HEREFORD ROLLER GIRLS
Hereford Roller Girls play the energetic and fast-paced, full-contact sport of roller derby. Formed in 2011, the club offers opportunities for skaters, referees and non-skating officials to participate in one of the country’s fastest growing sports
Our bouting team, the Horror Bulls, competes in the Roller Derby British Championships Tier 3 West Division, and has won Herefordshire Sports Senior Team of The Year award for two years in a row. Our 2014 captain, Becce Turner, was 2014 Sportsperson of the Year finalist at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards, and the club won Community Club of The Year.
What is Roller Derby?
Roller Derby is a skilled and energetic contact sport played on quad roller skates. It’s played mainly by women, and is the fastest growing female sport in the world. Roller Derby combines the skill and strength of rugby, with the speed and agility of athletics, and the energy and spirit of team sports.
A bout lasts 60 minutes divided into two 30 minute halves, in turn divided into ‘jams’, that last up to two minutes each. Whilst a squad is made up of up to 14 players, each jam sees 5 skaters from each team take to the track; 4 blockers and the point scorer, the jammer. The jammer aims to get through the pack of blockers from both teams; assisted by her blockers as they attempt to stop the opposition jammer. Jammers score points by passing the hips of opposing skaters (no, there isn’t a ball!).
Roller Derby welcomes adults of all levels and abilities to take part. Small, large, short and tall women all have their strengths on the track, so there really is something for everyone. As well as female skaters, the club aims to recruit adult referees and non-skating officials, as well as men to form a mens’ team. HRG welcomes newcomers – including complete beginners who may not have skated before – at their regular intakes.
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