SiP 16 – Newcastle Roller Girls

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Newcastle Roller Girls

It has been a successful year for all of the Newcastle Roller Girls teams this season. Sport in Profile Magazine recently caught up with their Head Coach Kerri ‘Kalamity’ James to find out more about how they have been getting along.  

Involvement 

She told us, “I’ve been skating and involved with Newcastle Roller Girls for about eight and a half years. A friend founded the league, asked me if I wanted to come along, and I’ve been there at least twice a week ever since!” 

 The Role 

“I’m head coach for the league. We have around 80 members and three travel teams (A Team – The Canny Belters, B Team – the Whippin’ Hinnies and C team – The North Cs) – it can be difficult juggling the different needs of all three teams!  

Luckily a great coaching team means the workload gets spread out. The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing other people blossom into confident skaters. I also LIVE for how much body confidence roller derby gives women of every size.”   

Present 

“I’d say the atmosphere here is pretty good! We’ve got three teams so everyone gets a fair shot at playing games which is good for skater retention and morale.  

Our A team have had a cracking year after a wobbly start. Losing some key players at the start of the year when we had a high level tournament at home planned in Spring was a big blow to our plans for world domination! But we took some time to rebuild, came back fighting and had a great showing at the Mayday Mayhem tournament in Colorado, USA.  

Our B team the, Whippin’ Hinnies, have really pushed themselves this year as one of the only B teams allowed to play in the British Championships tournament. They’ve played against some really tough teams, but I’ve no doubt they’ve learnt lots.  

Our C team have had more games than ever this year, and it continues to be a great developmental space for our newer skaters.” 

Get Involved 

“I’d advise anyone with an interest just to do it, you won’t look back! We’ve got a new intake coming up at the start of 2018; it’ll change your life. I don’t know many other people outside of our sport who have 40 best friends!  

Details of how to sign up for our new skater intake starting in January, or to take part in free taster sessions in partnership with North Tyneside Council in November, are on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/newcastlerollergirls.” 

Challenges/Ambitions 

“Our biggest challenges are audience, recruitment and retention. Our sport is self-funded, and luckily our subs pay for lots of stuff, but international travel is expensive, which we have to do to maintain and gain rankings. Having bigger crowds at our home games really helps to generate income to go towards that and we do a lot of fundraising as well. The A team really want to make it to the WFTDA D2 champs, which would be an enormous achievement. And make loads more amazing memories!” 

For more information visit www.newcastlerollergirls.co.uk

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