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!)
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.
Before the game on Saturday against Dundee Roller Derby, we decided to catch up with Grazed Anatomy (still one of my all-time favourite derby names!) aka Rachel, before she puts on her gold uniform for the first time to represent Kent. We first me her back in August last year in one of our Open Day Stories and we wanted to see how she’s getting along…
” Update: I made it!! I passed my minimum skills back in November 2017, six months from my first time on skates. Now I get to train with main league twice a week, and learn to be part of a proper derby team! I’m loving getting to put the skills I learned back in Rec league to the test, and developing new ones with my team mates. I love getting to practice drills, and the best part of training is scrimmage on Sunday! ”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With our open day coming up on Sunday 21st January, at our home venue in Herne Bay, we asked some of our new recruits why they decided to try derby and how they got involved with KRG…
Melissa S: I watched LRG eight years ago. I thought this would have been the sport for me (recreationally) if I was ten years younger. Since then I’ve had kids and all sorts going on and I’ve lost a lot of confidence in my body and socially. My husband was helping me look for a hobby and we found this. I wasn’t sure I was right for it, but then I showed up at the end of July and I’ve never met such a kind and welcoming group of people in my life! I love learning that my body can do so many things I never would have thought possible and spending time with such lovely people who are all together for the love of the game. I love KRG and hope to be part of it for a long time!
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…
What (if any) other sports do you play?: Currently none, I used to play Airsoft regularly with my team but haven’t been able too since moving to Canterbury. I do pole fitness and like going to the gym but never got into any other team sports.
How did you find out about KRG?: I saw an advert on Facebook for a home game in Herne Bay, it was the week before the open day so I figured I would go along and check it out.