Moray’s One and Only Roller Derby Team
Until now, the closest you may have come to Roller derby is watching the 2009 film ‘Whip It’, but unbeknownst to you, there is a thriving world of Roller Derby waiting to burst onto the scene right here in Moray!
What is Roller Derby?
A contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction (counter-clockwise) around a track. Gameplay consists of a series of short matchups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. Read more
How can you get involved?
Helgin Roller Derby trains in Elgin Community Centre, their official home since April 2015. With sessions on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
The lack of facilities in Moray means that currently, the team has no hope of hosting a home bout – they will have to be a ‘travel team’. With Teams based all over Scotland, this puts enormous strain on the girl’s finances (cost of travel and hire of halls) and time constraints to participate in their sport.
Travelling upwards of 300 miles for a match, to participate or even train for your chosen sport has become a reality for these girls, but it could well be a barrier for others.
Is girls sport in danger of decline?
By age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys. Today’s girls are bombarded with images of external beauty, not those of confident, strong female athletic role models. To some girls, fitting within the mould that they are constantly told to stay in is more important than standing out. Peer pressure can be hard for girls at any age; when that pressure isn’t offset with strong encouragement to participate in sports and healthy physical activity, the results may lead girls to drop out altogether.
What difference will MSC make to Roller Derby?
The sports hall within MSC is the equivalent of 8 Badminton courts (larger than any other hall in Moray) and has 500 seats. This will enable us to host ‘home bouts’, decreasing the travel requirements, bringing more people to visit Moray and opening up opportunities to increase participation in the sport across the north of Scotland.
Helgin Roller Derby’s – Melicious Intent (Great nickname!) says ‘ We NEED Moray Sports Centre to go ahead. Don’t leave Moray in the dark ages for sporting facilities. Help us be a healthier and fitter region, the sports centre increases opportunities to exercise for everyone.’