10 Reasons to Watch Roller Derby LIVE!

So, you’ve heard all about this Roller Derby lark, but you’ve never seen a live game… Well, as it turns out, we are playing THIS SUNDAY, and we think you should definitely come! But if that’s not enough to persuade you, here are our top 10 reasons to watch a live Roller Derby bout…

1. Learn about one of the UK’s fastest growing sports

Don’t know the rules? No problem! Roller Derby isn’t as complicated as it looks, and our learned announcers will help explain the game and tell you what’s going on. There’ll also be a brief explanation in the programme, plus loads of lovely members around to help – just ask!

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Gearing Up For Our Home Bout

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At HRD we all have job to do on and off track.  As someone who’s always enjoyed organising things, when it came to choosing a role I put my hand up to work in the Bout Coordination area.  I’ve been with HRD for almost 5 years, and in that time I’ve worked on Home Bouts for British Champs, standalone games outside of champs, I’ve supported at bigger events like Heartlands and Champs finals and the inaugural MRDWC in Birmingham 2014.  I’ve often thought of planning a bout day as a bit like planning a wedding; there’s people coming from near and far, you have to ensure you have the right officials present, you have to check the venue capacity and regulations thoroughly, and there’s definitely got to be enough cake for everyone.  Whereas with a wedding if you get sick of catering to your third cousin twice removed you can scrap it all, save the money and elope to Gretna Green, there’s no eloping in Derby.  The show must go on. Continue reading “Gearing Up For Our Home Bout”

Transfer, Training, and Time Out: Tenacious V’s Year with the Belles

When you hear people talk about their Derby Family, you picture a team, they train together, they might socialise together and they support each other in their derby lives.


One year ago I stepped into the training hall for Hell’s Belles, and I’ve never looked back. I came to Hertfordshire Roller Derby as a transfer from a different league. I wanted to change my training and be in a more competitive environment, and straight away I knew I had found what I was looking for. I started out on the intermediate track, and that first session,… Well, I came away very sweaty! There was a good strong mix of skills and endurance. I was buzzing! (On the inside at least – I was too shy to even pay my subs myself, I got someone to do it for me!) Continue reading “Transfer, Training, and Time Out: Tenacious V’s Year with the Belles”