 3 of British Champs

Do you have a signature move that we should be looking out for at the World Cup?

My signature move is a one footed transition, I think. Well I thought it was mine until someone told me all about Lexi Lightspeed from LRG and then I went along to most of her bootcamps to help me perfect it!

The Team Romania roster

The Roller Derby World Cup is an international roller derby tournament including teams from all over the world. It takes place in Manchester from the 1st until the 4th February. For more information check out www.RollerDerbyWorldCup.com

An Overview of KRG in 2017

An Overview of 2017 from Head Coach Brute 66

We started the year with a trip to Paris to play La Boucherie de Paris Rollergirls. A very early 4am start and a drive through Northern France to Paris did not lead to us playing our best roller derby. We tried to instigate some new tactics, but in the end we were outclassed by a very talented Paris team. This lead to the start of our British Championships T2 season. We were drawn in the Southern division meaning we would be taking on an incredibly strong tier of teams, Windsor Roller Girls. London Rockin’ Rollers, South West Angels of Terror, Swansea City Roller Girls and Big Bucks High Rollers, all in all we were very much underdogs in this tier.

Pickett, who retired earlier this year, jamming against La Boucherie 

First up was a trip to London to play Windsor. A strong start saw us leading at halftime with the onlooking teams realising we weren’t going to be a pushover this year. Some strong Windsor tactics saw them fight back in the second half and just pip us to the win. Second up was our home b out and a game against S.W.A.T. again we started well, rookie jammer Chip having an amazing game and we held our own all game. Unfortunately, we just let it slip in the final ten minutes and SWAT took the victory. However, yet again we showed that we were a team you were going to have to work hard to beat. Next was the ‘big one’, London Rockin’ Rollers, a mainstay in the British Roller Derby scene, full of hugely talented skaters. We were nervous going into the game, but as a coach, I’ve never been more proud of my team than in this game. The team was outstanding from start to finish and fought for every inch of space on that track, every point. There were stand out performances all over the team, including a 19 point jam from a pivot. The lead constantly changed and though we eventually lost the game, we earned a lot of respect and learned so much about ourselves.

Tenacious breaking out of the pack against LRR

Our trip to Swansea to play the host team, a team we had lost to in the playoffs the year before, was sadly called off due to a nasty injury to one of our skaters who thankfully has made a full recovery. Thank you to SCRD for hosting the event and their support in the weeks that followed. We rounded off our champs season with a game against BBHR. I won’t dwell too much on this game, but a few injuries to key players and the fallout from the Swansea call off meant we did not play as we had all season and Big Bucks rolled out easy and deserved winners.

Two transfers to the team, Liannarchy and Finch, playing in Belfast

After a summer to rest and recuperate, including hosting our first ever Rookie Tournament, we attacked the off season with three away games. First, a trip over the Irish Sea to play Belfast Roller Derby. An unknown entity to us, and with two new transfers on our team, we played as a unit and eventually came away with a big victory despite a spirited second half come back from our hosts. The week after saw the very welcome return of the KRG B Team, The Knightmares. A trip to Suffolk to take on the Suffolk Bees saw the Knightmares ride out comfortable winners in their return. The new batch of KRG skaters looking strong and tough. The season was ended with the All Stars traveling to North Wales to play a doubleheader with the newly formed Kent Men’s Roller Derby. Another tough game for us saw and we eventually came away with the victory and then we watched KMRD take their debut victory meaning both Kent teams came away victorious.

KRG after winning their final game of 2017 in Wales

2018 looks to be just as busy for KRG. We have taken a year out of British Champs in order to focus upon our rankings and hopefully gain our WFTDA apprenticeship. We have our first ever skater to represent their country at the Roller Derby World Cup (go team Romania!) and we will continue to develop and grow our league. We would like to thank all our officials and volunteers, all our skaters past and present for their work in 2017. And a massive thank you to all our opponents, Boucherie De Paris, Royal Windsor Roller Girls, S.W.A.T, London Rockin’ Rollers, Swansea City Roller Derby, Big Bucks High Rollers, Belfast Roller Derby, Suffolk Roller Derby and North Wales Roller Derby.

See you all in 2018, HUC HUC HUC!

If you’d like to come along to our next open day, check out the Facebook event or send us an email at recruitment@kentrollergirls.com

KRG Does Veganuary – The Beginning

I have always been fascinated by the role of food and nutrition in sport. It’s something I’ve always struggled with in my derby career; eating too much or too soon before a game, not eating enough to keep my energy levels up or replacing healthy food with sugary snacks and energy drinks for a quick burst of energy. So when I saw an advert for Veganuary on Facebook I was interested to find out more and try it for myself.

We have a few vegans in our team and I wanted to find out why they decided to choose this lifestyle. Ted’s decision was for health reasons.

X-Ray Ted:

I was vegetarian from the age of 11 till 17. I always used to joke that it was because of my mother’s terrible cooking, but really I’d made the connection between the meat on my plate and the animals I loved after someone handed me a leaflet on a trip out in London. I stopped eating meat with the promise to my grandmother that if I was craving meat it was because my body was lacking something and that I would listen to my body.

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