Roller Derby - Learn to Skate - from 12th September 2023
20 Academy Park, Edinburgh EH6 8JQ, UK
Be a part of the best sport EVER!
During the programme you will learn how to skate and play roller derby in a friendly and inclusive environment. You will learn about the fundamentals of skating, how roller derby is played, who is involved, game parameters and safety, and how to feel comfortable on skates and confident with physical proximity to others.
Learn to Skate Programme
Each block consists of a weekly two-hour on-skates session with our experienced coaches. Plus additional off-skates learning to guide you through your roller derby orientation, the rules of the game, and the basics of officiating so you can choose your pathway into the sport.
We accept anyone from absolute beginners, to those who have skated a lot before - you just have to be over the age of 18.
You can book both blocks or one block depending on your skating level.
Block 1 - Foundations
Six weeks from Tuesday 12th September to Tuesday 17th October 2023.
You will learn how to skate, stop, change direction and get comfortable on skates.
Foundations is open to everyone, including those who have never skated before.
Block 2 - Progression
Six weeks from Tuesday 24th October to Tuesday 21st November, and on Sunday 3rd December 2023 (for a practice scrim).
You will learn basic roller derby moves and skills, including an introduction to the full-contact elements of the sport, in a safe and controlled environment.
Progression is suitable for people who have skated before (or have completed Block 1 of the programme), and can skate, change direction and comfortably stop.
In line with the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association Gender Policy, all those who identify as women, trans women, intersex women and/or gender-expansive may train and compete as skaters of Auld Reekie Roller Derby if women's flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.
All genders may train as skating and non-skating officials, and join as non-skating members in other capacities.
All sessions will be held at Leith Academy, unless Leith Academy is closed for holidays, exams or refurbishment.
Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations and refunds can only be accepted up to 1 week prior to the event start date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to know how to skate?
Not at all! Our experienced coaches will show you the basics and keep you safe.
If you already feel comfortable and stable skating, stopping and changing direction you might want to skip to Block 2 'Progressions'.
Do I need my own skates and safety equipment?
If you have your own kit (skates plus protective gear), that's perfect. If not, let us know when you sign up and we will see if we can find the right sizes to loan you kit. We can't guarantee enough kit for everyone, but we will try our best.
The only safety equipment you'll need to supply yourself is a mouthguard – these are necessary and must be fitted to your teeth before the first session.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable that you can move in. Most of our skaters practice in a t-shirt or vest top and leggings or shorts. Remember, you will wear knee pads and elbow pads on top, so avoid thick or bulky clothing.
What else should I bring?
Water, spare socks, and a mouthguard pre-moulded to fit your teeth. Sisu brand mouthguards are favoured by most derby skaters but not the cheapest, so any mouthguard will do to start.
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