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The Norfolk Brawds Christmas Brawdy Bash!

The Norfolk Brawds are feeling MEGA excited right now as we plan for our first ever Christmas Brawdy Bash on Saturday the 20th December and we want to party with YOU!

We’ll be holding our bash at Epic Studios on Magdalen Street in Norwich, it’s a more intimate venue than the UEA, with a bar fully stocked with Christmas cheer, and the perfect spot for us to introduce our Intraleague teams who will be battling it out to be the winners of the Norfolk Brawds Christmas Cup!

Intraleague teams are teams made up of skaters all from within the Norfolk Brawds league, who would normally skate for either our A or B Teams, but in our off season come together to train as the blingtastic Ouse Your Daddies or the super Steam Punk Yare Yare Yares to find out who is top of the league.

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After the game your ticket allows you entry to the after party where you can enjoy some legendary Roller Derby after party fun and rock out into the small hours with your favourite Roller Girls and Boys! We’ve got dancing, Christmas tunes, karaoke and a pretty special charity raffle featuring prizes from our sponsors Zaks, Indigo Tattoo studio, Style Health & Fitness and free gig tickets from Epic Studios.

All this costs just £7 in advance or £10 on the door, but don’t hang around for your tickets, as the smaller venue space at Epic means that only limited numbers are available!

Doors open at 4:30pm, first whistle is 5pm, then stick around for the after party!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Norfolk Brawds Fitness Partners Style Health & Fitness

The Norfolk Brawds are really excited to announce we have a new fitness partner to help us get fighting fit for our next season.

Style Health & Fitness on Ber Street in Norwich is a small but perfectly formed gym offering classes, weights, cardio and personal training, as well as spa facilities and massage.

Our favourite place to be is “The Yard” where come rain or shine, night or day, we’re working with Paul on specially created, Derby specific workouts to improve our leg and core strength, agility and fitness.

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We’re working with Style at 2 sessions a week, on Derby specific cross training, and it makes a huge difference to our performance on track, plus we get to try out things we might not have tried before. Like spinning sessions in the dark with disco lights to heavy metal music!

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If you fancy signing up to the gym and getting yourself Derby fit, then you can pop over and see Style who will be at our Christmas Intraleague bout and Christmas Party on the 20th December (watch this space for more news on that!), or you can pop in and see them, give them a call on  or email them at

Zaks American Diners Renews Sponsorship of Norfolk Brawds

We’re pleased to announce (a few months late, but better late than never!) that our fabulous sponsors from last season have decided to renew their sponsorship with us again for 2014/15.

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Zaks Fine American Restaurants currently have 3 venues around Norwich where you can tuck into a Philthy Burger named in honour of the Norfolk Brawds Captain Philthy Delphia surrounded by rather fabulous American Diner themed decor.

You will, of course, be able to spot the Zaks logo on the Brawds uniforms as well!

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Even better, as a Norfolk Brawds Roller Derby fan if you wear one of our T Shirts at any Zaks restaurant, you’ll get 10% off your dinner! If you love Zaks and don’t have a t-shirt yet then you can get one from Brawd run business Bad Kitty for just £12.

We look forward to working with Zaks again over the coming year, eating lots of Burgers, and taking part in some fun events!

Norfolk Brawds vs The Crucibelles

With the 2014 Heartland Series reaching its nail-biting climax, the Norfolk Brawds took time out from their busy training schedule to put on one of our hugely popular home games at the UEA Sportspark. The people of Norfolk lined the bleachers for ‘Mutiny on the Bouty’ to watch 3 games of Roller Derby with the Brawds’ All Stars taking on Sheffield Steel Roller Girl’s formidable Crucibelles in the headline game. When the final whistle sounded, the Brawds emerged victorious 229 – 98 but, the game was not all plain sailing.

Given the impressive performances of our newly signed off skaters during the midday ‘cherry popper’ it’s no wonder the All Stars got off to a rip-roaring start. With mere seconds on the jam clock, Brawds’ jammer Penny Slain, recently back from a two month injury lay-off, burst through the Crucibelles’ pack to be the game’s inaugural lead jammer. Buoyed on by the bell-ringing, foot-stomping home crowd the Brawds’ jammers racked up fifty unanswered points with the help of their seemingly impenetrable walls of blockers. With Teki-Bomb, Kelly KaPOWski, Slammin’ Siren, and SinSarahty neutralising every Crucibelle’s advance, it was left to the likes of Philthy Delphia and Colletteral Damage to do what comes naturally to them and put points on the board.

