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.
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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/
This year, KRG’s chosen charity is CLASP – Counselling Life Advice and Suicide Prevention.
We’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.
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 email@example.com.
Story behind the name & number: 42 is my lucky number, the ultimate answer.
Jammer or Blocker?: BLAMMER! I’m learning to love taking a star pass.
Continue reading KRG Profile – Roxy #42
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!).
Continue reading KRG Recreational league open day – October 23rd 2016
On May 29th members of Kent Roller Girls will be skating a marathon at the South Coast Roll in aid of Canterbury Food Bank.
The South Coast Roll is an annual event held at Goodwood race track in West Sussex. Those aiming to skate a full marathon (that’s 26 miles!!) need to complete 11 laps of the undulating track, whatever the weather. Last year saw our skaters battling strong winds and rain so we’re hoping that things improve on that front this time round!
Continue reading KRG skate a marathon!!!
Kent Roller Girls currently sit top of our division in this year’s British Roller Derby Championships following a decisive win on the 23rd April, against Bath.
Continue reading British Champs Tier 3 – Kent Roller Girls vs Bath Roller Derby Girls
Kent’s 1st home game of 2016 is a British Championships Tier 3 South double header!
May 21st sees us welcoming Grin ‘n’ Barum roller girls, Cornwall roller derby, and Surrey roller girls to our venue, the Bay Sports Arena in Herne Bay.
Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 on the door. Under 12s FREE! – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2533179
Schedule is as follows…
1pm – Doors Open
First Bout: 1.30pm – Grin ‘N’ Barum Roller Girls vs Cornwall Roller Derby
2nd Bout: 3.30pm – Kent Roller Girls vs Surrey Roller Girls
More info can be found on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/215387208849644/
Position: Head Referee
Story behind the name: When I started in derby I was a security dog handler, which involved guarding places with my dog. Cerberus in greek mythology was the 3 headed hound that guarded the gates of the underworld. So I mashed my name with the legend and it all kinda fitted together.
Favourite Ref hand signal: Nowadays it’s the lead jammer signal. Start with my right hand behind my back to remind me my jammer is on their initial pass then when they get lead jammer I fire my hand out super quick. Although back when I started reffing the signal for misconduct was doing an “I’m a little teapot dance” which I kinda miss.
Continue reading KRG Profile: Cerbeross