Want to learn to play roller derby? Join Fresh Meat, our 15-week course to teach you everything you need to know!
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What you will learn
The course is tailored for people who can already stand up and move comfortably on quad roller skates (no rollerblades please).
The course is structured to help you build on your skills week by week:
- Weeks 1-5: derby basics – stops, starts, falls, being safe.
- Weeks 6-10: derby specific skills – laterals, jumps, crossovers.
- Weeks 11-15: more derby specific skills – speed laps, hitting, whips.
You will be tested on the skills you’re learning every 5 weeks; if you fail a test you will not be able to continue with the training sessions this time around, but can try again at the next intake. If this is your second intake and you fail again, we’ll ask you to take some time to work on your skating before trying again.
When you’ve completed the Minimum Skills Requirements you’ll be ready to join in with the wider Newcastle Roller Girls and start playing the game!
Please note that the Fresh Meat sessions are held with Tyne & Fear Roller Derby, which means male and female skaters are present. The Newcastle Roller Girls coaching committee run the majority of the sessions, but there may be some covered by Tyne & Fear.
The course needs commitment, for your safety and ours. If you miss more than 4 sessions during the 15 weeks, you will be asked to come back for the next intake. Attendance is measured by being on skates – so for example, if due to kit shortage issues you can’t take part in a session, you will miss that week.
The start of the course is really important, and if you can’t make the first session of an intake, you can start in the second week. If you miss both of these sessions you will have to wait until the next intake.
Learning new skills every week is hard, and you’ll need to put in extra practice to pass. Rollerdiscos are a great place to practice!
You must be 18 or over, and if you are under the age of 21 or look particularly youthful (lucky you!) please bring photo ID with you. We’re really strict on this policy as our insurance does not cover under 18s. There’s no upper age limit, and we have skaters in their 50s and beyond!
If you’re under 18, look up Newcastle Junior Roller Derby. It’s for male and female skaters aged 8-17. It’s a great way to learn to play, and then you can join us as soon as you hit 18!
If you have any longstanding illnesses/injuries, you’ll need to show us a note from your doctor before we can let you skate.
Most kit (skates, helmets, knee, elbow and wrist guards) can be hired from NRG for £1.50 per session on a first-come first-served basis. This is a flat rate no matter how much kit you need to borrow.
Our kit supplies are limited so we recommend you bring as much of your own kit as possible, especially skates. Cheap disco boots will get you through fresh meat and can be picked up for around £45 new. If you have particularly small or large feet, we may not have any skates that will fit you. When we start doing contact, you will need to buy your own gum shield.
Costs and location
Sessions are held at Walker Activity Dome in Newcastle upon Tyne on Sunday mornings.
Each session is £5 for coaching, plus £1.50 if you need to borrow any kit.
How to join
If you want to take part in the next course, here’s what to do:
We’ll be in touch on email and on Facebook to let you know what to expect.
We are also recruiting officials!
Skating officials will train with the skaters to perfect the basics of derby skating, before being coached by our Head Referee, Big Smack & Fries, in skills tailored to skating as a referee.
Don’t fancy skating but want to be involved in roller derby? We’re also recruiting Non Skating Officials (NSOs)! Drop us a message to find out what it entails and how you can get involved.
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