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What it is like to be a Surrey Roller Girl

Published 11th Mar 2012

Being a Surrey Roller Girl is quite an exhilarating experience. Roller derby is fast-paced and somewhat violent, which means it is great fun to watch and get involved with. It has supporters who, like the players, all come from a range of alternative backgrounds, making derby a great place to meet new and interesting people. As Surrey Roller Girls was only founded at the end of last year, and as most of us are beginners, there is a lot of hard training to do before we can enter bouts as a team and invite you all to watch. But already we can feel the support of neighbouring derby leagues, some lending us kit and coming to visit to help coach us.

For those of you who have never heard of roller derby: it is a game played on roller skates with three roles: ‘jammers’, ‘pivots’ and ‘blockers’. The ‘blockers’ aim to block the ‘jammers’ who score points for over-taking the opposing teams ‘blockers’, while the ‘pivot’ controls the pack of ‘blockers’. However, early training has so far involved only involved learning the basics: falls, stops and how to skate as a team. It is great to be part of a sport that is so unique and quite feminist, as it is predominantly females who play.

For more information, if you want to be a Surrey Roller Girl or if you are not female and you are interested in becoming a referee, email info@surreyrollergirls.com

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