brought to you by DRD roller, Jetson.
Roller Derby (DRD) are pretty stoked to share our first column for Rollin’ News
*insert wrist guard claps here*
that through these monthly columns we can inspire, motivate and encourage both
our own league, and others out there…AKA you guys!
leagues, we’ve had our fair share of struggles, tribulations and trials. As
well as many successes, joys and smiles - yes, I like to rhyme. But I won’t
punish you to read my terrible puns and poems…well, not TOO much anyway.
some of the challenges we experience may not be an issue for your local teams,
due to the fact that we are based in the Middle-East
as you can imagine, can be tricky at times in the Gulf. Setting up and
maintaining a league, recruiting for and promoting it whilst upholding cultural
sensitivity, finding a suitable practice location, and perpetuating motivation
haven’t been easy but we’ve made it! AND we are here to stay.
O’Connell, founder of DRD, knows all about these issues; setting up our league
from scratch, here in Dubai. When asked what have been some of the biggest
challenges for DRD, she told us; “Dubai is such a transient place - people are
always coming and going. Add into the mix really long working hours; it can be
difficult for people to make a solid commitment to a regular training schedule.
Especially when you are building something from the ground up. ”
big hurdle for the league is the heat! If you find yourself without an
indoor, air-conditioned training facility during the summer period; you may as
well write-off group practice until you DO find a suitable indoor space.
during the summer of 2013, DRD faced this problem. Just as the league was
gaining momentum and many new members, practice got reduced from twice weekly
training sessions, to none at all.
temperature peaking at an excruciating 51C degrees (123.8 Fahrenheit) it’s not
the most inspiring or motivating atmosphere for outdoor skating. However, DRD
powered on where we could.
up being an outdoor hockey pitch at a popular tennis academy and training
sessions starting later in the evening to try escape the heat; but not the
delighted to say that we now have a really great home with vinyl floors, dual
locker-rooms, bleachers, enough room for a full track and even a point timer on
which have enabled us to return to a twice weekly training schedule for both
our recreational and competitive practices.
beginning of this year, we have made a conscious decision to really drive and
push awareness of DRD through Social Media and we are now maintaining eight
platforms – check out the links at the bottom of this article.
2014, saw us hold our largest Fresh Meat Night. It was a roaring success
with over 32 skaters attending, as well as marking the official start of Season
league, we have gone through an organizational re-structuring, which so far is
working really well. DRD has split practices into both recreational and
competitive; each focusing on different levels of skill but both working
towards a common goal; ensuring that every member of DRD is a safe, confident
and athletic skater by the time they pass minimum skills.
success of recruitment, social media promotion, marketing, social events and
training for our two teams, 2014 looks set to be another milestone year.
we have more members, a new structure, an engagement, a few weddings, a couple
of babies on the way, a sprinkling of guest refs, some great sponsorship
interest; allowing us to buy gear locally instead of having to ship it in,
solidified relationships and mass of new ‘DRD ARMY’ fans.
forgetting you and this new column of course! All in all, it’s shaping up to be
a great year for us.
find out more about DRD, read up-to-date news, and keep afloat of events at dubairollerderby.com and facebook.com/dubairollerderby
sign off our first column with some words of inspiration for our Fresh Meat;
“Keep on skatin’ and hold your head up high. You’re
a derby gal’ now.”
Jetson @ Dubai Roller Derby
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