Yesterday I went inline skating in the gym, after a break of a couple of weeks. Lately there’s been a small group of roller derby skaters who join in. (they train there before we get the hall). Yesterday, their numbers had swelled and they were making up about half of the skaters.
Now I’ve nothing against roller derby, BUT the guy who set up the skating session is trying to get older people to take up skating for fitness and fun. The derby players use the session as an excuse to keep their practice going, and don’t reign themselves in. It’s only a matter of time until someone gets hurt.
Some of us are thinking of just hiring a hall for an hour on our own. It’s a shame that we have to do this. The guy running the session just needs to remind them that it’s a general skating session and NOT a roller derby practice session, and they need to skate accordingly (practising blocking each other when others are tying to pass is just selfish).
I know why he’s reluctant to do this though, as this is how he makes his money, so more skaters = more money, BUT he’s risking alienating the very people he initially tried to attract. The retired people who always used to skate there have all given up as they’re not enjoying being cut up by the roller derby players.
It’s a real shame. If they would just reign it in a bit and skate instead of blocking each other, and racing round playing tag, then there wouldn’t be an issue.
And that is my grumpy rant for the week (hopefully).
In other news, I’m managing to do #yogaeverydamnday which is good.