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By granitecityrollerderby, May 22 2017 02:12PM

Want to skate with us? Visiting the area and need your derby fix?


We are open to guest skaters, referees and NSOs!




To arrange your visit please contact training@granitecityrollerderby.co.uk


In your email, please include the following:


Your first session is free of charge! The cost of each session thereafter is £5 for skaters, £3 for referees, and FREE for NSOs. Please be aware that some sessions - particularly on the run up to games - will be closed to guests. We are an open league so all genders welcome.

By granitecityrollerderby, Mar 27 2017 05:34PM


This Saturday (1st April) is New Intake Day here at GCRD. This means we have reached the end of our current Fresh Meat and Intermediate courses which is an exciting time for the skaters graduating to a new group!


Our final Inters session was yesterday, and we are super proud of Tinytaes and Fawn of the Dead who have graduated to advanced training! Here’s what some of our inters had to say about the course, scrims, the mentors and each other.



We’ve all found some parts of the course challenging...


Getting used to the warm up drills was a shock to the system, but a nice one! I'm loving the gameplay drills, which can be challenging as you're trying to remember so many steps but it's really satisfying when you start to just do them automatically.

Victory Rolls



There is a much bigger gap in skills between skaters (some are hawks and some are just out of newbs) so it was initially quite intimidating.

Foxy Blocks



As always 27 in 5! Lol. Also skating with some of the more advanced skaters that sometimes attend the sessions.

Huffletuff



Backwards skating is still a challenge for me however I'm confident that I'll nail it!

Chelseasmile


But we’ve seen massive improvements as we progressed...


I think my confidence has really grown and being pushed that little bit more out of your comfort zone at each practice is great, as each week you get a little better.

Victory Rolls



I managed to get 29/5, improved at jumps of all kinds, and my aggression and ability to time a hit properly.

Foxy Blocks



The first week we did hockey stops and I managed to nail it in the same session! My backwards crossovers have really come on (thanks to Jo Mama’s wonderful technique!), I can keep them going round the entire track when I don’t overthink it!

Fawn of the Dead



I’ve seen lots of improvements! My fitness is much better, transitions are more fluid and I'm closer to 27 in 5 than before

Huffletuff



I've really enjoyed learning how to incorporate the skills we've already learnt into game situations, such as transitioning into a hit, there are so many things I've enjoyed that I couldn't see myself attempting a year ago!

Chelseasmile





We love all our mentors and coaches...


The mentors and coaches have been great, it's been wonderful having a variety of styles and each have their own take on a certain move, so if you don't quite get it the first time you know that you will eventually. A HUGE thanks to everyone, I can't express how much I appreciate everyone's patience and help.

Victory Rolls



Our coaches and mentors are awesome as always. It's good they say what is being done beforehand so plans can be added to or changed to suit the skaters who will be there. If there is any spare time at the end they listen to what we want to do and help accordingly.

Foxy Blocks



Because Inters is such a small but perfectly formed group, the mentors and coaches are able to offer one-to-one advice which is invaluable. The drills with the Fights and Hawks are really rewarding, especially when you begin feeling a bit lost and by the end you can already see the improvement thanks to their instant feedback.

Fawn of the Dead



Always awesome, there's been some really good sessions that have managed to be both challenging and fun!

Huffletuff



With the support and teachings of our mentors and coaches I can actually see myself skating in a team in the not too distant future, they're so lovely and it's because of them and the support of my lovely fellow skaters that I've found the confidence in my abilities.

Chelseasmile


The coaches and mentors have been brilliant. They are great at coming up with different ways to help us learn or understand a drill and are always motivating and supportive.

Pain au Chocolat




...and each other...


It's been great seeing everyone grow in confidence and ability.

Victory Rolls



The other inters are a lovely supportive bunch with more experience so good to ask for advice.

Foxy Blocks



I love these guys! Everyone's always really encouraging and it's great to share my derby journey with them!

Huffletuff


The other inters are lovely, so dedicated and helpful and patient when someone needs more time to pick up a skill or drill.

Pain au Chocolat






We’ve scrimmed with the Hawks...


The scrims have been my favourite experience of the whole program, I love getting hit! It's great seeing how experienced skaters work together as a team and you see straight away what you need to work on and improve. Everyone has been so patient, so that's really appreciated.

Victory Rolls




More would be good to practise skills being taught. More directed scrims maybe to see tactics in action, so everything will hopefully 'click'.

Foxy Blocks



I have a love hate relationship with scrims, love playing, hate the nerves! But I really learned a lot from scrimming alongside some of the Hawks.

Huffletuff


I’ve enjoyed scrimming more this time around as I feel like I was able to contribute more to my team when on track (although my reaction times are pretty slow). It’s always useful to put skills and drills into practise and I’m looking forward to scrimming more.

Pain au Chocolat


And looking forward...


I'm not quite mins passed, so that's obviously a goal and I want to get higher with my jumps! My communication needs to be worked on a bit, as I sometimes forget to keep shouting.

Victory Rolls



Have baby and get back to skating! Get lower, learn more rules and get onto hawks to allow the chance to scrim more.

Foxy Blocks



I’d really like to improve my gameplay, the theory is getting there but putting it into practice is a different matter entirely!

Fawn of the Dead



Again it's to finally get 27 in 5 haha, it's like my nemesis! Also to learn more on track awareness.

Huffletuff



My goals for the future are to pass backwards skating and get myself into training with the girls on the teams, fingers crossed!

Chelseasmile











By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 9 2016 11:01AM


It's still September, it's still Fresh Meat Month (remember, taster session Saturday 17th at 2pm) and this week we spoke to Newbie Team Black - The Super Smash Hoes. We caught up with some of them to ask how they’ve been getting on as the session comes to a close. Here’s what Foxy Blocks, Corporal Punishment, Harrocane, Poody Cat, Fawn of the Dead and Huffletuff had to say.



