Build an Outdoor Roller Derby Track in Adelaide
Roller Derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In Adelaide alone there are 4 large established clubs who are passionate about promoting and encouraging the sport. Each year there are more people strapping on skates to learn how to play.
At present Roller Derby enthusiasts when wanting to skate have no designated area just of their own. The skater run clubs have to book indoor venues to play. They borrow time from the netball courts in summer (when they are free) but cannot put a permanent track down. They skate along the beach paths or the trails provided by the councils but that only improves their aerobic fitness. For individuals having to hire sporting venues it can be prohibitive to practise.
Last year one of the local clubs - Adelaide Roller Derby - went through the exhaustive process of trying to find a new training venue. They contacted over 150 different venues to find a new new home. They were finally successful but there was literally only one space that was made available to them.
With more and more people wanting to take up the sport I see it becoming harder for people to truly get involved with limited resources available. With the support of the local council I propose that a permanent concrete roller derby track be laid.
Space required: A roller derby track (including space for referee lanes around the outside) is approximately the size of a Netball court. A concrete track has little to no maintenance if it's been laid correctly - especially if the 'track' is made with a different colour concrete.Then there is no requirement to re-paint the track.
Here is an example of an Outdoor Track that has been laid in Queensland.
Having an outdoor space available to the public would help raise the profile of the sport as well as help roller derby skaters improve their skating abilities all year around. It would help the local clubs grow and become more competitive to their peers interstate. It would be a great place for young and old to come and share their love of the sport.