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Kent Roller Girls (KRG) are the only Flat Track Roller Derby league in Kent, currently based at the Bay Arena - Herne Bay. Formed in 2010, they started bouting (became competitive) in September 2011 and have a strong record, winning 2/3rds of their bouts since.
Derby is a fast paced, dynamic, full contact sport played on quad roller skates. The sport was invented in the 1930’s in America but popularity had waned by the end of the 1970’s. It was reinvented in Austin, Texas in 2003 as a physically demanding and tactical female only sport and has spread all over the world since. Today it is widely accepted as the fastest growing sport in the world with over 500 leagues worldwide, and the sport is short-listed for Olympic inclusion in the 2020 Games. In its current format the sport is still female only, although men’s, mixed (or “co-ed”) and junior versions of the sport have gained popularity in recent years. Competitors take “derby names” and present personae on track, some wearing face paint and or themed uniforms which adds to the crowd appeal, but this cannot subtract from the pure athleticism of the skaters involved. Competition is fierce and hits are hard, to do well in this sport requires a high level of physical fitness as well as keen tactical knowledge and gamesmanship.