KRG are holding our next open day evening on September 3rd at our home track, the Bay Arena in Herne Bay. To celebrate we’ve asked previous open day attendees to tell us their stories…
“I’d been aware of roller derby as a concept for a while, but had assumed it was largely an American sport and dismissed it as a possibility. After seeing an advert for another UK team in the programme at an NFL game in London, my interest was piqued, and following a bit of internet searching, I came across Kent Roller Girls. They had an open day coming up, so I decided I’d go along. I’d done a lot of sport growing up, and did fencing whilst at University, but since moving down to Kent for work five years ago I had become quite sedentary.
I went to the open day alone, and was quite nervous. I’m not the fittest, or most athletically built, and was worried that I wouldn’t fit in, or would be judged for my appearance and ability. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
“January was six months ago, so it’s kind of weird to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but this year mine was quite simple really. I just wanted to be happier, so one of the first things I did was that I quit my gym membership.
If you enjoy going to the gym then I am genuinely very happy for you. Some people really do, but for me I just felt it was something I was doing for some kind of end result rather than because I actually liked it in any way.
Here’s a shocking fact – two million fewer 14-40 year-old women than men play sport regularly. TWO MILLION!
However, over 20 of those women, shook off any fear of judgement that might have held them back from participating in sport and came along to the Kent Roller Girls open day last week to try the extreme sport of Roller Derby for the first time.
Often, time and cost can be barriers to participation in sport (recreational league is £5 a session on a pay as you go basis), but with loan skates and protective gear available the only restrictions were those people placed on themselves about whether they wanted to give it a go or not! The THIS GIRL CAN campaign is being run by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery has local partners to help promote uptake of exercise in women and as a result Kent Sport came to vist the team to see what they were all about and hear their stories.
We will be hosting our first open day of 2017 on March 12th, 4:30-8pm at our home rink, the Bay Arena in Herne Bay.
Ever thought about getting involved with Kent Roller Girls? Well this is your opportunity! At our open day you will get a chance to have a go on skates (18+ only, no experience necessary), learn what roller derby is all about and experience some real life gameplay from our main league. League members will be on hand to chat to you about their experiences and to help put any nerves you may have to bed. We can lend you almost all of the kit you need to participate, we just ask that you bring along a mouthguard, as no-one wants to borrow those! Plus, there’ll be free cake and snacks for all, and you’ll be able to get your hands on some KRG merchandise at fancy discount prices. Oh, and did we mention, it’s all absolutely free!
So come along, meet some new people and get hooked on the craziness of roller derby! And remember, we aren’t just looking for skaters, we need referees and officials too, so there’s something for everyone 🙂
Last Sunday saw us welcome some fresh meat to KRG central in Herne Bay, at our last open day of the year.
Open Days are our way of giving folks a chance to come along to our venue, meet the team, have a go at some basic skate skills and get an introduction to the game of roller derby by watching our main league scrimmage. Oh, and there’s cake too. Lots of cake.
Thanks to everyone that came along on the day, we all really enjoyed it and it was great to meet you all. It’s always so impressive seeing new skaters throw themselves in to the action, some without any previous experience on 8 wheels! And for anyone that missed out on this one, we’ll be holding another open day at the end of January 2017; keep the look out for details on our Facebook page!
Thanks to Michael East for coming along to take some snaps of the action on the day – check out his page for lots of awesome derby pics 🙂
Come along and find out more about the amazing world of roller derby with Kent Roller Girls!
Our open day is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the team and discover what roller derby is all about. We are looking for both skaters and referees to join KRG, and also volunteers to help us run our games and events.
The event is free and everyone is welcome! No tickets are required – just join the event page on Facebook to keep up to date with all the info.
We can lend you nearly all the kit you need, you just need to bring along a mouthguard on the day (as no-one wants to use a second hand mouthguard!).