Community Roller Derby

What you need to know for your first roller derby sesh

 Getting started

What do I need to play roller derby?

To get started in roller derby, you’ll need quad skates (with toe stops!). We also have a minimum standard for protection: elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads, helmet, and a mouth guard. For our Learn to Roller Derby Programme, you can hire the kit and equipment you need.

What should I wear?

You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in! We recommend sport clothing, flexible without being too loose. Try and avoid joggers or bulky bottoms (you want the knee pads to sit right).

How old do I have to be to play roller derby?

Most of our standard courses are appropriate for ages 16+.
We also work in partnership with schools and run sessions and programmes for ages 7 - 18. If you are interested in having ALL IN work with your school or youth group, please get in touch!

Am I too old for roller derby?

Never. Many people start and play roller derby well into their 60s. There’s even a Roller Derby Over 40 Facebook Group.
At any age, if you have any chronic pain, back problems, or ongoing medical issues, just double check with your doctor that doing a contact sport is ok.

First off you’ll be introduced to the coach and double checked for kit. If you’re hiring kit, we’ll work with you to pick the best fit and show you how to put it on (don’t laugh, sometimes it can be confusing!).

Then we’ll do an off-skates warm up. It’s really important as a new skater that you start by warming up your muscles. As soon as you put skates on, everything is using muscles in a different way and you want them to be ready!

You’ll be shown how to stand up and move and stop on skates. Once you’re comfortable with that, we’ll cover different skate skills, all which are important for playing roller derby.

We’ll sit and de-kit together and chat about roller derby — this is a chance to ask questions and understand more about the sport.

Still have questions? Just ask!