Fresh Meat Course

Fresh Meat Roller Derby Course

Sundays | 13:00 – 14:30 | Hemel Hempstead | 12 weeks

To be added to the waiting list for our next course, please email

If you can get there, RollerCity in Welwyn Garden City is a fantastic place to brush up on skating skills to get a head start. Our members are often there on a Thursday night practicing their skills.  Find out more about RollerCity skate sessions.

About the course

Are you interested in getting fit, having fun and meeting a whole new bunch of amazing people? We’re looking for new skaters aged 18+ to join our league.

Our 12 week roller derby course, will teach skating skills and the basics of roller derby. Complete beginners welcome!

Still not sure? Take a look at our recruitment video below or read on to find out more.

What’s included:

  • 12 week program teaching skating skills and the basics of roller derby gameplay
  • Loan of kit – skates and pads (subject to availability)
  • Free Sisu mouthguard (worth £15.99) special offer for HRD fresh meat, when buying roller derby starter kits from Skate Britain
  • Tips and advice from experienced skaters
  • Inclusion in HRD’s fresh meat Facebook group
  • Opportunities to get involved with league socials and activities

How much does it cost?

The price for our next course is to be confirmed.  It is priced to be affordable while providing the league with vital funds to cover hall hire and equipment costs. Coaching is carried out by experienced league skaters but is all completely voluntary. You can either pay the full amount now or secure your place with a fixed deposit and transfer the rest before the start of the course.

If you have any questions please contact

Is roller derby right for me?

The fabulous thing about roller derby is that it’s such an inclusive sport ‐ there is a place for everybody, no matter what your age (as long as you’re over 18), body shape, fitness level, or skating ability is. Our current members are aged between 18 and 46 with occupations such as full‐time mums, police, teachers, students and accountants!

“I started my fresh meat course at the grand old age of 39, having never played a team sport, and was playing competitive roller derby within months. I can’t understate how much of a difference it has made to my fitness, and what enormous fun it is!” Em Aye Six, Fresh Meat 2013

Although the league is predominantly made up of women, and we compete as a female team, we do also welcome male skaters who want to train with us for roles such as referees.

Read all about it

Find out what some of our newer members thought about our fresh meat course…

From musician to derby girl – Minnie the Minx on Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat Diary – Florence Nightinhell

Hart Break Her: “I have found this love for a sport that I could not live without”

Why join HRD’s Fresh Meat Course?

Hertfordshire Roller derby has run seven courses over the last four years, and our last course was fully booked. Over that time we have improved and refined the course based on member feedback, so that we can provide the best experience for our newest recruits.

HRD is welcoming and supportive. We motivate, we inspire, and we achieve, and whether the wins are big or small, personal or as a team, we celebrate them.

“When I began I had no idea how to skate, I could barely even stand on skates. The whole team is amazingly supportive and they’ve taught me from the basics up. “ ‐ Bull DozeHer, Fresh Meat 2015

How do I sign up?

“It is the best thing I have ever done in my life and I am so glad I got past my first fears of signing up.” – Hart Break Her, Fresh Meat 2015


Although training takes place in Hemel Hempstead, skaters travel from all over Hertfordshire including Borehamwood, Croxley Green, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hertford, Radlett, Rickmansworth, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. One of our skaters even travels from central London!