All-female full contact roller derby in the North West of England

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  1. MON

    7:30-9:30pm - New Skater Training Sessions

  2. TUE

    7:30-9:30pm - RCRG Tender Hooligans' Practice

  3. WED

    6:30pm-9:30pm - RCRG Bet Lynch Mob + Pre-mins

  4. THUR

    7:30-9:30pm - RCRG Allstars' Practice

  5. FRI

  6. SAT

    Game Day! / Fortnightly Open Skate

  7. Sunday

    Bootcamps and RCRG Mixed Scrimmage


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Written on 26-04-2015

Recruiting Now: New Skater Training Every Monday Night!

Want to play roller derby? We hold New Skater Training every Monday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. The sessions are open to anyone over the age of 18, men and women, and the cost for the session includes kit hire (that’s skates and safety equipment).

Sessions resume for 2016 on Monday 11th January. 

Roller Derby ManchesterThe session costs £6 and will teach you all the skills required to skate, stop and fall safely, and allow you to learn and practise the skills required to play the game.

Upon reaching a good level of competency, you will be asked to sign up to our league and be eligible to join weekly team training on Wednesdays in addition to the Monday sessions, while you take your WFTDA minimum skills assessment. Male skaters with an interest in playing the game will be offered the option of joining our brother league, the Knights of Oldham.

Practice Times: Every Monday night 7.30pm – 9.30pm at The Thunderdome. The training session will start bang on 7:30pm, so please arrive at 7:00pm to get kitted up!

We rarely cancel our New Skater sessions, but do check our Facebook page for updates.

You can also join our New Skater Facebook Group to chat to other RCRG new skaters.

If you’re not already convinced to come and give it a go, read Lauren Disorder’s account of her experience following our New Skater Programme: Braving That First New Skater Session

For some advice on what to wear, check out advice from Morgue-Anna: Dress Derby

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Referees and Non-Skating Officials

Fancy a more official role in the game? We need more referees to grow our WFTDA-affiliated referee crew, headed by Level 2 WFTDA-certified referee Matt the Knife. Our referees officiate over bouts and scrimmages for all our teams, and are present at all training sessions to assist with clean, safe play, as well as to educate our skaters to the highest standard of rules knowledge.

If you have a keen eye for detail and a desire to learn, email to sign up. If you want to become a ref, but can’t skate yet, we will teach you at the Monday night sessions until you reach the minimum required for reffing standards, from where you can move on to dedicated referee training with Matt and the team.

Each bout also needs a skilled workforce of non-skating officials to track the scores, time the jams, and manage the penalties.

We encourage all skaters to not only volunteer for Non-Skating Offical (NSO) duties, but also to commit to fully understanding the requirements of the role, and pursuing NSO accreditation. Our head NSO – Minx Subordination – shares her extensive experience with all of our NSOs, training them to meet her exacting standards, and works to ensure that the experience feeds back into their skating with a greater understanding of the rules and procedures.

If you only want to NSO and have no interest in skating, then we’d be delighted to welcome you into the Thunderdome family, train you up, and reap the benefit of your dedicated support. Please email to sign up.


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29 Responses to Recruiting Now: New Skater Training Every Monday Night!

  1. […] hooked. There was only me from our group however, that was brave enough to sign up for the weekly New Skater Session. It seemed just what I had been looking for – a way to get fit and have fun! I bought my Rainy […]

  2. […] I first joined and still remember the delight I felt, when having moved through the Monday night New Skater Programme, I finally passed my minimum skills. Slowly but surely, I improved and eventually landed a place on […]

  3. […] Bay Brawlers, and details on how you can join the Rainy City Roller Girls, by attending our weekly New Skater Training […]

  4. Charlene roberts says:

    I’m a basic confident skater, I have a casting on Saturday and I have been ask to put some moves together. I can do a few street dance moves on my skates but I was wondering if you coud help me with some simple but effective skating tips. I know it’s short notice but I have just recieved the casting. I’d be grateful if you could help me.

    Many thanks
    Charlene Roberts 07891192796

    1. Cleo Fracture says:

      Hi Charlene,

      I’m sorry, but this is a little short notice. We do have 2 dance skaters amongst our ranks, but we don’t offer dance skate lessons as standard. Perhaps given a little more notice, we could consider putting something together, but on this occasion, I don’t think we can help you. Maybe next time.

      Cleo, x

  5. […] of the celebrations from 10am-2pm in Oldham Town Centre, so come say Hi to us, sign up for our New Skater Training, talk to us about our upcoming European bouts, and find out about how you can get involved in […]

  6. […] recently started training with Rainy City Roller Girls on our New Skater Training programme. Here’s her account of what it’s like to beat those nerves and give Roller Derby a […]

  7. I would like to become involved in a new challenge and like the idea of getting involved with roller derby. Would be interested in coming along to one of your beginners sessions.? Thanks Janine Thomson.

