Skate Like a Girl

Albany ready to Skate Like a Girl!

In a WA first, Albany will be running a new skating and wellbeing program. Proudly sponsored by Healthway the Act-Belong-Commit Skate Like a Girl program is specifically designed for girls aged 12-17 to come and learn to roller skate in a female-only space.

“Girls are often taught not to take risks, to not fail, to not embarrass themselves, this program is about challenging this,” said Natalie Jarvis, program coordinator.

“Research also says that girls start to disengage from sports and physical activities at this age and they do so for a variety of reasons.”

Albany Roller Derby League has specially designed the program, which is the first of its kind in WA. The program will run in line with school terms, starting February 15th, and participants can join for one term or all four in the year.

“This program is about creating a safe place for girls to try, fall and laugh, and will be a positive environment to get physical and sweaty without judgment from others,” said Ms Jarvis.

Skate Like a Girl participants will be taught roller skating basic skills as well as some input from headspace Albany, Youth Focus and Population Health to cover mental health, diet and resilience. Albany Roller Derby League has been an Act–Belong–Commit partner for three years and it was a natural progression to work together on helping girls in Albany to keep physically, socially and mentally active.

The sessions are free for girls, with an annual insurance fee of $20. Skates and protective gear are all available at The Track at no cost for the participants.

In addition to the weekly sessions, there will be two larger roller discos specifically for all young people aged 12-17 held in the summer and winter. The sessions will be coached by qualified skate coaches from Albany Roller Derby League and be held on Thursday afternoons at the new sports venue The Track on 300 Roundhay Road, Gledhow.

For any questions about the program or to register for Term 1 Click HERE or for more questions just contact us


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