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What is New Skater Training?

New Skater Training is a comprehensive 14-week programme to get new skaters scrim-ready, safe and onto a team.

Monday training sessions are completely beginner-friendly – we have full kit and skates available to borrow, and you don’t need to have even tried on a pair of skates before. Intermediate or advanced skaters looking to join the league are also very welcome – we can fast track you to main league training if appropriate once we’ve seen you at a few Monday sessions.

You’ll need to book in advance to attend here:

If you’re below 18, message us to find out about our Sunday afternoon Juniors’ sessions.

If you are intending to come please read the Welcome doc and sign-up sheet which can be found in our New Skater’s Facebook Group, in the files section (please email if you don’t have access to Facebook).

When? Where?

BRD’s New Skater Training runs every Monday 7-9pm

Merchants Academy Sports Centre
Molesworth Dr
BS13 9BJ

How much does it cost?

The session costs £5. If you already pay monthly league subs, you don’t need to pay for a ticket (email for more information about paying monthly).

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

If you have never skated before or are still mastering the basics of 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 skate you will need to read through and sign a disclaimer acknowledging that you accept the risk that you might damage yourself 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 derby through coached drills as well as fun “skill share” sessions with other skaters.

I’ve skated roller derby before and want to attend

Great! Speak to the session leader or helpers and join in with what you feel comfortable with.

Is roller derby just for girls?

New skater training is for anyone who wants to skate roller derby. The only requirement is that you are over 18 years old.