Are you male? Can you skate? Do you live in Essex? Will you be able to drag yourself away from playing Call of Duty: Ghosts or watching the X-Factor results on a Sunday night? If so, the organisers of the first men’s roller derby team in Essex want to hear from you! They are currently looking for male skaters to sign up and get skating for their squad.
Proudly billed as “the most fun you can have on wheels” by this new Essex skater team, roller derby is a fast-paced contact sport on skates that dates back to America’s gruelling roller skating marathons of the 1930s.
But in modern times, the sport has been dominated by all-female amateur teams. This will have to change if the sport wants to seriously be considered for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games. Hence the need for this male skater recruitment drive.
Rollerboy not Rollerball
However, I really hope some of roller derby’s other female traditions remain intact now that the blokes are getting involved. It just wouldn’t be the same without the hilariously camp ‘boutfit’ costumes worn by these feisty roller skaters. Not forgetting those brilliant, pun-filled skater names like “Nuke Skywalker”, “Skate Winslet”, “Tess of the Derby Wheels” or “Wikibleedia”.
The Essex Men’s Roller Derby team meets for training on Sundays (8pm to 10pm) at the Clements Hall Leisure Centre in Hawkwell, a village situated between Rochford and Rayleigh. The team’s Facebook page has all the latest news for anyone interested in becoming a player or fan.
Solopress printed these 350gsm Gloss A6 Flyers for the Essex Men’s Roller Derby
*Photo used with the kind permission of Zero G Photography and Swiss Army Mike
“This was our first order with Solopress and we were extremely happy with service from start to finish. All the staff we spoke to were extremely helpful, especially as it was a last minute order that we needed in less than 24 hours. We were also very pleased with the end product. We would definitely use Solopress again and will be recommending their printing service.”
Angela Kruyer, Essex Men’s Roller Derby