15th June 2018

New skaters

New skaters join our Carbonites training programme, which we recruit to in blocks a few times a year.

We are a WFTDA-affiliated league, meaning we welcome self-identifying women and non-binary and gender non-conforming people who are comfortable skating under the banner of ‘women’s roller derby’. You must be over 18 to join our adult league – please see our Juniors team for skaters aged 8-17. 

We love our sport and want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try it. With that in mind, we believe in being upfront about the demands that come along with roller derby.

Skating ability

To join our new skater programme, you need to have a basic skating ability, meaning that you can stay upright on quad skates, and skate forwards without support. If you haven’t skated in a while, Skate Central is a great place to get your skating legs again.

We don’t offer beginner’s skating or one-to-one coaching at this time, so please only sign up for the new skater programme once you feel confident in your basic skating ability.


Roller derby is a very physically demanding sport – just watch some footage to see what we mean. Our new skater training sessions run for 90 minutes at a time, the majority of which will be spent in full gear, learning skills including standing on one foot for 30 seconds, falling, stopping, jumping over obstacles, skating 27 laps in 5 minutes, and taking and giving full body hits.

It is also a mentally demanding sport. There is the noise of wheels and whistles and shouts. There are all the rules to learn. There are the blows to your confidence when you just can’t nail a skill and you keep falling over.

You will get sweaty. You will get hot. You will feel like jelly. You will get frustrated. You will fall over – a lot. And if you can put in the time, effort, and bruises… You will get fitter. You will get faster. You will get stronger. You will get more resilient. You will laugh – a lot.

Please remember: before signing up to our new skater programme you should consult a doctor, especially if you have a medical condition, are recovering from any injury, are taking medication, or have related concerns. 


Probably the most important factor to consider before signing up to roller derby is not how fit you are, but how hard you are willing to work. Our new skater training is twice a week, with opportunities for independent skating and off-skates fitness throughout the week. Unless you have a background in skating and/or contact sports, you should be prepared to spend at least 6 months before you reach gameplay level. Once you reach gameplay level, you’ll need an attendance rate of at least 50% to skate for the B Team, and 65% for the A Team. And it’s not just the skating. SSRD is a league run by our members, for our members. Everyone is expected to participate in the running of the league by going one of our subcommittees.

There are no shortcuts: if you want to play roller derby, you need to put in the work.

Some skaters decide that actually, playing roller derby isn’t for them. And that’s okay! We have lots of other opportunities to get involved.

When is training?

All our training sessions are held at Skate Central, 1 Queens Road, Sheffield, S2 4DF. Please get in touch for details of the latest sessions: sheffieldsteelrollerderby@gmail.com.

What kit do I need?

You need all of the following kit to take part:

  • Quad skates
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Helmet
  • Mouth guard

When you sign up to one of our recruitment events, you can hire loan kit (subject to availability) for your first 4 weeks.

How much does it cost?

Your first session is free; after that it’s £6 per session for the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, if you’d like to keep skating, you can join us as a full member and pay monthly dues. Standard dues are £35 a month, with reduced dues are available for various circumstances.

How do I sign up?

Check out our Facebook for details of upcoming meet and greets and recruitment events.

Any questions? Read our FAQs or get in touch at ssrdrecruitment@gmail.com.