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Please read:  On October 11th our very own Goldishocks is cutting 20” off of her hair in aid of The Little Princess Trust and she needs your help.The aim is to raise £1000 for this wonderful cause and send off her hair to make wigs for children with with Cancer or Alopecia who are undergoing treatment. Despite the name, the trust makes wigs for little boys as well but without donations like this, the trust can’t go on.Please sponsor Kelly by texting LOCS77 and the amount you wish to donate - £1-£5 or £10 to 70070.Donate, share and help. Thank you!

Please read:

  On October 11th our very own Goldishocks is cutting 20” off of her hair in aid of The Little Princess Trust and she needs your help.

The aim is to raise £1000 for this wonderful cause and send off her hair to make wigs for children with with Cancer or Alopecia who are undergoing treatment. Despite the name, the trust makes wigs for little boys as well but without donations like this, the trust can’t go on.


Please sponsor Kelly by texting LOCS77 and the amount you wish to donate - £1-£5 or £10 to 70070.


Donate, share and help. Thank you!

RUBY RUINS #619- What inspired you to start skating?I was leaving netball practice when I passed this hall full of girls on skates bashing each other and having a really good laugh. I decided to pop my head in and have a look, I put my first ever pair of skates on the following week and joined the team. Now I can’t imagine not playing roller derby!- What do you want to achieve as a skater?As cheesy as it sounds - to be the best that I can be….to knock Optimus off her skates one day and to beat Skullduggery in laps of course!- Who’s your skate idol?Raw Heidi!!! *swoon!!* She’s epic…especially the hair!!-What are you skating on at the moment?At the moment I’m rocking Bonts and Heartless wheels…but I’m not telling you my wheel set up - Decribe your roller derby journey.My very first scrim was appalling! I didn’t know what I was doing or what the rules were properly so it’s safe to say I’ve defiantly improved!Since I started skating I’ve always had a strong group of ladies around me to keep me going and to tell me honestly when I’m playing and training rubbish and to pick me up when I doubt myself! I’m very competitive so that helps me improve too and keeps me pushing myself forward!- Why NPT?Hitting people! I’m joking….a little bit The people - My team mates are unique and crazy and as weird as it comes but they work their butts off and never quit!! It’s like having a huge family who aren’t afraid to knock you on your ass then laugh when you hit them back!FUN FACT!I won the welsh powerlifting championships in 2006 and I used to be Brewster bear (from brewers fayer/brewsters)

RUBY RUINS #619


- What inspired you to start skating?

I was leaving netball practice when I passed this hall full of girls on skates bashing each other and having a really good laugh. I decided to pop my head in and have a look, I put my first ever pair of skates on the following week and joined the team. Now I can’t imagine not playing roller derby!


- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

As cheesy as it sounds - to be the best that I can be….to knock Optimus off her skates one day and to beat Skullduggery in laps of course!


- Who’s your skate idol?

Raw Heidi!!! *swoon!!* She’s epic…especially the hair!!


-What are you skating on at the moment?

At the moment I’m rocking Bonts and Heartless wheels…but I’m not telling you my wheel set up 


- Decribe your roller derby journey.

My very first scrim was appalling! I didn’t know what I was doing or what the rules were properly so it’s safe to say I’ve defiantly improved!
Since I started skating I’ve always had a strong group of ladies around me to keep me going and to tell me honestly when I’m playing and training rubbish and to pick me up when I doubt myself! I’m very competitive so that helps me improve too and keeps me pushing myself forward!


- Why NPT?

Hitting people! I’m joking….a little bit 
The people - My team mates are unique and crazy and as weird as it comes but they work their butts off and never quit!! It’s like having a huge family who aren’t afraid to knock you on your ass then laugh when you hit them back!


