Bladesoc is a friendly and welcoming society for inline skaters and people who want to learn to "rollerblade"!
We cater for everyone from people who have never worn a pair of skates, to experienced skaters of all disciplines: speed, freestyle, aggressive, to roller hockey players and everything in between!
The first two Saturday sessions of 2018/19 will be open to everyone, so come and have a go! There will be teaching, games, and lots of fun!
If you can't make these don't worry, everyone's first session with us is free too!
This is Bladesoc's main weekly session. We have competent and qualified inline skating coaches, as well as lots of other members who will be here to help and teach you anything you want to learn!
Think skating isn't for you? Try it out and let us convince you of the contrary!
We have lessons for beginners, slalom skating, campus skates, roller hockey and other games on skates.
In first semester, we skate in the Main Visitor Car Park (near Cripps Hall).
In winter, we move inside to Fernwood School, not far from University Park.
Then partway through second semester we move outside again, to Jubilee Campus.
Every week we meet on the steps at the front of Portland building, to pick up skates and kit, before heading to where we're going to be skating that week.
For more experienced skaters, we team up with The Nottingham Skaters (Nottingham's skate community) and go on street skates around Nottingham on Tuesday evenings.
Ask for more details on this!
Wednesdays: coming soon!
We are planning a session devoted to roller hockey, including teaching, training and matches. We skate on Jubilee Campus, but like the Saturday sessions you can meet us at the Portland steps and walk over together.
This is our session dedicated to slalom! Whether you've only just started skating or you want to improve your slalom skills, we can teach all levels! Slalom is highly recommended to improve general skating skills, especially for beginners. We skate in the Atrium, Portland Building, to dance around the cones together to music!
Don't Have Any Skates?
Don’t worry! We have a large selection of skates available for members to borrow for sessions absolutely free of charge. We also provide wrist, elbow and knee pads.
Missed The Taster Sessions?
That's a shame, but don't worry! You are free to join us for a free session anytime in the year, we're very confident you will stay with us afterwards!
Not a student?
You don't have to be a student of the university to join our society! You can become an associate member! Everything is explained through the "Associate membership" link at the top left hand corner of this page, don't hesitate to become a member!
How Much Does it Cost?
It only costs £6 to become a member for a year and there is no extra cost per session while we're outside!
Joining the society and payment of membership fees is all done online through the SU website.
(We do ask for a contribution towards the cost of hiring the hall from skaters who come along to the inside sessions in winter).
What Socials Do We Have?
Throughout the year we have regular socials: as well as joining other societies like Ice Skating, we have been out to paintball, have house parties, and obviously attend lots of skating related events (such as going to the Varsity Ice Hockey). We're an inclusive society and there's no pressure to do (or to drink) anything you don't want to!
What Trips and Events Are There?
We run trips and events throughout the UK and abroad. Every year, we go to the London Santa Skate, the Preston Roller Marathon; we also host our own slalom competition, and received the award for the best event 2015 for our Roller Disco on campus. At the end of the academic year we enter the 24h of Le Mans Rollers competition! Teams from Bladesoc have finished on the podium every year from 2015 to 2018 for the student category! Finally, we are becoming more and more involved in slalom skating, participating in official WSSA slalom competitions in Eastbourne and London!
We look forward to seeing you in September!
If you have any questions please get in touch! And click the links below to join our Facebook group, follow us on Twitter, or view our Flickr account to stay up to date with everything to do with Bladesoc!