We did another win meaning we are the British Champs Tier 4 West champions! Well done to everyone who’s played a part in our unbeaten campaign, and to all our fellow competitors, not least Cheshire Hellcats who pushed us hard today 🙂
We’re super proud to have been a part of the super talented Lydia Wood‘s short film ‘Derby Diaries’. Hope you like it! <3
Today’s #orangewednesday crush is the amazing Miss. Battle!! .
Along with being a major part of our A team, Abi is a phenomenal coach, giving her all to get every one of our skaters to their very best, always believing in them, even when (especially when!) they can’t quite believe in themselves!
Along with all this, she also works incredibly hard to make sure all of our games go to plan. You only need look to our Intraleague game, last weekend, to see loads of her hard work.
We ❤️ you, Miss. Battle! Thank you for all your hard work!
They did it! For the second year running Artic Rollers retain the Sweetabix cup.
Block Forest – 113
Artic Rollers -133.
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to support us, and to our amazing referees and NSOs. Today couldn’t have happened without you all.
Happy Friday everyone!! We have THREE amazing reasons why you should join us for our intraleague game and after-party tomorrow! We’ve been waiting to share some of these things with you for soooooo long!!!
#AMAZING REASON ONE:
We’re very very proud to announce we’ll be stocking merchandise from… SWEET 80! The brand new clothing brand is completely derby inspired, and is dedicated to Clare ‘Sweetabix’ Laurence. The merchandise is fun, super comfy and perfect for skating, scrimming and looking fabulous!! We teased you with a photo this a few days ago, but now you can see a full photo of Slammington Bear and Hatey Perry in their Sweet 80 clothing! If you want to look at the range, head to www.sweet80.com
#AMAZING REASON TWO:
We can usually get our hands on some amazing raffle prizes, but we’ve really done ourselves proud this time! Make a beeline for our raffle queen Izzy, who’ll be holding the tickets to some very great prizes!! Here’s just some of them, and a big thank you to everyone that has helped us out!
Original artwork by RB illustrations
Exclusive Partylite products
A tattoo voucher from Vintage Ink in Birstall
A Stella and Dot bracelet
Pamper party vouchers
Charnwood Brewery vouchers
And lastly, #AMAZING REASON THREE
We’ll be holding our after party at The Black Horse in Aylestone from 8:30. We’re super excited, because none other than ‘.308’ are playing!! But before that, we will be able to finally show you one of the secrets we’ve been keeping for months! Local filmmaker and DMU graduate, Lydia Wood used OUR LEAGUE as the subject for her latest project, ‘Derby Diaries’, which gives a great insight our amazing sport and the beautiful characters that call RDL home! We’ll be SCREENING this film, so come along and watch with us!!!
We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow, and remember its all for a great cause! The Brain Tumor Charity does some great work and its so important that this continues.
See our event listing for more details and venue directions!!
Looks like Super Eagle, Dis-Missile and Vile De Ville are having a good Saturday! They’re busy supporting England Roller Derby‘s ‘Northern Hemisfear’ event in Nottingham!! Proud of you ladies!!!
It’s #orangewednesday! And that means we have allll the love for our HNSO and League Liaison, Dis-Missile!!
Dis-Missile (aka Tracy Jane Watson for you civilians) is a force to be reckoned with in the officials world, and we bet there’s not a league in the U.K. that hasn’t heard of her! She puts all her heart and soul into roller derby and spends nearly every weekend travelling up and down the country to attend games!
Just a few months ago Dis-Missile was part of a select team of officials that travelled to Denmark for a tournament and just a few days ago she was selected as part of the NSO team for the ROLLER DERBY WORLD CUP!! We’re so lucky to have you!
DON’T FORGET!! We’re holding our annual INTRALEAGUE MATCH on Aug 12th at Fullhurst College!! This is a great chance to come and see some exciting roller derby, and its all for a very good cause!! <3
We’re super proud to announce that KYLO REN (Renette de Villiers) has been crowned June’s ‘Star Jackal’ by our coaching team!