FUN FACT!
I won the welsh powerlifting championships in 2006 and I used to be Brewster bear (from brewers fayer/brewsters)

Say happy birthday too…CARYSMATIC #18
- What inspired you to start skating?I got into it the cheesy way and saw “Whip It!” like a lot of people. I started searching for local roller derby teams and found the Slayers who pointed me in the direction of NPT. I wasn’t 18 yet so couldn’t train, but a few of the first NPT members were doing a meet and greet in a pub and convinced me to come along. 1 session and I was hooked, I even ran home and anyone who knows me knows I don’t run!- What do you want to achieve as a skater?I want to constantly improve my skill. I want to be strong and fast and the best of Jammer and Blocker I can be. The idea is to be an all round player, double threat and be the best I can be.- Who’s your skate idol?I have a few. Kid Block is my biggest derby crush!- What are you skating on at the moment?Still on my first pair of skates, good ol’ R3’s. I’m between wheels right now.- Why NPT?They are my home team. They are my first team. They have built me up to be the skater I am now.We’re like a huge family and I’m the baby of the team but don’t let that fool you, please! I’ve had ups and downs with good games and bad injuries but have always found a home in this team.FUN FACT!Carys’ favourite movie is Ferris Buellers Day Off and can recite every word. Especially all the musical numbers

Say happy birthday too…

CARYSMATIC #18



- What inspired you to start skating?

I got into it the cheesy way and saw “Whip It!” like a lot of people. I started searching for local roller derby teams and found the Slayers who pointed me in the direction of NPT. I wasn’t 18 yet so couldn’t train, but a few of the first NPT members were doing a meet and greet in a pub and convinced me to come along. 1 session and I was hooked, I even ran home and anyone who knows me knows I don’t run!


- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

I want to constantly improve my skill. I want to be strong and fast and the best of Jammer and Blocker I can be. The idea is to be an all round player, double threat and be the best I can be.

- Who’s your skate idol?

I have a few. Kid Block is my biggest derby crush!


- What are you skating on at the moment?

Still on my first pair of skates, good ol’ R3’s. I’m between wheels right now.


- Why NPT?
They are my home team. They are my first team. They have built me up to be the skater I am now.
We’re like a huge family and I’m the baby of the team but don’t let that fool you, please! I’ve had ups and downs with good games and bad injuries but have always found a home in this team.



FUN FACT!
Carys’ favourite movie is Ferris Buellers Day Off and can recite every word. Especially all the musical numbers

GOLDISHOCKS #777

- What inspired you to start skating?
I fell into derby by accident. Started outdoor skating for fun, then joined NPT never looked back, the rest is Derby history.

- What do you want to achieve as a skater?
To have fun, improve my skill and be the best I can.

- Who’s your skate idol?
Every woman I skate with. This sport 
takes commitment and sacrifice, it’s not easy when you have to balance work and family.

- What are you skating on at the moment?
Riedell R3

- Describe your roller derby journey.
I put skates on. Learned a lot from everyone, worked on my strength and stamina to improve my game.

- Why NPT?
Love my derby family, each player encourages and supports each other for the improvement of the team. There are no individuals in NPT just players who gel together and have fun.


FUN FACT!

I broke my arm when I was a kid climbing a tree cos I didn’t want the boys to get the better of me!!!

GOLDISHOCKS #777

- What inspired you to start skating?

I fell into derby by accident. Started outdoor skating for fun, then joined NPT never looked back, the rest is Derby history.

- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

To have fun, improve my skill and be the best I can.

- Who’s your skate idol?

Every woman I skate with. This sport 

takes commitment and sacrifice, it’s not easy when you have to balance work and family.

- What are you skating on at the moment?

Riedell R3

- Describe your roller derby journey.

I put skates on. Learned a lot from everyone, worked on my strength and stamina to improve my game.

- Why NPT?

Love my derby family, each player encourages and supports each other for the improvement of the team. There are no individuals in NPT just players who gel together and have fun.

FUN FACT!

I broke my arm when I was a kid climbing a tree cos I didn’t want the boys to get the better of me!!!

Cheese #9- What inspired you to start skating?My friends Duggie and Gemma were having loads of fun playing derby for another team and motivated me to get in touch with NPT.- What do you want to achieve as a skater?I just want to be able to hold my own, be an asset to the team.- Who’s your skate idol?I have to say all the girls in NPT have different strengths and all have aspects that I would like to emulate – when I’m good enough.- What are you skating on at the moment?I am skating on GT50s and the wheels that they came on- Describe your roller derby journey.I’m pretty much obsessed. It’s not just the skating, it’s seeing everyone at training as well. I would say I’ve progressed nicely, but I’ve still got a lot to work on.- Why NPT roller derby?I’m a mum of two, and I work from home and so I’d been looking for something to be involved in and NPTRD gave me that – it’s like an extra family. Everyone looks out for each other, everyone motivates and helps each other and most of all, it’s really really fun. We laugh all the time!FUN FACT!Cheese is Jen’s maiden name and she really likes medieval warfare

Cheese #9


- What inspired you to start skating?

