Drop-in Derby

So what is “Drop-in Derby”?

Our “Drop-in Derby” sessions are run for anyone wanting to learn to roller skate and get into roller derby. No prior skating skills required, the only requirement is that you are over 18 years old.

If you are aged 11-17 years old the we run Juniors sessions as well!

When? Where?

Bristol Roller Derby’s Drop-in runs every Monday 7-9pm  (18+)
Sunday 3-4pm Juniors (11-17)

Merchants Academy Sports Centre
Molesworth Dr
BS13 9BJ

Updates can be found on our Facebook page.

For Under 18’s Visit this Facebook Page.

How much does it cost?

The session costs £5 for 2 hours of coaching and equipment if you don’t have your own, bargain!

What kit do I need?

We have kit available to use during our sessions. The kit is given out on a first come first served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

I’ve never roller skated before, what should I expect?

If you have never skated before or are still mastering the basics of roller skating, stopping and turning – don’t worry! – our session helpers are there purely to make sure that you have help in feeling secure on your skates.

Before you are able to roller skate you will need to read through and sign a disclaimer acknowledging that you accept the risk when you strap wheels to your feet! Once you have given us your details and signed the form you’ll be able to take part in the sessions. We’ll teach you the basics of roller skating from how to fall safely through to skating stance and stops. Once you’ve mastered those you can start taking part in roller derby drills as the full-contact fun can begin!

I’ve played roller derby before and want to attend

Great! Come along to session and have a chat with the coach when you get there. They can talk you through joining the league and clear your skating skills for main league coached sessions.

Is roller derby just for women? I’m a guy and want to skate!

Roller derby is for everyone! Bristol Roller Derby has been and open to all league since day one, we train together and compete together. Everyone is welcome.

What’s the relationship between Drop-in Derby and Bristol Roller Derby?

Drop-in Derby sessions is where we teach future Bristol Roller Derby skaters. Anyone interested in learning to play roller derby starts off at the Drop-in Derby sessions.

If you would rather referee roller derby, then still come to skate and you can chat to some of Team Zebra while you’re there!

So does this mean I can go straight into a roller derby team?

When you are stable and safe you can check off your minimum skills, think of it like a driving license but for roller derby skaters. Once you have completed all of these then you will be eligible to join one of our teams. This usually takes 6-12 months.

I don’t want to playroller derby competitively, I just want to skate for fun!

Well then you’ve found the perfect place! Drop-in Derby is a place where everyone can skate, share and work on skills and generally just have a laugh.