Welcome to VJRD!
We are working on our COVID-19 Safety Plan for Spring 2021, with the goal to resume practices as soon as possible. We ask for your patience as we navigate the pandemic’s changing situation with everyone’s safety at heart. However, we are welcoming inquiries from prospective skaters ages 6-18 and their families. Fingers crossed that we will be able to get back to playing soon, and in the meantime, please stay in touch.
Vancouver needs a venue for roller sports!
Roller skaters in Vancouver have little access to suitable facilities. Venues that do allow roller skates are scarce and expensive. VJRD and Terminal City Roller Derby (Vancouver’s adult league) do not currently have dependable access to an indoor facility that is sufficient for practice or competitive games.
Roller derby is known for its gender inclusive and LGBTQ/2S-friendly culture. For non-binary and female-identified kids, this inclusive culture encourages physical confidence and personal empowerment in potential athletes who may not otherwise try team sports. Roller derby is a safe place that welcomes these youth with open arms, yet the spaces for them to practice in Vancouver are in danger.
How can you help? First, sign our petition!
We acknowledge with respect and gratitude that we skate and live on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.