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However, as the half progressed, the Crucibelles began to show their ‘steel’ and slowly began to get a foothold in the game. Despite disciplined defensive work from Brawds’ blockers Yours Truly and Short Circuit, the Crucibelles began to slowly claw back points one jam at a time, thanks in part to the brave and determined manoeuvers of ‘belle Claire D Area. As the two teams exchanged points and blows, Brawd Cruel Runnings followed up last months impressive jammer debut with another solid display of seemingly implausible balance and the kind of brute force that opposing jammers have come to dread. By the half time whistle the two teams were separated only by the points the Brawds had scored early on in the half and thus the second half was poised to be a battle the likes of which Nelson himself would be proud.

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It was clear from the outset of the second half that the Crucibelles’ meant business. The Brawds once again came out strong looking to hit the ground rolling but this time they found the Crucibelle’s wall ready and waiting. Big hits from Miss C Elliot and My Lethal Pony left the Brawds in little doubt they had a game on their hands. With the momentum beginning to swing towards the visitors the Brawds bench unleashed a series of power line-ups in order to turn the tide back in their favour. The early jams replicated the success of the first 15 minutes with the Brawds picking up a smattering of points after a number of lucrative assists by blocker, Zippy. Slowly and surely the main jammer rotation of Damage, Philthy, Slain and Cruel found the gaps in the ‘belles’ defence and the soul destroying, energy sapping blocks from NoTorious, Slim Slainey, Dirty Deegs and co. began to erode the resolve of the opposition. This coupled with the imposing furore of the home crowd’s support meant that by the time the bout clock hit zero, the Brawds had doubled their first half bounty and limited the Crucibelles to a modest haul of 29.

All this means that the Norfolk Brawds head into their final Heartlands bout against Hell’s Belles (Hertfordshire) riding the wave of two consecutive victories. With a play-off qualification now sadly a mathematical impossibility the Brawds will be skating hard to secure their third place in the table and into the off season with all the confidence of a team on the up.

Photos courtesy of Near the Coast

Come and join our Mutiny on the BOUTy

Avast me hearties!

This Saturday the Norfolk Brawds bring you Mutiny on the BOUTy. A full, awesome, fun packed day of Roller Derby fun!

Tickets are £7 from UEA Box Office, or £10 on the door. Children under 16 are just £5, and under 12 they get in completely free! That’s not a lot of money for a great day out!

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This bout day is a triple header, so be there from 11:30 to catch the mixed opener game between the Sailor Jerrys and the Malicious Mermaids. The teams will be made up of new skaters from all across the country who’ve come together for their first bout! Come along and cheer them on!

 

Next up is our Mens Team – The East Anglo Smacksons – with their debut against a mixed team, The Scurvy Saints!

Lastly, our headline game! Our  very own Saucy Sailors the Norfolk Brawds, take on the Crucibelles, all the way from Sheffield!

 

If that’s not enough for you then, as ever, we’ll have all the other entertainments you’ve come to expect! Face painting and fun activities to keep children entertained if Roller Derby isn’t catching their attention, a full bar serving beer from Golden Triangle brewery to keep the adults entertained, hot food, an area to get in a bit of shopping and our amazing Roller Derby raffle.

In our shopping area this year you’ll be able to find Brawds run business Bad Kitty, selling rockabilly accessories and Golden Unicorn with skate accessories and clothing as well as Smackson Chiffy’s Custom Paintings. You can also grab yourself a Norwich Cocktail Week wristband, get a Sports Massage from Optimum Sport and Movement Therapy and chat to our Fitness Sponsors Style Health & Fitness about what they can do to get you Derby fit (even if you don’t want to play!). You’ll also find bout regulars Forget Me Not Goodies as well as Roller Derby merch stalls. Grab yourself a Norfolk Brawds T-Shirt and you can get 10% off your dinner with our Sponsors Zaks American Diners later on!

While you’re there, grab some raffle tickets from a Roller Girl and hang about at the end for the draw. We’ve got prizes from our vendors and our amazing sponsors Zaks (so dinner could even be free!) as well as £50 of tattoo vouchers from Indigo Tattoo, A Shackleton Beer gift set, a cute porcelain hedgehog necklace from Pin Pin Finds (15% off with the code BRAWDS) and a free cut and blow dry from Clever Dicks Hair Salon.