My friends Duggie and Gemma were having loads of fun playing derby for another team and motivated me to get in touch with NPT.


- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

I just want to be able to hold my own, be an asset to the team.


- Who’s your skate idol?

I have to say all the girls in NPT have different strengths and all have aspects that I would like to emulate – when I’m good enough.


- What are you skating on at the moment?
I am skating on GT50s and the wheels that they came on


- Describe your roller derby journey.

I’m pretty much obsessed. It’s not just the skating, it’s seeing everyone at training as well. I would say I’ve progressed nicely, but I’ve still got a lot to work on.


- Why NPT roller derby?

I’m a mum of two, and I work from home and so I’d been looking for something to be involved in and NPTRD gave me that – it’s like an extra family. Everyone looks out for each other, everyone motivates and helps each other and most of all, it’s really really fun. We laugh all the time!


FUN FACT!
Cheese is Jen’s maiden name and she really likes medieval warfare

Moll Esther 88

- What inspired you to start skating?

 I had always liked skating, ice skating and roller blading when I was younger….but derby has an edge and pushes all my buttons!

- What are you skating on at the moment?

At the moment I’m on my Anarchys and waiting for my new Antiks to arrive any day.


- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

If one day I could be about a 10th as good as Re-AnimateHer I’ll be well happy.


-Why NPT?

NPT is a fantastic league to be part of we are constantly having a giggle, a play fight or a cwtch!  But don’t let that fool you…

FUN FACT!Esther is an Aircraft Engine Mechanic, and has worked in Holland, Germany, Norway, USA and lived in Australia for 5 years

Moll Esther 88

- What inspired you to start skating?

 I had always liked skating, ice skating and roller blading when I was younger….but derby has an edge and pushes all my buttons!

- What are you skating on at the moment?

At the moment I’m on my Anarchys and waiting for my new Antiks to arrive any day.

- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

If one day I could be about a 10th as good as Re-AnimateHer I’ll be well happy.

-Why NPT?

NPT is a fantastic league to be part of we are constantly having a giggle, a play fight or a cwtch!  But don’t let that fool you…

FUN FACT!
Esther is an Aircraft Engine Mechanic, and has worked in Holland, Germany, Norway, USA and lived in Australia for 5 years

Spinal Snap #11- What inspired you to start skating?I’ve never been the type of person to play any kind of sport. At school, being the smallest in my PE class meant that I was always picked last for the netball team! But after seeing a “Roller Derby 101” video online, that was that, I was determinded to find a team and give it a go. One session down, and I was hooked. - What do you want to achieve as a skater?I just wanna work hard, continue to get stronger, and be the derby player that my team really deserves. -What are you skating on at the moment?Trusty Riedell R3’s with a Heartless pusher set up of 92a’s and 88a’s.- Describe your roller derby journey.It feels like I’ve learnt something new after every training session. People always tell me that I “must be mental”. Well that might be true, but they don’t realise the adrenaline rush that roller derby brings. It’s exciting and unpredictable. Sure, I’ve had a break here and a fracture there, but bones heal- Why NPT?Being part of NPT is amazing. We’re one big, crazy derby family. We work hard, but we play hard too.FUN FACT!Sam is the guitarist and singer for an awesome, all female rock band THE KIX!!

Spinal Snap #11

- What inspired you to start skating?

I’ve never been the type of person to play any kind of sport. At school, being the smallest in my PE class meant that I was always picked last for the netball team! But after seeing a “Roller Derby 101” video online, that was that, I was determinded to find a team and give it a go. One session down, and I was hooked. 

- What do you want to achieve as a skater?

I just wanna work hard, continue to get stronger, and be the derby player that my team really deserves. 

-What are you skating on at the moment?

Trusty Riedell R3’s with a Heartless pusher set up of 92a’s and 88a’s.

- Describe your roller derby journey.

It feels like I’ve learnt something new after every training session. People always tell me that I “must be mental”. Well that might be true, but they don’t realise the adrenaline rush that roller derby brings. It’s exciting and unpredictable. Sure, I’ve had a break here and a fracture there, but bones heal

- Why NPT?
Being part of NPT is amazing. We’re one big, crazy derby family. We work hard, but we play hard too.

FUN FACT!
Sam is the guitarist and singer for an awesome, all female rock band THE KIX!!