Ren has fitted in seamlessly into our advanced sessions after her transfer from Haunted City Rollers, and we’ve seen her confidence grow and grow! Ren always gives 100% on track, whether its an internal scrim, midweek drills or an open match, and its great to see her getting stuck in!
Keep up the good work! <3
Our skaters were locked out of their practice venue this morning so decided to go for a productive team building breakfast instead!
Vegas is the glue that holds our league together, and works tirelessly off track as our Chair. She has a lot of love for RDL and that’s why we love her so much!
On track, Vegas is a key player in our formidable blocking wall, and her pack strategy is second to none. She’s a huge asset to our newer players, and is always free to help them get through tricky drills and tactics. Thank you so much for all your hard work! Don’t go changing lady! ?
Another busy day for our RDL skaters! We had a boat load of ’em at ‘The Final Exorcism of Haunted City‘, in Nottingham.
Four of our ladies (Cleggoblocks, Bexual Misconduct, Smaller Mauler and StingRay) played in the Team Jinkies vs. Team Zoinks cherry Popper match. You were awesome ladies!
Afterwards, we had even more RDL girls in the headliner match, which saw Haunted City Rollers face off against Team Ghostbusters! Well done to Vile, Webbo, and our amazing newly transferred skaters Kylo Ren, Stormageddon, Stomps and Sophie Ranx!
Plus, we even had an RDL ref in the form of Super Eagle and an RDL NSO’s in the form of Brody Snarl and Beastie!
Special mention goes to Vegas and Abi who drove over to cheer them on!
Safety first sportsfans! Here’s our A-Team LUM Hatey Perry with Pushy Galore, Boney M and Cleggo Blocks on their first aid course earlier today! #everydayisalearningday
Nothing like a midweek scrim to blast away the Wednesday blues! Thank you so much to Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls for coming to keep us company- and for a great game! And as usual, thank you to our lovely NSO’s and Refs for keeping us all in check!
Special shout out goes to Abi and Becks for bench and LUM duties!
We’ve been working on a very exciting project with a very talented friend! We can’t wait to tell you all about it, but until then, here’s a little teaser! <3
**VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH**
The votes are in! Our league has voted Boney M (Marissa Carey) as May’s ‘Volunteer of the Month’, for giving up her time and looking after Cyanide with Rosie when she broke her arm after the last champs game. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Out and about in your RDL merch? Tag us in your photos on Facebook and Instragram and spread the RDL love! Here’s our Iona De Track in her t-shirt at the TOKYO Dome Roller Arena!
Come and join the pack!! On the 2nd July, we’ll be holding our summer intake session at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre. It’s your chance to come and see what Roller Derby is all about, meet our players and come try it for yourself! And you know the best part? Your first session is free!!
We hope to see you there, and if you have any questions, just drop us a message!! <3
We’ve got a photoshoot going on at practice today! But what is Miss Battle modelling? We’ll tell you soon… ?
**STAR JACKAL AWARD***
This month’s Star Jackal award goes to Sarah Allan! The coaching team are really impressed with her dedication and constant enthusiasm she brings to every training session. She’s a pleasure to coach and she understands that nothing comes easy in derby so she really works for it! We love you Sarah!! Congratulations! ??
FINAL SCORE: NCVR 37, RDL 276
(This month: a “”HUGE RDL WELCOME! <3 “”)
Every month we grab one of our newbie skaters and ask them about their time at RDL so far. This month we decided to do something a little different! We collared Beth Stormageddon Pitt, our shiny new transfer from Haunted City, and asked her a few ‘getting to know you’ quick-fire questions!
Derby Name and Number?
How long have you been skating for?
“4 and a half years”
Favourite Position on track?
“I’d love to be a jammer but I get tired quick, so probably pivot! 🙂”
Most memorable derby experience so far?
“My first cherry popper saw me leaving in an ambulance,but for me this is a good memory because during the ambulance ride I asked out my current partner while high on pain meds!”
If you could speak to yourself when you were a newbie, what advice would you give?
“You are only as strong as you make yourself, nobody owes you that dedication to turn you into a bad ass, only you can do that.”
What do you get up to when you’re not playing roller derby?
“I’m a big crafter with my own knitting business, I also love board games and DND.”