 

If all that Roller Derby has given you a taste to try it yourself, then pay a visit to our recruitment stand, your timing is excellent as our next Fresh Meat course starts on the 6th October.

Afterwards? Come along and join us at The Eagle for the after party from 7pm! Because there’s no after party like a Roller Derby after party!

 

Mutiny on the BOUTy is on the 27th September at UEA Sportspark. Doors open at 11:30am, first game starts at 12pm. Tickets are £7 for adults in advance from UEA Box Office, or £10 on the door. Children under 16 are £5 and under 12 are free accompanied by an adult. Estimated finish time is approximately 5pm.

Norfolk Brawds and the #icebucketchallenge

The Norfolk Brawds Roller Derby were nominated by Eve of Mean Training to take part in the #icebucketchallenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.

The Brawds love an opportunity to raise a bit of cash for charity and we hate to turn down a challenge, so we arrived at training on a Thursday night in August with buckets and bags of ice.

Everyone who took part donated to the charity, plus a few extras, and we nominate Suffolk Roller Derby, and our brother team the East Anglo Smacksons to do the same!

We have to say, it’s a great way to cool down after training!

If you’d like to donate some money to MND research without having a bucket of iced water dumped on your head, then visit the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Heartland Series Day 4 – It’s Bout Day!

Bout day is fast approaching, and if you haven’t got your tickets yet, then why not?

Tickets are available from the UEA Ticket site for just £7 in advance, or £10 on the door. Under 18s are £5 and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

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If you haven’t got your tickets, then here’s what you’ll be missing…..

Not only is this bout a double header, meaning you get not one, but two games from some of the best players in the leagues, it’s also day 4 of the Heartland Series, Europe’s largest inter-league flat track Roller Derby tournament. Big Bucks High Rollers take on the Bedfordshire Roller Girls and your very own lovely Norfolk Brawds take on top of the table Milton Keynes Roller Derby. That’s 2 awesome nail biting games for just £7!

Not enough?

 

As well as the totally awesome Roller Derby we have a bar at the venue serving a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including our very own ale, brewed for us by Golden Triangle Brewery, Bonny’s Gold and also serving hot and cold snacks, so you won’t go hungry.bonnysgold_oval_logo_small

There’s also face painting and colouring in to keep children entertained so the whole family can enjoy the day!

Still want more?

Gosh you’re hard to please!

Well we have some pretty cool merch stalls, if you’re keen to part with some of your hard earned money. Get yourself a new wardrobe from Last Gang Emporium, jewellery and accessories from Pin Pin Finds and Bad Kitty, get your skate accessories from Golden Unicorn Skate Emporium and much more!

There’s still more….

Yup, as if 2 top Roller Derby games, a bar, childrens activities and shopping isn’t enough for you, we’ve got stuff to giveaway too!

Enter our raffle to win some ace prizes including:

A full intrinsic biomechanics screening assessment and follow up session worth £120 from Optimum Personal Training (Sports and Movement Therapy)

A Sky at night constellation necklace and earrings set from Eclectic Eccentricity

A Scarf from Titania Designs

£30 worth of Zaks vouchers and 2 Zaks T-Shirts

A ceramic Pug necklace from Pin Pin Finds

A Roller Girl necklace and headscarf from Bad Kitty

An original piece of Norwich Skyline stencil art from Chiffys Custom Paintings

An Afternoon tea voucher from Biddys Tea Rooms

plus even more goodies from Last Gang Emporium, Forget Me Not Goodies and Golden Unicorn Skate Emporium!

Where else can you get that much fun for just £7?

Buy your tickets from UEA Ticket Bookings, or ask your friendly local Roller Girl to pick one up for you for just £7 for adults or £5 for under 18’s.

Can’t make up your mind just yet? Tickets will be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 12pm

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Not finished yet?

Come along and join us at The Eagle for the after party from 6pm!

Hear it from our Fresh Meat

You might have been to some of our bouts and watched our experienced All Stars team play some amazing and hard hitting Roller Derby, or maybe you’ve seen some of our skaters at an event? What they do looks amazing, and it takes years of practice and honing your skills to get to that point, but everyone has to start somewhere.

One of the best things about Roller Derby with the Norfolk Brawds is that all are welcome to come along and start learning, there’s no entry test, and every Monday night Men and Women of all skill levels turn up at Funkys at 7pm to start learning to play Roller Derby. For some it takes them only one 6 week course to graduate, for others it takes longer to work on it.

