Phil’s 5-Minute Skills

Phil’s 5-Minute Skills

Wednesday, May 08, 2019


Derby Direct


  1. Photo credit : Shirlaine Forrest
    07 Apr, 2019
    An Interview with Wolf from Manchester Roller Derby
    Photo credit : Shirlaine Forrest I had the pleasure to interview Wolf #57, who I met a few years ago for the first time and whose determination inspires me every day.  If anything I learned that determination is key in becoming a successful Roller Derby Player!     Skater Name: Wolf Number: 57 League: Manchester Roller Derby Team: New Wheeled Order / Chaos Engine Crossover Year you started roller derby: 2017 Q. What is your pre-derby sports/skating background? A. I didn't do much sport from
  2. Becoming myself in roller derby - an LGBT journey
    02 Apr, 2019
    Becoming myself in roller derby - an LGBT journey
    This is an open letter to anyone who feels different. Oh hey, that’s all of us. It’s been a big few days for me and my league. All in the same weekend, I refereed my first British champs games and my league was shortlisted for a diversity award, the day before Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). All of these events, for me especially, have a really important connection. You see, I’m a transgender man. Refereeing champs as my true self was scary, exciting, tiring… but most of all, a bit
  3. An interview with Frostbite
    27 Jan, 2019
    An interview with Frostbite
    It’s such a joy to see your team mates pass their minimum skills. It’s especially a joy when you are their coach, and you watch them blossom from a wobbly-legged freshie into a fully fledged skater and a pivotal part in your wheelie family. This interview is with someone who to me, is just that. Briony (Frostbite #85) passed her minimum skills last night (25.1.2019 at time of writing) after starting on our beginner’s course only 7 months ago! What a roller coaster it has been, and a pleasure to
  4. Recruiting people  with free cake
    22 Nov, 2018
    Recruiting people with free cake
    Just yesterday I contributed to a post in the "Freshies worldwide" Facebook group, about the most effective ways to recruit for your league. This is such a huge part of roller derby, obviously because you need members to form a team! My league is 3.5 years old now, and part of my role has always been finding the best ways to recruit people. My contribution to the post yesterday was all about our skate & cake event, and it seemed to get a lot of interest, so I thought I'd write a bit about what
  5. Hive Skate hub, Manchester
    15 Aug, 2018
    Hive Skate hub, Manchester
    You may have heard about a brand new venture in Manchester, "Hive Skate Hub". We got really excited about this and wanted to find out more, so last week we caught up with Missy Rascal & Blondie from Rainy City to find out what makes it stand out from all the rest. Here's the low down: "Hive Skate Hub is primarily a skate shop, providing a range of roller skating products with a specialism in roller derby. We stock the latest products that a beginner or advanced roller derby skater will need
  6. An interview with Archie
    01 Aug, 2018
    An interview with Archie
    Our second interview in the series is with Archie, or Oil Panic, or Police Machine, or... we''ll just stick with Archie for now! From the bonny Bairn City Rollers in central Scotland, Archie knows a thing or two about roller derby! Hi! Tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Archie and I play/ref/announce/coach/antagonise for Bairn City Rollers, which is Scotland’s oldest open to all league (our WFTDA aligned team are the Central Belters, our MRDA aligned team is the Skelpies). We are based in
  7. An interview with Stephanie Coffin
    05 Jul, 2018
    An interview with Stephanie Coffin
    Our very first blog post is the first in a series of guest interviews, and this interview is with none other than the amazing Coffin / Spark Plug from Anchor City Rollers. Thank you Coffin for a great interview! Hi! Can you start by telling us a little about yourself? Where are you located? What league do you skate for? How long did you coach fresh meat? So my name is Stephanie Coffin, I am located out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My derby name is Coffin, my ref name is Spark Plug, and my