You’ve heard about roller derby, you’ve checked out some footage online or came to see a bout and now you’re all like “I WANT TO BE PART OF THAT!!!”. And we’re all like: “HELL, YES YOU SHOULD BE!!”.
But we’d understand if you’d be a bit shaky at the thought that you’re really about to strap on skates, practice hard, hit hard, get hit hard, fall hard, skate fast, … We’ve all been there. But rest assured, we’ll teach you all there is to know and help you grow as a roller derby player. Also, we’ve asked a few of our team members for some input on why you should come over on Saturday September 21st and give roller derby a try.
Wham! Bam! Wonterjam!:
“You’ll lose 4cm in buttock circumference and gain 5cm in ego circumference, because it’s heartwarming to be part of a community that’s got your back. You’ll always have something to talk about to your friends as it’s something different than say, tennis. It’s addictive and oh yeah, you’ll learn the true definition of stench when you smell your pads after months of intense practice.”
“Only 5cm? Haha! You get to skate with one of the best roller derby teams and some of the best skaters in Belgium, so don’t be surprised if it turns out to be more than that. Also +1 on what Wham! Bam! said!”
“Roller derby is a great teamsport to be a part of. It’s totally different from any other sport I’ve tried (and mostly hated) before. It’s fun, intense and you’ll learn a lot about yourself. You’ll get stronger, physically and mentally. Also you’ll meet the most amazing and talented mix/bunch of people you could ever imagine.”
Patsy Par anoia:
“Because you’ll learn to be proud of your derby-induced bruises. And you get to force people of the track while on skates, just because you can.”
We hope we’ve convinced you already, but if you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below or contact us. Whether you’re a guy or a girl, as long as you’re 18 years or older, we’re looking forward to see you on Saturday the 21st. Don’t forget to RSVP through the event and via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can make sure we’ll have gear in your size for you to use.
Bring a friend if you want, but don’t be afraid to come alone if you can’t find someone to come along. A lot of us came by ourselves that legendary first time. We’ll be there to help you put on the right skates and protection. We’ll be there when you make your first strides on roller skates. We’ll be there when you fall (mainly because, we teach you how to fall correctly). We promise we’ll be gentle. For now.
(all pics by Ian Roofthooft)