Welcome to RDL Stormageddon! <3 <3
Tonight we were put through our paces by National Head Coach and Coach of Empress Artistic Roller Skating Club, Laura Pole! We can’t wait to show you all our shiny new footwork skills! Thanks for the great session Laura!
p.s Jade Pole– we think your mum is awesome!!
Don’t forget! It’s our May Intake Session this Sunday! We’ll be at the Queen Elizabeth II Leisure Centre from 9:30! Come and try a life on wheels ❤(psst- it’s pretty good!)
Big thanks to Lincolnshire Bombers for hosting us for a thrilling B-team scrim. We were narrowly pipped but there were great performances all round, and everyone had a total blast!
This Month’s fresh perspective comes from the lovely Caylee Gutsell!
How did you hear about RDL?
“I initially heard about RDL on Facebook a few years ago however I was quite busy with uni at the time but it popped up again recently and I thought it was perfect timing.”
How long have you been skating?
“I first skated in my Drama A level performance 7 years ago but I don’t think that counts as skating more like stumbling with wheels attached to me! So just a few short months since joining RDL in January.”
What positive changes has Roller Derby brought into your life?
“Roller Derby has brought so many positive changes to my life! Firstly it’s given me the chance to try something new without any pressure. Since finishing uni I’ve wanted to do more in my spare time, now I have some, in particular something physical and I’ve genuinely found myself being a lot happier. I’ve also been able to make new like minded friends and do something just for me. It’s the perfect balance of fitness and fun for me.”
What are your favourite things about RDL?
“My favourite thing about RDL is the atmosphere as it’s so positive and friendly. I also love that RDL understands everyone learns in different ways and swapping the coaches around enables us to learn skills from different coaches teaching in different ways until it just clicks.”
What are your future goals, both short term and long term?
“My short term future goals are to buy my full kit so I can start going to more training sessions and learn more exciting stuff! Long term I would love to continue to learn and eventually be able to play a game and invite my friends and family to watch me. I’d also love to make some long lasting RDL friendships.”
Thank Caylee! ❤❤
**Star Jackal Award**
Our coaching team have decided to crown Becky Handley the ‘Star Jackal’ for March! Becky has quickly become part of the RDL family and gives 100% both on and off track. She is making huge strides with her skills by joining our midweek sessions on Thursdays, and she’s played a big role in supporting RDL and other local leagues as an NSO. We’re proud to have you on board Becky!
(p.s we love this photo- just look at her cheeky smile! <3)
**Volunteer of the Month**
The league hath spoken, and have chosen Head of Coaching Abi Harris as their ‘Volunteer Of The Month’ for March! As well as being a key member of our A-Team, AND managing a busy session schedule, Abi has been organising the league’s shiny new scrim uniforms to help us look awesome on track! Thanks for being amazing Abi! <3
Massive congratulations to StingRay and Smaller Mauler for completing their minimum skills last night!
JFL and Tank were taking no prisoners at training tonight!
We did a win! 177-123. Thanks for a great game Riverside Rebels, and to Cheshire Hellcats and Arcadia for also putting on a great spectacle today!
Skater Awards from today’s game:
Best Jammer: Not Sorry Laurie
Best Blocker: Caz Vegas
MVP: Zippy Kye Ay
Survivor: Storm Chaser
Our new scrim tops have arrived! Our skaters are going to look awesome!!
Hold on to your helmets! We have a corking weekend of Roller Derby coming up! We’re hosting a Brit Champs DOUBLE HEADER tomorrow with Cheshire Hellcats, Riverside Rebels and Arcadia Roller Derby, and on Sunday we’ll be holding our April new skater intake session!!
Both events will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre on Duns Lane. See our event listings for more details!
???Let’s go!!! ???
It’s time for another ‘Fresh Perspective’! And this month we’ve been chatting to the lovely Becky Handley! Becky’s been super busy at the moment- becoming an RDL member and getting to grips with midweek sessions, as well as trying her hand at being an NSO!