Learning to skate course - My experience by Holly Aspey


After my first session learning to roller skate I had never been so sweaty and out of breath yet with such a big smile on my face… except maybe in the bedroom..!!!

I was sat at my desk four weeks ago at my 9-5 job thinking to myself ‘there must be more to life than this’ when, as though reading my mind, Neath Port Talbot Roller Derby sneaked up on my work’s Twitter feed advertising their ‘learn to skate 10 week course.’ I was instantly sold - convinced it was some sort of sign!

The girls in the team cover photo looked cool and friendly; tattooed and smiling. I knew I needed a drastic change to snap me out of my ground hog day daily routine and maybe this was exactly what I had been searching for!

It was only until I was sat in the roller skating hall with 10 other terrified newbies; strapped from head to toe in safety wear and skates attached to my feet raising me inches off the ground, that I realized what I was doing… ‘what have you gotten yourself into now?’

It was all well and good trying to look cool in front of my friends, telling them I’d joined a roller derby team, but now I’d actually have to stand up on these skates and move around on them which probably wouldn’t look so cool!!

I’m renowned for my awful balance; falling over on nights out, tipping coffee over customers in my waitressing days, not being able to turn left on a push bike without falling off and just generally tripping up over my own feet. What on earth was I doing?

As I was pondering all this, a lovely girl from the team took my hand and slowly but surely we made our way around the track. I couldn’t believe I was a natural; if I could skate when I fall over casually walking down a street then I’m sure this could be a sport for anyone!!

As the lessons went on I was skating on my own, learning how to fall and stop and different styles of skating! I think the best thing about learning to skate is how easily you pick it up. In only a few hours you can really see your progression.

It gives me a huge sense of fulfillment knowing that I can skate and now instead of just telling my friends I’ve joined a roller skating team I can actually show them or even teach them a thing or two myself - and it’s only week four! I highly recommend taking up roller skating to anyone looking for an exciting new change in their lives!

The team are enthusiastic with a genuine passion for the sport which is really inspiring for us learners. Usually after a day in work the last thing I’d be thinking about is participating in physical exercise but I can’t wait to get my skates on and break a sweat!

I’m so happy I’ve started roller skating it’s a huge positive change in my life that is hopefully a permanent one. For now it’s just a bit of fun for me but who knows, I’ve heard they might be making roller derby into an Olympic sport!!

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Learn to skate week 1

The last month we have been out on mass spreading the word about our learn to skate course. After a lot of effort we awaited anxiously “how many will turn up? do we have enough gear?” were the thoughts running through our head. 

To our amazement we were fine 10 turned up and yes we had enough gear, phew. We started off getting everyone used to their skates you could see some fearful faces as they either tried skating for the first time or was the first time in a long time. We then stretched and everyone introduced themselves. 

We mainly went over balance and stance everyone was surprised how they could balance on one foot which give them the confidence that they were all able to get the basics of skating down. We then went over falls so everyone got used to falling forwards instead of on their bums, there was some dubious faces as we asked them to fall to their knees but after that the fear factor of skating got smaller and people who were holding on to my hand at the start of the session were skating along on their own by the end of it.

Was a great session and we have a lovely bunch of people who are all fabulous.  Next week onto stops!

Learn to skate week 1

The last month we have been out on mass spreading the word about our learn to skate course. After a lot of effort we awaited anxiously “how many will turn up? do we have enough gear?” were the thoughts running through our head. 

To our amazement we were fine 10 turned up and yes we had enough gear, phew. We started off getting everyone used to their skates you could see some fearful faces as they either tried skating for the first time or was the first time in a long time. We then stretched and everyone introduced themselves. 

We mainly went over balance and stance everyone was surprised how they could balance on one foot which give them the confidence that they were all able to get the basics of skating down. We then went over falls so everyone got used to falling forwards instead of on their bums, there was some dubious faces as we asked them to fall to their knees but after that the fear factor of skating got smaller and people who were holding on to my hand at the start of the session were skating along on their own by the end of it.

Was a great session and we have a lovely bunch of people who are all fabulous. Next week onto stops!

Sunday will be our last advanced Sunday session so we will be opening it as a open skate for all levels 18+, advanced sessions will now be mondays 7-9 old min skills passed starting 8th July. We will be having scrimmages once a month on a Sunday 10:30 - 12:30 any teams interested please get in contact.