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We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming Central City & Leicester to our home venue in what promoses to be an amazing day of roller derby action.
Both our BLM team and Tender Hooligans have been having exceptional seasons and here’s your chance to see them in action against two exciting Midlands teams.
☔️ 15:30 Doors open!
☔️ 16:30 Rainy BLM vs Roller Derby Leicester
☔️ 18:30 Rainy City Tender Hooligans vs Central City Roller Derby
Venue: The Thunderdome, 51-53 King Street, Oldham, OL8 1EU
Tickets: £10 advance / £12 OTD. Under 14s free with a paying adult
How to get here…
By Car: Stick OL8 1EU in your sat nav. Access The Thunderdome’s carpark from Chaucer Street.
** DO NOT PARK IN HALFORDS CARPARK **
By Tram from Manchester: Get on the Rochdale via Oldham tram from either Market Street (opposite Primark), Shudehill or Victoria Station and alight at Oldham King Street. You can also take the Shaw and Crompton tram from Exchange Square or Victoria Station. The journey should take you 20-25 minutes.
By Bus from Manchester: Buses 83/180/184/X80/X84 run from Piccadilly Gardens, Stand A, (by the big Oxfam at the bottom of Oldham Rd) and you need to jump off at Mecca Bingo which is just up the road from us. The journey should take you 30 minutes.
** DO NOT PARK IN HALFORDS CARPARK. YOU RUN THE RISK OF BEING FINED **
There is a small pay and display car park adjacent to The Thunderdome which is accessible from Chaucer Street. Please follow these instructions on how to get to the car park – http://rainycityrollerderby.com/contact/
Alternatively, there is another small pay and display car park 2 minutes walk away on Pheonix Street, OL1 1DB.
What’s Roller Derby…?
Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, featuring fast paced, exciting quad skating, incredible feats of athleticism, teamwork and tactical battles. It’s a DIY sport with thousands of teams all around the world that are entirely skater run and owned.
You can find out more about roller derby and Rainy City here – http://rainycityrollerderby.com/what-is-roller-derby/
So... what is roller derby?
Two teams line up 5 players at the starting line
Each roller derby game is made up of a series of 2 minute jams. At the beginning of each jam, both teams line up 5 players at the starting line. When the whistle goes, they skate around the track.
There are two types of player, blockers and jammers
Jammers have stars on their helmets and gain points for their team by passing opposition players on the track. Blockers try their hardest to stop them by hitting them with their shoulders, chest or hips, or by knocking the jammer out of the track.
The first jammer to get past every player becomes 'lead jammer'
The two teams' jammers race to get ahead of all the blockers first. The winner becomes "lead jammer" for the remaining time in the jam. You can always see who's become lead jammer, as the referee points directly at them.
The lead jammer can end the jam whenever they want
The jammers now skate around and try and get as many points for their team as they can. The lead jammer can end the jam whenever they want by tapping their hands on their hips. This ends the jam early and is often used to stop the other team from scoring points.
Pivots can take over as jammers when passed the helmet cover
You'll notice one blocker for each team has a striped helmet cover. These players are called pivots and can take over from the jammer if they’re tired or in trouble. Keep an eye out for helmet covers being passed on the track midway through a jam!
Watch out for those penalties
Players will be sent to the penalty bin to sit for 30 seconds if they block with their arms or legs, or if they hit against the back. They’ll also get sent to the bin if they skate outside of the track as they pass opposition players.
Jam and repeat, and repeat
At the end of a jam, the game resets, another 5 skaters from each team line up and we go again! The team with the most points after two halves of 30 minutes, wins.
@ the Thunderdome
Our home venue is entirely run and managed by Rainy City Roller Derby and all ticket sales go directly to supporting the league. It’s easy to get to by public transport or car, just next to the Oldham tram stop, or off junction 20 of the M60.GET DIRECTIONS