Let’s see what she had to say…
1. How did you hear about Roller Derby/RDL?
-The first time I heard about roller derby was through the film ‘Whip It’. I just thought it looked amazing and I started looking almost immediately at where I could go to give it a try, but unfortunately I’m from a very small town and I couldn’t get to any of the training sessions that were near me at the time. I then had one of my best friends start training with the Hallam Hellcats in Sheffield and she absolutely loved it so that sealed it for me that when given the opportunity to try roller derby for myself I would.
My chance to have a go came with moving to Leicester for uni and seeing people on roller skates at events with derby t-shirts which made me think that there had to be a Derby team around and a quick look on google I found RDL! It took me a while to be brave enough to actually come to a session but I managed it in the end!
2. How long have you been skating?
-I started on January 8th 2017 so I am coming up on my 10th week at RDL.
3. What positive changes has roller derby brought in to your life?
-Where do I start?!? Firstly the amazing people I have met. I’m someone who struggles with meeting people and making friends but I’ve felt so accepted and supported right from the start at RDL. I’ve never felt like an outsider and that’s just been amazing for a quiet, little weirdo like me!
Then, there’s the fact that since starting I’ve just been happier and even if I’m stressed with uni, roller derby has given me something to look forward too and keep me going. I have really struggled with my mental health in the past and I can safely say that roller derby has really helped me to keep conquering that battle in 2017. Starting to do roller derby is one of the best decisions I ever made.
4. What are your favourite things about RDL?
-Everyone at RDL! Whether they’re a skater, an NSO, a ref or all of the above, there is not one person who isn’t 100% ready to be there for a newbie with advice, guidance and support! You feel a part of RDL right from the start and that is completely to do with the amazing environment that has been created by the people within it. Finding RDL has made Leicester feel like a place I can call home.
5. What are your future goals, both short term and long term?
-My future goals are to get mins passed, manage an apex jump (at least once!), and hopefully become a part of the RDL team (one day!) and to just make everyone at RDL proud.
I also want to carry on learning more about the non-skating roles as these have been an amazing experience which have helped me learn more about the rules but also feel a part of the roller derby world really early on in my derby life.
Long term would be to become as amazingly awesome as Bonnie Thunders but that one may be considered more a dream than a goal! It would require a miracle I think! ?
Outside of RDL, my goals are to pass my first year of university and to just keep feeling happier and more confident. With roller derby’s help, I think I will manage it!
Thanks to Barnsley Black Heart Rollers for a great day of scrimmy goodness!! <3 <3
Double Whammy! Congratulations to Caroline Worsell and Rachel Hurst (aka. Caz Vegas and StingRay) for both being voted February’s ‘Volunteer of the Month’. The ladies put a huge amount of work into making sure that our Officials bootcamp ran smoothly, running around making sure we had everything we needed and the event was promoted thoroughly. Vegas even took time out of her own schedule to provide first aid support on the day. Well done ladies! Teamwork makes the dream work!
We’re beyond excited to see that our Not Sorry Laurie has made Team Scotland’s final 20 squad!! We’re so proud of you Karen Laurie!
How did you hear about RDL?
“I heard about roller derby through my friend Gemma. She invited me to come with her to a newbies session at the start of January.”
How long have you been skating for?
“I’ve been skating now roughly 6-7 weeks and I’ve finally passed level 1!
What positive changes has Roller Derby bright into your life?
“Being part of roller derby has definitely helped me to be more confident as well as improve my fitness! When I go to training it’s like I dont have a care in the world and I’ve definitely come out of my shell a lot more since joining!
One of my absolute favourite things about RDL is the team, the people. Everybody is so friendly, welcoming and helpful! The moment I started I felt like I fit right in. Nobody judges, everybody helps each other and after each session I’m always smiling and laughing!
What are your future goals, both long term and short term?
“My future goals with RDL is to get mins passed and maybe one today potentially play on the team! Outside of RDL I’m working hard to complete my 2nd year at University and securing a future for me and my little one. A final long term goal is to finally drop all the baby weight and physically fit, roller derby definitely helps with that one!”
Drum roll please!!
This month’s ‘Star Jackal’ award goes to… SMALLER MAULER!
