So you want to skate with Sheffield Steel Rollergirls?
We’d love to have you! If you are a self-identifying woman over the age of 18, come check us out. We recruit new intakes three times a year, so you’ll join at the same time as other new skaters and learn together. We welcome all new potential skaters, regardless of background, fitness ability or experience – just bring your best game face!
Skating ability and fitness
We can train anyone who is over 18 and has a basic skating ability, which we define roughly as ‘can stay upright on quad skates, and skate forwards’. If you haven’t skated in a while, Skate Central is a great place to get your skating legs again. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to teach beginner’s skating.
Worried that you aren’t fit enough/athletic enough/strong enough? The beauty of roller derby is that there is a role for every body shape, including yours! We have skaters from a variety of fitness backgrounds – rugby players, ballerinas, the completely sport-averse – and they can all kick some serious butt. Skating for 90 minutes twice a week is one hell of a workout, so even if you haven’t so much as looked at a sports bra in years, you’ll be surprised how quickly your body will adapt.
When is training?
All members train twice a week. For pre-minimum skills skaters, sessions are usually:
- Wednesdays, 7.15-8.45pm (Ponds Forge Leisure Centre)
- Sundays, 1.15pm – 3.45pm (Skate Central)
What kit do I need?
Everyone needs all of the following:
- Quad skates
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Mouth guard
We are affiliated with the Manchester Skate Shop*, which can serve all of your roller derby needs. You can also check out UK Roller Derby Recyclables for second hand kit – but be quick, the listings sell fast.
If you sign up to one of our recruitment events, you can also reserve some loan kit. Supplies are limited as they are all donations from our skaters, so it’s first come, first served. And you will definitely need to buy your own mouth guard…
How much does it cost?
Your first session is free; after that it’s £5 per session. Once you’re happy you want to stay and play with us, the cost is £35 a month, payable by standing order (reduced dues are available, just ask a member of the team). You will also sign a code of conduct to become an official member of the team.
So how do I sign up?
*All purchases made through our affiliates link earn Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 5% of the proceeds, at no extra cost to you.