    1. Cleo Fracture says:

      Hi Janine,

      That’s great, please come along to The Thunderdome, any Monday night. The session starts at 7:30pm, so come a little earlier (7:15pm ish) to get signed in and kitted up. Our sessions are run by 4 Rainy City skaters who will look after you. We split the group up into beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters, and work on different skills. In the first session, you’ll learn about falling and stopping safely.

      Hope to see you soon,
      Cleo, x

  8. Kate says:

    I’d love to come along to the new skater sessions, but I’m pretty nervous.
    I’ve only ever skated twice in my life, so I’m a serious beginner.
    Would this be a problem? Should I work on my skating skills before I come along?
    Thanks and any advice would be great!

    1. Cleo Fracture says:

      Hi Kate,

      We’d love you to come try roller derby with us! You don’t need to have any prior skating skills, we will teach you everything you need to know at our weekly Monday night sessions. Many of our skaters had never skated before, and it’s a great way to get fit and have fun.

      All you need to bring is yourself, £6, and we can provide all the gear you need. I hope you have a great time!

      Mondays, 7:30pm (but come a little earlier, to get kitted up)!

  9. Amber says:

    Hi :)
    I’ve been considering coming along on monday sessions for awhile. But my fitness level at the minute isn’t very good, I’m pretty out of shape and overweight after having my baby boy a few months ago :(
    Is it common for plus sized ladies to play roller derby? And would my fitness be a problem when I start training?
    Is there any advice you could give me on what exercises to do to work on my fitness before I come along?

    1. Cleo Fracture says:

      Hi Amber,

      We have lots of plus size ladies in our league, and there is no requirement for you to be fit before you start. Our Monday night sessions are a great work out, but you can take it at your own pace. Usually, once people fall in love with skating they don’t notice how much exercise they are doing, and their fitness builds up quickly, along with their confidence.

      Being on skates makes you move fast, despite your size, the physics are completely different, so whatever your body shape, or fitness level, there’s a way you can contribute to the game, and more importantly, an array of achievable goals you can set yourself.

      So come along to a session and see if you like it!

  10. Ange says:

    Is the new skater sesh on this Monday in Oldham or in Manchester? Just a bit confused with the “please note” message 😀 x

    1. Cleo Fracture says:

      Hi Ange, The NEw Skater session is being held in Manchester temporarily, while we complete some renovation works at the Thunderdome. Please come along this Sunday, 11:15am at Ardwich Sports Centre, Manchester.

      1. Ange says:

        cheers, i will try to get there, just difficult which is a pain, but i will try. when will the renos be done?

        1. Purple Brewser says:

          Hi Ange. I just thought I’d add an update! Our new skater sessions are most definitely back up and running in Oldham on Monday nights. Please come along!

          Purple Brewser (Kirsty)

  11. Kathryn Isaacs says:

    hello after a hectic year I’d like to be able to try roller derby looks like something i can really get into. I havent got all the skills of a skater but im pretty sure i can more or less skate (very basic) aha anyway would just like to know when and where can I join??? 😀

    1. Purple Brewser says:

      Monday nights – at the Thunderdome in Oldham. We start at 7.30 promptly so if you try to arrive between 7 & 7.15 we can raid our kit cupboard and get you kitted out.
      It’s £6 and it runs every Monday so just turn up!

  12. Siobhan says:

    Hey girls,
    Me & my friend really want to get into roller derby, BUT both have no skating expirenence and was wondering if monday training will help us with that or do you need abit off expierence.

    1. Harlot Jo Ransom says:

      Hey Siobhan, I think I picked up your message on Facebook. Hope you had a great time on Monday! See you next week :)

  13. […] paid 9-5 job the first thing I bought was skates, Rainy City welcomed me with open arms to their New Skater Nights. I made loads of friends really quickly and convinced the man that would become U-Turn to join me […]

  14. Alyssa Wootten says:

    Hi, i have been thinking about roller derby for a while, and i was wondering what age you had to be to join ?

    1. Harlot Jo Ransom says:

      Hi Alyssa, you have to be 18 to join at the moment. Harlot x

  15. Rachel says:

    I was wondering, how many times a year do you run new skater sessions?

    Thank you


    1. Harlot Jo Ransom says:

      Hi Rachel, we run New Skater Sessions pretty much every Monday of the year. It’s very rare that we cancel one. The sessions start again for 2016 on 11th January.

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