KRG Open Day with Kent Sport

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.

One participant, Abi Oborne said, ” I bought my daughter some rollerskates and thought, actually, I quite fancy giving that a go…so I looked around and found out about Kent Roller Girls.”

The team runs itself, with the more experienced members, giving up their time to coach the beginners from scratch. “We teach people how to fall safely to start so that takes the fear out of it.  Then we put the skates on them, end encourage them to get rolling, which is when the fun really begins!

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“Recreational League Derby gives women a chance to have some time for themselves to see how well they can learn and adapt to a new set of skills, whilst having fun and being supported in a friendly environment,” said member Serena Gilbert, 39 ” We have women from a size 6 to 22, from under 5ft tall to nearly 6ft, it’s about whether you can give it your all, rather than how big or small you are.”

This sport is also about what you can do to be useful to the team, both on and off track, as everyone also helps by doing what they can to promote the teams games, act as officials, design tshirts and posters or write funding bids for support to buy new uniforms. Committee member Danielle said “Everyone has another non-derby life and some of those skills can come in handy when setting up a league – which could be anything from the person who organises the insurance and the rate of the hall bookings to someone who arranges to send a teammate a signed birthday card.

“It was great to have Kent Sport visit us and help raise the profile of what we are trying to do as a team – to be empowered and to empower others”, said team founder Demi. “I’m sure we found some future superstars at our Open Day, whether they go on to play in the team or not I hope that everyone found a bit of superhero in themselves – just by being brave enough to start something new.”

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Oasis toiletries donation

Thank you to everyone that donated to our collection for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service and their clients.

We visited the Oasis shop in Margate on Saturday 4th March to hand over your generous donations. Everything you donated will go to help those in need, who often have fled their home bringing few their belongings with them.

If you’d like to get involved and help Oasis see http://www.oasisdaservice.org/donate/

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KRG CHARITY 2017 – CLASP

This year, KRG’s chosen charity is CLASP – Counselling Life Advice and Suicide Prevention.

downloadWe’ve done lots of excellent fundraising before including everything from sponsored marathons on skates to collecting tins and running raffles at games, so we’re hoping to make this year as successful for CLASP.

CLASP’s aim and mission is to confront the stigma surrounding mental and stress related illnesses, daily emotional trauma and suicide.

Want to get involved? CLASP are holding one of their ‘Walking out of Darkness’ events on Saturday 13th May 2017 in London.
If you want to find out more about this event, or their work in general, see www.claspcharity.com or check their facebook page.

KRG Open Day – March 12th 2017

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 🙂

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for event information, or email recruitment@kentrollergirls.com.

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Kent Roller Girls take on Tier Two

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The British Roller Derby Championships gets underway on 11th Feb with Kent Roller Girls taking on Windsor. The game will be part of a double header event in Tottenham, the home ground of London Rockin Rollers who will match up against Swansea City. See Facebook for event details.

Kent topped the table in tier three last year, beating Plymouth, Bath, Cornwall, Plymouth and Surrey, along the way. At playoffs, the only team in their way to promotion was Norfolk Roller Derby who lead from the start but Kent managed to swing the match round in a nail biting game to take the win with the final score of 154-138.

KRG advanced but lost to Swansea, the overall winners of the playoff games,and were pipped to a third place by 47 points in a game against the hard-hitting lasses from the Wirral.

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Tier two will be a step up for Kent, as many of the teams have international players, London Rockin Rollers have world cup veterans Jack Attack and Rammit, and Team Wales and Swansea’s #7 The Mortician is a force to be reckoned with. Furthermore, Windsor have a seasoned squad who have played in the USA and Scandinavia, and the Angels of Terror and Big Bucks High Rollers round out the rest of the bracket.

If you want to support the team on their journey into Tier Two the next home game of the season will be at the Bay Arena, Herne Bay on 4th March; tickets are available here.

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If you are a woman over 18 and fancy giving roller derby a go, email recruitment@kentrollergirls.com to join them at their Open Day on 12th March. The team are also always on the look out for Referees and officials (both on and off skates) and can teach you all you need to know.

 

KRG PROFILE – COMMANDER PAIN SHEPARD #713

Name: Commander Pain Shepard

Number: 713

Story behind the name and number: I wanted a badass persona on track that I knew would push me to be better, and what better than the saviour of the galaxy… Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect series. The ‘Pain’ is a play on words with the misnomer ‘Jane’, given to the female version of Shepard. I originally wanted N7 as my number, but the decision to remove letters had been announced… Another skater in our league had the number 7 already (damn you Clair!), so I decided to combine it with my lucky number to get 713.

Jammer or blocker?: mainly blocker, but I’m training myself to become more of a double threat!

Favourite derby move: apex jump!

Derby role model: sexy slaydie… She crushes the hopes and dreams of jammers, and has an amazing attitude.

Why roller derby?: 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.

How did you get involved with KRG?: 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!

What goes through your mind before a game?: I normally get super nervous, so I sing the Commander Shepard song by Miracle of Sound until I feel in control of my body and I know I’m ready to go skate!

Your favourite derby moment so far?: definitely has to be winning Tier 3 East of British Champs. It was my first season with KRG main league, and it was incredible to be part of such a cohesive team.

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?: has to be Gotham… I have so many derby crushes on the skaters, and having met them at a bootcamp, I can safely say I have a few actual crushes too.

What’s your day job?: I’m a health physics technician for the NHS. It basically means I work in radiation protection, and get to test xray machines around the county.

What do you like to do off track?: I really enjoy cooking, going outdoor skating by the sea and watching roller derby to pick up new tactics.

How has roller derby impacted your life?: it has given me so many new friends, experiences and challenges that I never thought I could overcome before starting derby … It has given me the confidence to own my place in the world, and has introduced me to incredible people that I can’t imagine being without.

Shep xx

KRG PROFILE – ART ATTACK #489

Name: Art Attack

Number: 489

Story behind the name & number:  When I was much, much smaller my nickname with my family was Art Attack Alyx because I was always making / painting /drawing something! I read an article on using childhood names to help you create a derby name and it stuck!

Jammer or Blocker?: I prefer jamming but blocking is just so. much. fun!

Favourite derby move:  I love, love, love jumping and backwards bracing!

Derby role model: Loren Mutch!

Why roller derby?: Why not? It’s a great way to get fit and meet new people!

How did you get involved with KRG?: A group I am part of came for the open day, I thought I would give it a go and I got hooked.

What goes through your mind before a game?: If I am completely honest It’s usually something along the lines of:
1. “I wonder when I can eat breakfast / lunch / dinner.”
2. “Did I bring enough snacks/ hockey tape? ”
3. “Are these wheels good for this floor? ”
I tend to get nervous about a week before a game so just before a game I’m over it.

Your favourite derby moment so far?:
Playing my first intermediate game only a year after starting to skate and not making a complete mockery of myself!

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?:
I really love watching Gotham. I love the aggression they bring to the track, I feel like we could all use a little more Gotham within us!

What’s your day job?:
I’m currently managing head chef of a tiny, but perfect eatery on a farm!

What do you like to do off the track?:
Off the derby track I like to artistic skate,  embroider, garden, paint, visit the beach, make jam and chutney, I’m practicing calligraphy at the moment too! ( I promise I’m only 25!)

How has roller derby impacted your life?: roller derby helped me to get fit, make friends in a strange new town (and countrywide!) , taught me about managing myself and is a great outlet for any built up feels!