When you start learning to play Roller Derby, you become affectionately known as Fresh Meat, if you’ve ever considered coming along and trying to learn Roller Derby, here’s a perspective from a few of our most recent graduates from our Level 1 basic skills course.

Killer Dame #113

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I heard about the Norfolk Brawds from a friend of a friend who had recently started, that was about 2 and a half years before I managed to join. When I moved back to Norwich I got in touch through facebook and was going to come to a practice about 9months ago-then I promptly came off my bike over the handle bars and wasn’t really in a state to start skating. So it was sometime before I made it to my first session!

My first session was really scary! I hadn’t been on skates in forever, there were all of these people watching you, and I was constantly convinced I’d fall over cry and immediately be sent home as not hard core enough for derby. It was great that one of the first things you’re told is there are funny falls and bad falls-and you have to be honest about which is which. Also, I was there with a friend who’s skating was as rusty as mine, I think having a friend to come with for the first session really helped me get there but honestly after the first session I was coming ever single week come hell or high water even when Nikki couldn’t make it!

What have I got out of the beginners course? I want to say friends, but that’s kind of cheesy, and a work in progress, but friends. I also got an incentive to get fitter, I’ve taken up swimming regularly and Pilates since I started – its nice to have something I want to do enough that I’ll do the extra exercise to support it, also, I think confidence – its nice to know I can do sports, I’ve never really had any luck with them in the past. I have also gained a burning need to send a surprisingly large percentage of my paycheck on derby gear because I love it, I want it, and I HAVE TO HAVE IT!

If you’ve been thinking about trying out Roller Derby then come! What’s the worst that could happen? And, if the worst does happen you’ll have the most amazing group of supportive caring people to help you pick yourself up and try again.

Kylie #212

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I’m not totally new to derby, I spent a couple of months skating with Suffolk Roller Derby last year however I’ve progressed a lot more and gained more confidence in my 6 weeks on this course, by skating with people of similar abilities and and excellent coaches.

I had heard of the Brawds before and was keen to see them when a friend offered a ticket to Eastern Sur5al in April. It was at the after party that some of the team mentioned the Sportivate course and said I should check it out on the following Monday.

I turned up to the first session not knowing anyone so was naturally pretty nervous but the other skaters ( at all levels) and coaches couldn’t have been more welcoming. This goes for the actual skating too, everybody was more than happy to help me out at any wobble and give me advice on the basics of derby skating. As someone who is new to the area not only have I fallen in love with derby, I’ve met some great people in my short time here from all walks of life, and even had a chance to do some NSO’ing to gain a better understanding of the sport.

There is certainly more to derby than just the skating, and would certainly recommend anyone giving it a go as there really is nothing to lose, and on top of a that it’s a pretty good workout!

Danihell Fire #999

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I heard about the course whilst I was already in Fresh Meat (Danihell came along before the course started to some of our end of track starter sessions) and I heard about the Brawds beforehand from a friend.

I had absolutely no skating experience when I arrived, literally bambi on ice! My first session was great! I came with friends who were also keen to join and we now go together every week. I got skating skills, but more importantly I got a great new friendship group, with a lovely bunch of people! I feel more confident, inspired and full of energy! Everyone is so supportive and there is a real sense of sisterhood!

My advice to a newbie would be….bloody go! Its literally the best thing ever, not only do you get fit whilst having fun, buns of steel and wonderful new friends, but also a real sense of accomplishment, really is worth it! Derby til I die!

Rayner Terror #247

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I started Roller Derby in June 2013.  I knew about Roller Derby from some friends taking me to a couple of their home bouts at the UEA earlier in the year and you watch them and think “Wow! They’re really good on skates and they look so cool!”

I skated when I was in my early teens and I’m now in my late twenties, so some time ago! I could stand on skates and shuffle along holding on to the bar! That’s what attracted me to starting Derby, I heard they actually teach you how to skate! You didn’t need prior skating skills and that helped a lot knowing they weren’t expecting much.

My first session was a little scary! I came along with 3 friends, who I still skate with today but who are all at different levels. You soon realise everyone learns at different speeds and it’s not a bad thing.

