It’s been about 10 weeks since our latest intake of new skaters (I know, we can’t believe it either!) so we decided to ask a few of them how they’ve been finding their time with us – over to you Cherubs!
“At the beginning of 2019 I attended my very first roller derby practice with DCRA. I was terrified; of skates; of falling; of meeting a whole load of new people. It was so unlike anything I’d ever tried before, I don’t think I’d even really heard of roller derby until I saw an ad for skater intakes on Facebook!
Walking into the sports centre that first week was terrifying. So much so, that my mum had to come in and talk to our coach (Hi Bam!), as I couldn’t form a coherent sentence due to the overwhelming anxiety. This lasted a couple more weeks until I found my feet (both figuratively and literally) and fully threw myself into the derby experience. My legs constantly hurt. I always have at least five different bruises. And derby stink is a whole new level of hell, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have been welcomed with open arms into a community of strong, empowering women and I couldn’t be happier!
As a queer woman, it can sometimes be hard to find non-LGBTQ+ spaces where we feel completely safe and comfortable. But derby brings together such a wonderfully diverse group of people, that it’s so easy to be unapologetically you no matter your identity. This is something I am so thankful for. Living in a teeny tiny village in the middle of the countryside, it can be hard to feel accepted for who we are. But going to practice alongside watching possibly every roller derby documentary on YouTube, seeing other strong queer women absolutely rocking it, makes everything that little bit easier.
It has been just over two months since that first week, and I can honestly say turning up to practice was the best decision I’ve ever made! For anyone thinking about joining their local derby league; please do it! I promise you won’t regret it.
Hope to meet many more new skaters as I carry on with my derby journey!
See you soon darlings”
“I am what my Mum calls ‘a very highly-strung girl’, so when I decided to start roller derby, it took me about 8 months to pluck up the courage to message the Angels. I was late to the new intake, late to the sessions and late to learn! Yet the entire group have been supportive and allowed me to learn at my own pace, which I appreciate to no end!
The people at DCRA are so supportive and wonderfully open with everything that when I walked into that sports hall, I felt right at home! I feel like I have found my own kin, women who are supportive and strong and wonderfully fun too! No matter how many times you fall, almost fall, or just look downright ridiculous, the team are there to support and encourage you the entire way!
There are times when I think that I’m too weak to do this, too scared and too anxious to continue, but with the support of my fellow Cherubs and the continual openness and encouragement of the Angels, I know that I will eventually be able to achieve all my Derby Dreams! Thanks everyone for making me feel strong and confident inside and out!”
“I am a mother to four beautiful children. I love being a mum, but it is extremely difficult; three of my children are severely mentally disabled so my home life is absolutely nuts and very stressful! My children need a lot of help and all my time – my whole life is about looking after my kids, so I needed something that is just for me.
I saw roller derby a couple of years ago and it looked like so much fun. The only experience on skates I had was from when I was a child – which worried me and put me off giving it a try. Now, I’ve decided that it’s time to give it a go and I am so glad I have! Everyone has been so patient in teaching myself and the other new skaters the skills we need to make the team. I’ve already met some amazing, confident and very strong women who have been so friendly and kind to me. They’re all one big crazy family and I’m so glad they’ve let me in.”
So there you have it! If you’ve ever wanted to try roller derby but have been too nervous, just look at what these amazing people have achieved by joining the crazy family that is Durham City Rolling Angels!
Our next intake is happening in May so why not come along and check it out? Visit our event page here.