Roller Girl Gang was established in January 2015 by Len & Mel.
Roller Girl Gang's mission is to spread the enjoyment and love for roller skating by making the sport more accessible through events, workshops, classes and collaboration with like-minded people around the world. We also skate as often as possible; outdoors when the Yorkshire weather allows!
The Founders Story
Mel and Len learned to roller skate by playing roller derby with Hot Wheel Roller Derby - the only team to skate without stoppers! Thanks to coach John for a giving us excellent foundation skate skills. However, both were primary school teachers and mums, and finding a balance became increasingly tricky.
The natural lift from rolling on 8 wheels had to continue though, so skating continued wherever possible, in skate parks, roller discos and outdoors. Friends kept asking for roller skate lessons, so Mel and Len became British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF) qualified instructors and started classes in Leeds.
Roller Girl Gang have run fully booked learn to roller skate courses for adults for 4 years, and regularly had 60-80 people attend the range of classes offered (before lockdown!). Progression has been built into all the skate sessions, and coaches are also on hand to offer guidance and feedback. This ensures our participants make the best progress. We value co-operation over competition, so our classes are skills based and lots of fun! We are proud of the community we have built and how each person in our community inspires other people to learn to roller skate.
It is humbling to have participants say "I’ve achieved more than I thought possible," and hear about the effects that increased confidence brings to other parts of their lives. Even better, many of the participants from our Skate Fundamentals course choose to continue their skate journey with us by attending intermediate classes, roller dance classes, skate park sessions or just by coming along to roll-outs, meet-ups and events.
We welcome everyone to our classes and sessions.
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Meet the Gangsters
Gangsters are positive people, who make time for skating in their busy lives, and encourage others to give roller skating a go too! These individuals who live pretty 'regular' lives and have roller skating as their secret super power.