Manchester Christmas Intra-league Games

2pm Doors on Sat 14th Dec - At the Thunderdome

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Find out what roller derby is all about at the Manchester Christmas Intra-league Games at the Thunderdome!

Roller Derby is a fast and fierce contact sport on quad roller skates and Manchester is home to four leagues. Rainy City and Knights of Oldham, based on the Oldham King Street, Manchester Roller Derby and Arcadia Roller Derby.

This FREE event is open to everyone to watch skaters from all leagues assemble to play against each other in two jolly festive games. The more the merrier. Wrap yourself up in your favourite xmas jumper and come along – and why not bring a friend or two to see it for the first time?!

There’ll be mulled wine, prosecco, minced pies, a reverse Santa’s grotto, and a cafe & bar.

The Games

It’ll be cosy in the Thunderdome as Manchester’s skaters battle for a win in an afternoon of hard hits, fancy footwork, and smart tactics.

🍊2.50pm Demonstration!
Get ready with a quick 5-minute explanation of the Roller Derby game. Find out what a blocker is, what a jammer is, how you score points, and why there’s no ball.

🍊3pm Open to all (OTA) game
Let’s go! A gender inclusive match up of two teams made up of skaters from all four leagues!

🍊5pm WFTDA game
A match up of skaters from teams affiliated with The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

Festive crafts, activities and snacks

Before and after the games there’ll be fun things to do to get into the sporty festive spirit.

🌟A sign making area to help you cheer for your favourite skaters! All ages welcome

🌟Face glittering (with biodegradable glitter!)

🌟Mulled wine and mince pies, baked goods and sweet and savoury snacks at our cafe and bar

🌟A reverse grotto. Meet Santa and donate a gift to give to the children of Manchester. Gifts (unwrapped & new) will be delivered by Santa to Cash for Kids charity #MissionChristmas.

Roller Derby for Everyone

At Rainy City…

Dogs are welcome at all our events!

Children and teenagers aged 12-17 can learn to play roller derby at Rainy City Juniors. They train on Saturday mornings with our experienced coaches.

Adults who are interested in learning to play roller derby or becoming a Skating Official can join Rainy City Rookies on Friday evenings.

Not interested in skating, but want to support a growing and exciting sport? We organise public games almost every month, mostly on weekends. We hope to see you there!

@ 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.