Hertfordshire Roller Derby will be welcoming new skaters in January 2022.
Hertfordshire Roller Derby will be welcoming new skaters in January 2022.
For those waiting to see a live bout happening on home soil this year the time has come to buy tickets! We’re pleased to announce that you can now secure yourself some prime seating by clicking here.
Our special prices last until the 6th of February and the home game is on Sunday 3rd March 2019. 11 AM – 4 PM!
Earlybird Tickets are £8 for adults and young people aged 13+
Under 12s go free but still need to register for a free ticket.
This will get you entry and an unreserved seat to the Game.
(After February 6th Tickets will be £10 in advance and £12 on the door)
You can also buy VIP tickets.
VIP tickets reserve you (and up to two children) the best seats in the house and you get a slice of cake too!
Earlybird VIP tickets are £12:00, after 6th February they will be £15:00.
The price is the same for bringing children as under 12s go free but this is a great way to make sure that you have reserved seats (and cake) which is very helpful when bringing small children.
Please make sure that you use the drop down menu when ordering tickets so we know how many seats to reserve (includes children).
When you buy your tickets you will be added to a guest list on the door. You will not be sent physical tickets. If you would like to bring proof of purchase with you, either print off your confirmation email or even better, show us the confirmation email on your phone.
My roller derby story began in the same way that I hear it does for many people – I watched the classic 2009 Ellen Page film “Whip it!”. Ever since, it has been a background obsession of mine, just waiting to break out and be realised. Fast forward 9ish years and my mum told me that she found a Roller Derby league a measly 20 minutes from my house! AND they had a beginner’s Fresh Meat course in a months’ time.
September came around very quickly and I went to the first training session. My head was spinning with thoughts about how I’d made a terrible mistake, I couldn’t roller skate and I’d never even seen a game of Roller Derby, let alone played it before! However, those thoughts were very short lived. I was greeted with such warmth from the members of the league, and the other members of the Fresh Meat course. I instantly felt welcomed! It also made me slightly less nervous to see how terrified the other girls were.
We got kitted up… several times… who knew that knee pads had a left and a right. I sure didn’t. Then we were ready to skate. I say skate… It was more like just rolling and hoping not to fall on our bums.
Over the weeks, we were taught all sorts of skills and tricks that I’d never imagined I’d be able to even attempt let alone kind of be able to do… With a lot more practice needed for sure.
I’ve made some incredible friendships with the other Freshies, as well as with some of the other members of the league. Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging. I’ve truly never been in such a diverse and welcoming community of people.
Looking back over the last few months I can’t believe how far I’ve come, I’m much more confident on my skates, and feel comfortable attempting skills that I’d never thought I’d be able to do. I’ve learnt that I’m tougher than I ever realised and if I set my mind to something I can not only do it but absolutely smash it.
Looking forward, I’m really excited to be a full-time member of the league and train with the intermediate group. I’m looking forward to the step up in training and pushing myself to be as strong and as confident as I can be on my skates. I’m also really excited to learn more about this sport and be more immersed in the world of derby.
With even more Fresh Meat courses starting up in 2019 there’s plenty of chances for you to sign up too! I’ll see you on track. X
Roller derby can feel like another language if you’re not part of a league. But anyone with a derby lover in their life knows that a derby related gift is the ultimate winner on Christmas morning. So whether you’re looking for something to add to their stocking, or a little more wow factor, HRD have you covered.
A Bout Day IOU certificate
To most of us, derby is a way of life and balancing that with the family and friend commitments can be a source of stress and guilt. So why not give the derby lover in your life a get out of jail free card for when bout day (game day) lands on your birthday, a family Christening, your anniversary. Trust us, this happens more often than you’d expect!
Stocking fillers, £10 and under
Stocking to lower ticket items can be safer, as some skaters would really rather choose their own boots, wheels or a helmet depending on their level or style. You certainly don’t have to break the bank to make a roller derby fan smile – check out all these items, all under £10 each that will make them smile.
Alternatively, create the ultimate derby stocking and jam pack it with all of the above!
Tickets to the Belle’s home game on 3 March, 2019!
What more could they want than to see a bout live and support another league? Our own home game will be coming up in March so there won’t be long to wait once gifts are given!
If you’re not based near Hertfordshire, check out the UK Roller Derby Association website to find your local league and get in touch to ask when their next home bout is.
Bones Bearing Removal Tool, £14.95
Bearings are the little fiddly bits that keep your wheels on (a bit like a nut for a bolt). This handy little tool will fit in their kit bag and make changing their wheels oh-so-easy.
Witch’s Brew Odour Blocker, £10.95
If you’ve ever smelled a derby lover after training, you’ll understand why this is a good idea. And if you haven’t, then thank your lucky stars and take it from us – they’ll love freshening up her kit with this citrusy little number.
Personalised bum bag, £14
Having a bum bag with your derby name and number (that’s skater number, not mobile number!) on it is really helpful on bout days. Skaters can leave their valuables safely on the bench without the worry they’ll get lost, squashed or skated over.
A BIG water bottle, £varied
Derby is a tough sport and staying hydrated is so imported. Make they are looking after themselves on track with a super size (preferably holding 1 litre) water bottle.
Check out these leak-proof, BPA free, stainless steel Chilly’s Bottles (£35 for the 750ml option) that keep drinks cold for the ultimate track-side refreshment.
Gift voucher for a sport massage, £30-50
Surely this needs no explanation?
Pre-hab session with a sports or physiotherapist, £50+
Most people think physio is for after you have an injury. However, a pre-hab session will help the skater in your life understand where their weaknesses are and how to build up strength safely and prevent injury. This helps you improve your balance and ultimately skate and play better. This is worth its weight in gold.
Apparently suitable for ages 12 and up, this is a pricey option but would allow all their family and friends to join in their passion for derby on Christmas Day!
Still not sure?
Our top piece of advice is to ask. As tempting as it may be to buy replacements for knee pads being held on buy duct tape, buying kit is very personal – it can depend on your size, the position you play, your skill level and plain old personal preference what a skater buys. So unless you know them better than you know yourself, there’s no harm in simply asking them what they need or buying a voucher for somewhere like Double Threat Skates (in London) or an online retailer like Skate Hut to cover your bases.
Aurora Scorer tells us about how she was seduced by roller derby before carving out her own non-skating niche in the team.
AD signed up to our Fresh Meat Course in January 2018 and hasn’t looked back since. We asked AD about the course.
Thanks to our generous donors, we have a huge range of fantastic prizes to be won this year. The raffle will be drawn on the 8th July at our live roller derby event on 8th July in Hemel Hempstead.
Hertfordshire’s Hell’s Belles will host the final British Championships game day on Sunday 8 July for the final showdown of the Tier 3 South tournament.
We’re looking for bench staff to support our A-Team, Hell’s Belles, during the 2018 season.
Bench staff are responsible for managing the team on the Bench on game day and require a basic knowledge of the sport.
We are also looking for a Head/Bench Coach to lead the development of our advanced skaters.