Welcome to Grimsby Roller Derby!
Grimsby Roller Derby comprises of two teams; the Grim Reavers (est in 2012) and the Brothers Grim (est in 2014). We also play together in ‘Open to All (OTA)’ games as Grimsby Roller Derby.
In 2019, the Grim Reavers competed and won Tier 3 East British Roller Derby Championships. They were promoted into Tier 2 in 2019 however, due to the pandemic the season did not go ahead as planned.
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GRD only returned back to training in September and since then the league has been taking a slow re-introduction back into the sport. Since the pandemic a lot of things have changed for us and we are still not currently operating “as normal” as we are still planning and making necessary changes.
Facebook is our central hub of all our communication.
Please join Grimsby Roller Derby – Home to the Grim Reavers & Brothers Grim on facebook groups.
We will teach you everything you will need to know from kitting up to full contact and game-play scenarios. Your GRD training is called your minimum skills. Within your minimum skills there are currently three levels:
- Level 1 – intro to skating/falling/stopping
- Level 2 – intermediate skating/falling/stopping
- Level 3 – advance skating/falling/stopping and intro to contact
Due to changes in the WFTDA rules, the committee are currently reviewing the minimum skill requirements.
We advise that you spend at least an hour a week taking part in off skates exercise.
If you do not want to play contact, please let us know and we can train you up to be a skating official (referee).
If you do not want to skate, please let us know and we can teach you all you need to know within our non-skating official roles.
We are currently only running one session a week every Sunday at Grimsby Leisure Centre 10:30 – 12:30.
Prior to the pandemic the league trained for 3 hours on a Sunday morning and for 2 hours in Cleethorpes on a Tuesday evening (for advanced only). We are aiming to get back to this however, as it stands this is not feasible for the club.
We ask you arrive approx. 10 minutes early to a session to kit up so you are ready on track for the start of the training session.
You should bring plenty of water for each training session, along with comfortable clothes and suitable shoes. If you are wearing shorts, we also recommend you should wear tights/leggings underneath to avoid abrasions to your legs.
A roll call is done on the facebook group the Thursday before training, please comment on this post if you can attend the training session.
Subs are £5 per session until you pass your Level 2 minimum skill.
Once you have passed Level 2, the session price is increased to £7 or £25 per month.
The committee are currently reviewing the sub fees as we are in need to ensure hall hire is covered and if it is feasible for the introduction of a second session.
Subs are to be paid via bank transfer before each training session, please speak to Charlotte Rendall to arrange.
All subs are used to cover the cost of hall hire and hosting bouts. All money raised is put back into the team for further development.
GRD will provide standard basic kit free of charge.
There is no time scale for when you need to buy your own, however, we advise you have full kit before you start the advanced sessions.
If and when you decide to buy your own kit, feel free to ask the team for advice as you can try our kit on for sizing and style. We can also advise on the best retailers for price and quality.
The compulsory components of any derby kit are as follows:
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Gum shield (required after level 2)
- Black and white tops (required after level 2)
We at GRD are thrilled you have said yes to giving roller derby a try. For many they have yet to find a passion and for us this is ours. We train together, we play together and we have fun together and we look forward to sharing that with you. Before I joined GRD I didn’t enjoy sport and here I am now passionate about this sport; President of Grimsby Roller Derby and a proud member of The Grim Reavers.
“But what if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson