Learn to Play Roller Derby

Sundays | 13:00 – 14:30 | Hemel Hempstead | 6 weeks

We don’t have a start date for our next beginner course, but please do check back for details or email recruitment@hertsrd.co.uk to be added to the waiting list.

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

Take a look at our recruitment video below or read on to find out more.

What’s included:

  • 6 week program teaching skating skills and the basics of roller derby game play
  • Tips and advice from experienced skaters
  • Inclusion in HRD’s Roller Derby for Beginners Facebook group
  • Opportunities to get involved with league socials and activities

Loan of kit – skates and pads can be borrowed, subject to availability, thanks to support from Dacorum Borough Council.  Borrowing kit is £10 suggested donation and helps us cover the cost of replacing worn out kit.

How much does it cost?

The price for our course is £40.  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.

Borrowing kit is £10 suggested donation and helps us cover the cost of replacing worn out kit.

If you have any questions please contact recruitment@hertsrd.co.uk.

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!

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…

My own Derby Story…

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

Fresh Meat Diary – Florence Nightinhell

Why join HRD’s Beginner Course?

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.



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!