Oxford Wheels of Gory Roller Derby are excited to announce their new rookie intake format. Instead of a rookie course that happens twice a year, we shall be hosting rookie recruitment once a month. This way, it’s not the end of the world if you miss it or if it’s full.
This program will take all you aspiring skaters from feeling like Bambi on wheels to confident and ready to mix in with the rest of the league! We are so excited to meet you and spread the derby love!
If you’d like to know more, have any queries, or you are definitely coming please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop us a facebook message!
Make sure you click interested/going on the Facebook event in order to get up to date information about our rookie intake sessions.
In a hurry? Here’s the TL;DR!
What: Roller Derby – a full contact sport played on roller skates.
When: Normal the first Sunday of every month. 12:30 – 14:00 but please check with us, as sometimes it changes!
Where: Park Sports Centre, Wheatley, Holton, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX33 1QZ
Why: Because starting an exciting new hobby, meeting new friends, and being part of a fantastic inclusive grassroots community is the best thing you can do in 2018!
No skates? That’s fine!
We can lend you the skates and safety gear you’ll need to get started – with the exception of a mouth guard because that, quite frankly, is a little gross! If you have any questions about mouth guard/kit, we’ll be happy to help!
When is it?
Rookie intake sessions are normally the first Sunday of every month (please check with us, as sometimes this changes).
12:30 – 14:00, at the Park Sports Centre, Wheatley, Holton Oxford Oxfordshire OX3 31Q
Our team training sessions are twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, which once you have attended an intake session and are deemed safe on skates, you can begin to attend.
What is it?
Roller derby is a full contact sport played on roller skates. To come to our rookie intake, you need to have a basic level of skating. i.e. able to skate around an ice rink or a roller disco. During the session, you will be taught how to fall safely by members of the team and they will talk you through different skills, and demonstrate how to put them into practice. At the end of the session, if you feel roller derby is for you and you have been assessed to be safe by our coaches, you will be given information on how to join the league.
After your session, you are more than welcome to stay and watch the league’s training session to get a feel of who we are and what we do.
How much is it?
The first taster session is free, and just to make sure it is something you enjoy and want to continue, your next two sessions are also free!
Once you have decided to join the league, the team subs are £30 monthly (different sub structures apply to skating officials and non skating officials).
Oxford Wheels Of Gory believe that roller derby should be accessible to all, and can also discuss different payment options, and instalments if needed – just contact the league on the info below.
Anyone can join
(although must be aged 18+ due to the full contact nature of the sport)
18 to 180, any gender, big or small, we’d love to meet you.
Our competitive team is open to all women and gender expansive individuals, in line with the current WFTDA* statement on gender, and we actively encourage participation from people with trans and/non-binary identities.
*The Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association
The wider culture of roller derby is open to all, and there are many ways to be a part of Oxford Wheels of Gory for people of all genders. The sport is built on a DIY attitude and volunteer energy, and there are skating and non-skating officiating, coaching, and volunteering opportunities here for everyone.
Skating officials and non skating officials
Some people find themselves naturally drawn to officiating, others find it helps them become a better skater and team player. No matter what your reason, Oxford Wheels of Gory strive to provide training and learning opportunities for officials of all levels whatever your goal.
Those wanting to become a Skating Official (referee) will need to first participate in our rookie skate program before beginning training as a Skating Official.
Non Skating Officials (NSOs) as the name suggests are not on skates for the officiating roles they perform, but provide a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of the roller derby as well as joining our lovely league.
Where is it?
The Park Sports Centre, Wheatley is just off the A40 and has ample signage and parking. From Oxford Centre and Headington, the U1 Brookes Bus and the 280 Arriva bus both serve Wheatley (Holton Turn and Park Hill roundabout). The 280 also runs through Thame, Haddenham and Aylesbury.