Fast, physical and incredibly skilful, roller derby is the ultimate empowerment sport. To learn more about it Culture Trip spent time with the London Rollergirls, an all-female, skater-owned-and-run roller-derby league based in London, England.
Formed in April 2006, they were the first roller derby league established in the United Kingdom and continue to spearhead the introduction of the sport in the UK and Europe, leading to the team becoming the first European member of the international governing body of the sport, the Womens Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
Within the London Rollergirls, there are three travel teams; London Brawling (A team), Brawl Saints (B team) and Batter C Power (C team). London Brawling are the first team outside of the USA to play their way to the end-of-season championship tournament, with Brawl Saints a dominant force in the UK and Europe, and Batter C Power climbing the domestic rankings table.
As an amateur sports league, its running depends completely on volunteers and the skaters themselves – all pitching in to help with the day-to-day running of the league. On top of this, non-members are encouraged to get involved and help in any way that they can, whether that be through coaching, or working as photographers or announcers, come match day.
It is a sport that has its core values in encouragement, inclusivity and collaboration, amid lightening speed and frightening collisions.
MEET THE LONDON ROLLERGIRLS:
LONDON ROLLERGIRLS NEXT EVENT:
Fixtures: Brawl Saints vs Scotland; Batter C Power vs Amsterdam Roller Derby
Location: Tottenham Green Leisure Centre
Date: Saturday May 6th 2017. Doors 16:00, first whistle at 17:00
To find out more or purchase tickets head here.