After about 10 outfit changes, we turned up and you see everyone in their skating gear and think, this is exciting but a bit daunting but everyone was really lovely and friendly so that took the edge off. Then we each stepped on to the track nervously and you soon realise you’re not the only one shaking at the legs. We then met the coaches, who explained what we’d be doing and they laughed and joked with us. I felt relaxed but also couldn’t help be a bit scared….I had WHEELS ON MY FEET! After the coaches helping us go up and down the track and get used to skating, we then learnt how to fall correctly and a few other skills. If you did fall over, someone was straight there asking how you were, ice pack at the ready and then you’d soon hear someone else telling you their story of how they fell or “it happens all the time”. You soon realise you fall a lot and it’s not a bad thing, especially as you’re padded up. So it was scary but good scary and fun and I left skating better then I could when I first walked in and it’s been the same ever since.

You hear a lot of people say “Roller Derby saved me” and variations of that. Everyone will experience that, in different ways but you will experience it. Be it, health improvements, friends, learning to skate etc. Derby has changed me a lot. You learn so many different skills, from talking in public, helping others and much more. Your confidence will go up as well, as this is a sport where you really do see yourself improve. Again… it can be hard at times, it’s not all rose tinted glasses. You will get frustrated, cry and annoyed but you will also get support and better! I really have to think back to that first lesson of holding onto the bar, shaking, to where I am now to realise just how far I’ve come and remember all the wonderful people I now know.

If part of you is considering trying Roller Derby, no matter how small… just do it! Derby is where you can be accepted no matter what. You will never be made fun of, you will never be told you can’t do something – only shown you can! I never imagined I’d be in training to be part of a sport’s team and to be honest it doesn’t even feel like that! I refused P.E at school, hardly exercise, I’m shy and I bruise easy but here I am a year later! I’ve had my ups and downs with Derby I won’t lie but I’ve never quit and you can’t because of the people, because of the training and because you see yourself improve week by week in so many different ways. Start your Roller Derby Journey and see where it takes you… I think you’ll be surprised.

Chocolate Starfish #3103

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I started going to fresh meat because my girlfriend (Rayner Terror) had been going for a while and said it was really fun, you get to meet some amazing people and you get to learn about the game of roller derby. I strapped on her old skates, had a roll around the kitchen and decided to go and get stuck in.

I had skateboard for many years when I was a lot younger but not really skated on quads before. This didn’t matter at all because, at the monday fresh meat sessions, the coaches teach everything from standing up, falling in the correct way and stride. They help you the whole step of the way. It doesn’t matter on your skating level, they will be there for you. No one cares if you can’t skate. It is very lucky that I took to it super quick and have now passed my level 1 sign offs after 2 rotations (6-8 weeks of learning the skills.) It doesn’t matter if you fall, even the best skaters there still fall, it’s part of the learning curve.

I have made so many new awesome friends. The biggest thing that I think I have got out of roller derby is that I am part of a team again. The first day anyone comes to practice they are part of the Norfolk Brawds and East Anglo Smacksons. I love every single person that I see at practice and we all go out for drinks. It really is one big happy family. Since graduating from the Level 1 course I am now skating at the Anglo Smacksons sessions, doing more advanced skills and things like pack work and hitting. Nothing is different apart from the level of skating. The same support, the same kindness. I would recommend the Norfolk Brawds fresh meat training on a monday night to everyone.

Our next 6 week course starts on Monday 5th January and is open to everyone over the age of 18. You just need to show up in comfortable clothes, with a bottle of water and £20 to pay for the course and we can lend you all the kit you need to get started.

If you want to find out more, or get in touch with any questions then click here

Brawds Race for Life

Last Sunday the Brawds ran Race for Life to raise some money to for Cancer Research. It was a glorious sunny day, and the atmosphere at the Norfolk Showground was amazing!

In this photo you can see Brawds Wild Honey, Kelly KaPOWski, Knockturn Ali and Gem Warfare, as well as a couple of honorary Brawds for the day including Mama KaPOWski and Ali’s daughter Smashleigh, we’re missing Nikita Defeat’er as she was so super speedy she’d already left by the time we all finished!Brawds

We completely smashed our fundraising target of £500 and at the time of writing have raised £621 for Cancer Research. We want to give a huge thank everyone who sponsored us!

There’s still time if you’d like to donate. You can visit our Just Giving page, or text NBRD89 £1 (or £5 or £10) to 70070

Derby, Dinner & Dance

ZAKS

Book your table at Zaks in Poringland for a night of Roller Derby themed Rock n Roll fun!

Call 01508 492240 to book your table for this Friday night!