The coaches were really impressed with Michelle’s steady progress as she draws ever closer to passing her Minimum Skills. She’s always looking for ways to improve and is never too shy to join in any drills!
This Friday, RDL hosted a screening of the amazing film ‘Gaea Girls’ as part of the national lead up to the RAI Film Festival. If you haven’t heard of the film, its a very unique look into the world of Japanese Women’s Wrestling.
Gaea Girls focuses on the hopes and fears of the beleaguered Gaea Japan squad, whose reputation hangs by a thread after a series of setbacks in the ring. There is the spindly 16-year old who spent three years persuading her parents to let her join, the new recruit who ran away but has returned begging for a second chance, and the rookie desperate to make her debut in the ring. At the centre of the film is the tough but popular trainer who – with her own very particular philosophy and personal history – rules the girls, trying to fashion them in her own image.
Our screening had a full house, and everyone really enjoyed the film! If you do any kind of competitive sport, you MUST see this film. The mental and physical power of the girls is inspirational.
We love it when a skater earns their stripes! On the 28th January, our fabulous Vile De Ville made her debut as a referee at a TEAM ENGLAND training session. Congratulations Vile! You’ve done yourself and RDL proud!
Here’s what’s coming up over the next month!
5th Feb: Officials Bootcamp and Co-Ed Scrim @ Moat Community College
11th Feb: RDL vs. Arcadia Roller Derby (Away game hosted by Cheshire Hellcats)
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This month, the coaching team were really impressed with Hannah’s amazing commitment and determination, both on and off the track. Hannah has been an amazing help with January’s kit audit, and is also showing great promise in our training sessions!
We’re massive fans of a midweek scrim here at RDL! Last night, we were joined by Mansfield Roller Derby for a friendly here in Leicester. Both teams played a great game, and we wish Mansfield the very best of luck in their first Champs game this weekend!
We had a great time playing against Suffolk Roller Derby yesterday! It was a close and exciting game but Suffolk clinched the all important points in the last jam to win 189-187! Congratulations to SRD!
Congratulations also goes to our three skaters who received awards:
Vile DeVille: Best Blocker
Not Sorry Laurie: Best Jammer
Zippy Kye Ay: MVP
1. How did you hear about roller derby / RDL?
I heard about RDL from Leigh’ve Ya Behind, and came to see what roller derby is all about!
2. How long have you been skating?
Since September… it’s gone really fast!
3. What positive changes has roller derby brought into your life?
It’s an outlet for the pent up rage that you accumulate during the week 🙂
4. What’s your favourite things about RDL?
Everyone has been so nice and welcoming. There’s always someone willing to help and to give advice.
5. What are your future goals, both short term and long term?
At the moment, i just want to pass grade 3!
Our December ”Star Jackal’ award goes to Lea Del Rosso!
The coaches were really impressed by Lea’s fast progress over the last few weeks. She always turns up to practice with great enthusiasm and attitude and is already showing great leadership skills in level 2 sessions.
Plus, we love it when she swears in French !
Well done- and keep up the good work!
It wasn’t just our A-Team getting some Derby action this month- Here’s Cleggo Blocks, Hell Oh Kitty, Jamberlina and Mighty Maus at a Christmas Cherry Popper hosted by Lincolnshire Bombers! Last weekend, they helped their Team Grinch to secure a win and picked up two awards in the process- Big congratulations to Jamberlina (Best Blocker) and Hell Oh Kitty (Best Jammer).
With a December win already under their belt, our A-Team were ready for battle when they faced Manchester Roller Derby’s Furies last weekend. They were the dominant team right from the start, racking up points with an amazing final score of 289-85.
Congratulations to JFL (Best Blocker), Not Sorry Laurie (Best Jammer), Zippy Kye Ay (MVP) and CanTankerous (Best Take-Out).
Yesterday, our team faced Bath Spartans here on home turf and came away with a fantastic win, overturning a 49 point deficit at half time and cruising into the lead with a final score of 177.
Big congratulations to Vile De Ville (Best Blocker), Not Sorry Laurie (Best Jammer) and Zippy Kye Ay (MVP).
