Kent Roller Girls take on Dundee Roller Derby at the Bay Sports Arena on September the 22nd. After their summer break, Kent have got back to training harder than ever and have been working together to perfect their formations. Photographer Steve James joined us last Sunday to see us in action before the game.
On Sunday 29th July, a car-full of Kents drove to Dorney Lake in Berkshire in the pouring rain, strapped on their skates and skated over 26 miles each for charity. This may seem crazy to many people but with fundraisers we’re always aiming for ‘the crazier the better’ and this time it paid off, quite literally! So far our marathon skaters have raised over £500 for Pilgrim’s Hospices, our chosen charity this year, with more donations still trickling in.
The influx of donations for the skaters has pushed KRG over this years target of £750. With 5 months and many more charity events already planned, the team have now increased their target to £1000. The generosity and support from team-mates, friends and family definitely kept the marathon team going as they battled the elements.
We interviewed each of the marathon skaters to find out how and why they took on this marathon challenge.
Meet Sam, or Glitch to the rest of the team. Oh wait, you already met her almost a year ago, when she was telling us all about her Open Day Story! Glitch had heard about KRG about a month before she managed to find the courage to give it a try. We find that a lot of our newbies are nervous to begin with, like with any new experience, so we try our hardest to make sure it’s a fun and welcoming experience when they turn up to the Open Day.
Bored of black vs white scrimmages? Are your old white scrim tops more of a grey colour after spending their life in your kit bag? Want to show off your true colours during Pride month? We’ve got the perfect craft project for you!
Kent Roller Girls supporters turned out in force to cheer on the All-Stars and the Kent B team The Knightmares at the Bay Arena in the second home game of the season on Saturday. The A team won with 266 points to Portsmouth Roller Wenches’ 189, defying predictions and causing KRG to leapfrog PRW in the European rankings.
It’s been Mental Health Awareness Week this week and it got us thinking about how important it is to take time out from your day to day life and look after yourself. For many of us, roller derby is that escape; from work stress, family drama, our own negative thoughts and keeping up with the unrealistic expectations that get put on us.
We collected a few statements from people within our league that talk about the struggles they face and how roller derby fits into their self-care routine. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week
Welcome back to part two of our 27 Tips for Passing Your 27 in 5! We hope you tried a couple of tips from part one and we’d love to know how you all got on, why not leave us a comment?
Part two brings you even more skating stars, your favourite KRG players and plenty of off skates tips to hopefully keep you motivated and push you to reach those tricky last few laps. First up is a roller derby mega-star, Lady Trample.
If you are brand new to roller derby and you haven’t heard of her yet, I recommend calling in sick to work for the next week and binge-watching any Victorian Roller Derby League (VRDL) games you can find online! She is a fearless jammer for this team (who are currently sitting at the #1 spot in the world) and when she’s not on track you can find her shredding up skate parks with Chicks in Bowls, encouraging and inspiring quad skaters all over the world.
Passing your minimum skills can be tough! Most new roller derby players come to the sport having never really skated before and some without having been involved in a sport for a number of years. Although we are all keen to get on and learn how to play the game, if we don’t manage to nail that one-foot glide or get stuck on the cone weave or the 27 laps in five minutes, it can be really frustrating.
Passing your 27 laps in five minutes is perhaps the biggest obstacle for a lot of skaters so here at Kent Roller Girls we decided to reach out to some of our own personal skating heroes to pick up some of their best tips for nailing those laps and acing the minimum skills test in general. They replied with some incredible nuggets of skating wisdom.
We hope that you find something here that makes the difference for you!
Our first tip comes from Abi Crowe (Muscle Crowe) a KRG fresh meat success story who went on to play for London Brawling (LRG) and Windsor’s A Team after learning the basics with us and passing her minimum skills.
At Kent Roller Girls’ last home game, a group of KRG members got together to showcase and sell their crafts and creations. El-Viral is KRG’s head NSO and a member of our recreational league; she explains where the idea came from:
“One thing I’ve always loved about roller derby is how it brings together such a diverse range of people. Everyone starts their derby life as a group of strangers sweating and falling over together in a sports hall and discussing nothing but the hardness of your wheels. However, as you get to know people, you start to learn their likes and dislikes, and their ‘real life’ jobs as well as the different skills they have.”
Creative skaters: El Viral, Frankenmeanie (back right) and Dread Block (in the green kneepads).
Kent Roller Girls will be taking on the Portsmouth Roller Wenches on the 26th of May at the Herne Bay Arena. Roller derby is an aggressive, fast paced, full contact sport played on roller skates and this game looks to be a close match, with the two teams having faced each other on track several times over the years and being very close on the European rankings. The photos on this page are from the last time we invited the Wenches to our home at the Bay.