Roller Derby is an all female full contact sport that relies upon teamwork and athletic ability. It is currently one of Britain's fastest growing grassroots sports and is gaining media attention thanks to films such as 'Whip It', 'Hell on Wheels' and 'Derby Baby'. Because we realise that not all of us can have an Ellen Page 'Whip It' style montage, Glasgow Roller Derby offer an Introduction to Roller Derby Skating course.
Glasgow Roller Recruits
GRD is a self-governed, non-profit, amateur sports organisation, founded in 2007, dedicated to playing and promoting women’s flat track roller derby. GRD offer a learn to skate course for those who are 18 years and over and are interested in joining the league as a player or as an official.
The aim of the course is to teach roller derby basic skating skills to a safe enough standard to enable the skater to join the club's advanced roller derby training sessions or to join as a skating official.
Skaters passing through the course are known as the Glasgow Roller Recruits (GRR).
The course consists of a Sunday sessions every week teaching skills such as stance, stride, falls and technique. The course is also designed to build fitness and endurance. Once a skater proves competent with the basic skating skills they are then invited to attend the Tuesday night GRR sessions where hits and whips, working in pack and walls will then be taught. Skaters can also attend the Sunday session still to improve on the basics.
Every three months skaters attending the Tuesday sessions will be assessed both on skating and a roller derby rules test. A pass will allow the skater to move up to the main league roller derby training sessions. Those that do not pass the test will remain on the Tuesday night session and retake the skating and rules test at the next 3 month interval..