What is your favourite thing about derby?


Skating! It’s so much fun, the camaraderie and supportive environment is second to none. All of my Aberdeen pals I’ve met through roller derby – it’s not just a sport, it’s a community. - Fawn of the Dead


Adrenaline when pulling off a good move, beating a pb and the competition with myself. - Foxy Blocks


Being part of a team, that sense of belonging, it’s a great laugh with the girls, and of course learning derby skills. - Harrocane


Amazing derby friends, also the skating. - Huffletuff


The community - such a fun, kind, varied group of women. It’s so much more than skating and hitting. - Corporal Punishment


The camaraderie and the feeling that even though you think you are not achieving goals as quickly as you think you should be, no one judges you and if anything they keep encouraging you. In general derby is the best thing I've been involved with - a wide range of different people, different skills and the shared derby passion. I can't rate the mentors and skaters that help week in week out highly enough. - Poody Cat



What has been your biggest challenge?


27 in 5.[skating 27 laps in 5 minutes] - Huffletuff


Being a newbie again, not being the best and stamina. - Foxy Blocks


'Coming out of my shell'. Being able to be more vocal and do things in front of people without feeling silly. I am more confident and am happy to accept the small things that I improve on even though I'm not achieving every single thing. - Poody Cat


Learning to skate! I couldn’t even stand on day one, still can’t skate now but every week I get better, stronger and faster. - Corporal Punishment


When I first started over a year ago I thought I would never pass 27/5 (top tip: everyone does!) but over the last session I’ve seen my technique improve so much to the point where I am consistently achieving it. Seriously though, the 30 second one-leg balance (that most nail in week 1) was probably the most difficult for me to pass! - Fawn of the Dead


Plow, true story - Harrocane



What is your goal / aim for next session?


To pass mins! [minimum skills test] - Harrocane


To move to inters and eventually the B team. I’m looking forward to the next challenge! - Corporal Punishment


Now that I’ve passed mins, it’s only just the start! Going up to Intermediates I want to learn more gameplay (and translate it into practice!), continue to find my pivot voice and be confident giving hits 100% of the time! - Fawn of the Dead


Continue working on my skills and learn some awesome new ones. - Huffletuff


Pass more things, get lower and learn more rules. - Foxy Blocks


My biggest goal for next session would be to try and get to the inters class. As a mum of three I don't have heaps of money to spend on myself so I intend to get better wheels and hopefully improve on all the mins categories next time round - I have my 50th in December so I hope to get my gear then!! - Poody Cat



By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 2 2016 11:31AM

It’s September, and that means FRESH MEAT MONTH!


Yes, GCRD are inviting all potential new skaters for a taster on Saturday 17th September. It’s fun, it’s free, why not come and have a go?


In case you’re not convinced we’ve got these guys to tell you what they think as they come to the end of the Fresh Meat Course.



Each New Intake group at GCRD is split into two teams, and choose team names based on a theme. This session the theme was “Computer Games” and our Freshies became the “Super Smash Hoes” and the “Wreck it Rollers”.


This week we asked the Wreck it Rollers a few questions on how they’ve been finding the course as they get ready for their upcoming Graduation Scrim.


Here’s what Kim Reaper, Capsblock, Sweedy Gonzales, Freckled Frenzy and Chelseasmile had to say.



What is your favourite thing about Derby?


The bant! All the girls, the company and all the fun and laughter that comes with the sport. - Freckled Frenzy


How encouraging and inclusive everyone is, regardless of your skill level everyone is made to feel like they are a part of the club. Plus it's exciting! - Victory Rolls


Team spirit and all the awesome people. - Sweedy Gonzales


The sisterhood! No seriously, sports + feminism = <3 - Capsblock


It’s something that I do for myself (away from my kids!) that’s heaps of fun and a great workout! - Kim Reaper


There’s such a family community! It’s a great way to exercise! I’m so much stronger and confident since starting Derby! I’m learning to love myself because of it! - Chelseasmile



What has been your biggest challenge?


Late nights and keeping going when it feels like you’re failing. - Sweedy Gonzales


27 in 5!! (skating 27 laps in 5 minutes) And jumps but amazingly I’ve passed both this session! - Chelseasmile


Clockwise transitions (turning from skating forwards to skating backwards) were tricky, but after lots of practise I got it! - Kim Reaper


Speed, it still scares me but I’m getting there. - Freckled Frenzy


Skillwise, 27 in 5. Mental toughness wise, letting myself find “my” pace of learning. - Capsblock


Taking a hit for the first time, but then I realised that I love it! - Victory Rolls



What is your goal / aim for next session?


I’m moving back to Australia soon but I will definitely continue with derby! - Kim Reaper


Add another 0.5 lap to my 27 in 5. - Capsblock


27 in 5! - Freckled Frenzy


Not get too many penalties during Grad Scrim. - Sweedy Gonzales


Pass my backwards skating! It’s the only thing left on mins! And progress well enough for Tuesday training! - Chelseasmile


To be more confident at backwards skating and get my head around backwards crossovers. I have a bit of a mental block with where I should put my feet. - Victory Rolls


Next time we find out how the Super Smash Hoes have been getting on!


By granitecityrollerderby, May 12 2015 08:55PM

Ballistic Whistle (Head Coach - Team England, Coach Captain - Southern Discomfort, Coach - London Rollergirls) stopped by Aberdeen as part of his grand tour of Scotland! We were treated to an extra special training session, where he shared a huge range of skills, tips, and tricks. We certainly learnt loads, and we thank Ballistic so much for making the trip to the Granite City!

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