Through running Mega Roller Disco events, I discovered the wonderful world of Roller Derby. Severn Roller Torrent are my local Gloucestershire team, who marshal the Mega Roller Disco events, helping keep the event safe and fun for all to enjoy. The Severn Roller Torrent ladies are super lovely and always keen to explain all things Roller Derby if you are interested. We've also worked with the wonderful Basingstoke Bullets Roller Derby team, for Mega Roller Disco events in Winchester. The whole Roller Derby world seem to be very lovely and willing to help.
The game in action
I'm going to enlist the help of jolly old Wikipedia to briefly explain Roller Derby: "Roller Derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups ("jams") in which both teams designate a scoring player (the "jammer") who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer whilst hindering the opposing jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously".
The video below also explains a bit more about Roller Derby, including how it all started back in the 1920s...
Roller Derby is an exciting and fast paced sport. I went to my first game with very little knowledge of the rules and very quickly got into it, literally sitting on the edge of my seat, cheering on Severn Roller Torrent! There are Roller Derby leagues all over the UK and I'd absolutely recommend you find out about your local team and go along and support them.
All players from both teams shake hands at the end of the match
and then do a lap of honour, high fiving as many people as possible as they pass!