Saturday, 30 June 2012

Marcus Jenkins - Southern Discomfort Mens Roller Derby.

Post shared by Marcus Jenkins, Longboarder and Roller Derby Player/Referee from London.

Roller Derby is a niche sport that you've probably heard about, it's growing at an immense pace in the UK and all over the world. What you might not know is that is wasn't always an all girl's sport and isn't any longer. Derby was played by men and women from the 1940s to 1970s and was one of the few mainstream (it rivalled football in ratings at one point!) sports to have men and women playing side by side. The all girl derby revolution that came from Texas has spread across the globe with men (mostly) being referees and coaches. More recently these guys have taken their love of the sport and set up their own men's (and mixed) leagues so they can play too.

One such league is Southern Discomfort, based in London and now the largest men's league in Europe with around 30 members. With those numbers it's now possible to field two teams for a one off SDRD vs SDRD intraleague bout! Come next Saturday we'll see some of the best skaters in the country, playing alongside complete rookies which will be at the very least, spectacular. Men's derby is faster and harder hitting than women’s but, at present lacks some of the tactical finesse. This makes it exciting to watch, even if you've never seen a bout, just be careful of the “suicide seats” as skaters are regularly flung into the crowd!

It's only £5 so make your way to Windsor and prepare for a good ol' time!

Windsor Leisure Centre, Clewer Mead, Stovell Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5JB
Doors (and bar!) opens: 4:00pm
First Whistle: 4:30pm
All over: 6:30pm
Adults (over13): £5
Under 13s: FREE!

Tickets available from our Homepage

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