New BBC iPlayer programme explores the world of Roller Derby

The BBC takes a look at Europe’s fastest-growing female sport in a new documentary, Roller Derby: Skate Fast, Hit Hard – a programme bespoke for BBC iPlayer, available to view from today.

Published: 20 November 2015
It’s a unique sport for many reasons but especially for being female-driven and -dominated. It continues to mature and grow as a sport and I wanted everyone to see how amazing the people are who play it.
— Helen Richmond, Director

It follows two skaters, Kiki Kapow and Barbarsim, as their teams, Rainy City Roller Girls and the North Cheshire Victory Rollers, prepare to play each other for the first time at Europe’s only dedicated skate venue, the Thunderdome in Oldham.

The 20-minute documentary looks at the sport, the training and the determination involved - featuring a diverse mix of people who get involved in inclusive grass-roots sports - and see Roller Derby played at its highest level.

Director Helen Richmond says: “I feel really passionate about equality, empowerment and people having their voices heard, and I found this within the Roller Derby community. It’s a unique sport for many reasons but especially for being female-driven and -dominated. It continues to mature and grow as a sport and I wanted everyone to see how amazing the people are who play it.”

Roller Derby is a full-contact team sport played on quad roller skates. The UK’s first Roller Derby league started in London, England, in 2006 and nine years later there are now over 100 leagues and it is still growing. Roller Derby: Skate Fast, Hit Hard is interlaced with fascinating history of the sport which include alter-ego player names, costumes and face-paints.

Sharon Fuller, Project Lead for the BBC's Get Inspired, says: “Get Inspired is always looking for fun and different ways for people to get active and that is why we love Roller Derby. It is an inclusive community that welcomes all shapes, all abilities and ages.”

Roller Derby: Skate Fast, Hit Hard can be viewed via the BBC iPlayer here: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p037z12p

Visit the Get Inspired website for exclusive how-to videos with the Roller Derby stars, information on how you can also get involved, and have fun with their interactive Roller Derby Name Generator.

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