Take it away Ruth Northey! <3
“I heard about roller derby through a Facebook post on a local community page recommending going to see an upcoming game, especially if you have girls because of the strong female role models in the sport! So I went along to watch with my daughters!
A couple of months later I met an RDL skater and they encouraged me to come along and try a session. I’ve never looked back since!
I’ve been skating for 2 1/2 months and am getting close to achieving all my grade 2 skills.
Roller derby has made a huge difference to my life. I’ve been a single parent for 7 years and roller derby has given me something to do for myself which is so important when you spend most of your time caring for kids or working. I’ve also struggled to find exercise which I enjoy and roller derby definitely gives me a good workout twice a week.
My favourite thing about roller derby is the support you get – it’s great to have that encouragement and feel like people really want you to be a part of the team.
In the short term id like to progress onto grade 3 and spend some time working on those skills. In the long term I’d love to be part of a team and share amazing roller derby experiences!”
We’ll be watching your progress Ruth! Well done!
This month our coaches have decided to crown Alison Clegg (aka Cleggo Blocks) the Star Jackal for November!!
Ali has shown great determination working on her skills and fitness and the coaches have been impressed by her growing confidence and leadership on track.
She has also become a great mentor for our rookies and newbies, offering support and tips wherever she can!
Well deserved and well done!!
Saturday 15th saw our A-Team travel to Cambridge for a bout against the Punt Blockers. RDL’s match followed the game between home team Romsey Town Rollerbillies and Glasgow’s finest, The Whippin Hinnies- and boy, it was worth waiting for.
As the first game got under way, the Rollerbillies took the lead with stunning jams from Electro-cute and Diana Sprints. The Hinnies managed to keep the point scoring down to a minimum for the most of the first half, with great defence from Khal JoJo, Method Mam and Dislokate. But as the clock counted down, the Billies began to turn on the tactics, creating chances with powerjams and a very full penalty box. Their hard work paid off, with the Roller billies leading 131-59 as the whistles blew.
As the skaters took the track again for the second half, there seemed to be a energy surge on the Hinnies bench, as their jammers began to do everything they could to try and regain some ground. Stunning work from Joanna Bruisin’ and Bee pulled in some serious points and the score stood at 179-114 to the Billies with ten minutes to go. It wasn’t enough to slow down the home team though, who ended on a 220-146 lead at the final whistle.
RDL were looking to secure a strong win against the Punt Rockers, lead by newly appointed LUM Hatey Perrey. The game got off to a fast start, with slick and effective jams executed in style by Zippy Kye Ay and Not Sorry Laurie. With a 40-27 lead in the first ten minutes, RDL were looking good, with eye-watering blocks from Cas Vegas, CanTankerous and Vile DeVille. It wasn’t going to be an easy first half though, with the Punt Rockers fighting back to within 7 points of RDL and the scores standing at 90-83.
As the second half got underway, RDL pushed into offensive mode, with jammers Sharpe and Bailey battling through the pack to pick up points and increase their lead to 149-85. Punt Rockers capitalised on two very tense powerjams, with teamwork from Smacktivist and Jean Luc Hit Hard keeping RDL blockers at bay and pulling the score back to 168-114. With 10 minutes to go, RDL began to pull away from their opposition, picking up a huge 76 points and ending the game on 244-141.
Best Jammer: Not Sorry Laurie
Best Blocker: Vile DeVille
MVP: Zippy Kye Ay
Keep posted for more news of upcoming games and fixtures!
Congratulations to our Star Jackal of the Month for September, Rachel Hurst, seen here in the middle as part of the great support that cheered RDL on to victory at the weekend.
The award is voted on by the Coaching team, who were all in agreement that Rachel has continued to show a fantastic ‘never say die’ attitude, whilst really inspiring the skaters around her too. Huge well done Rachel!
It’s that time again! Huge congratulations to Tracy Jane Watson (AKA Dis-Missile) for being voted the newest ‘Volunteer of the Month’ by our members.
Tracey has impressed everyone by jumping into her role as ‘League Liaison’ with amazing ease and she represents RDL on an weekly basis by officiating and taking on NSO roles at games all over the country. We’re so proud of you!