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● 23rd May 2022 – Lifestyle

Whilst stuck inside thanks to lockdown, many people found new ways to fill their time. And roller skating seemed to be a pastime which caught the attention of many.

Hobbies offer a distraction from the world and its problems, whether that’s gardening, painting, or cooking, these activities  help to kept the brain active and happy. Roller skating presents a great way to get your daily workout and have fun whilst doing so!

Roller skating content seemed unmissable at a certain point, flooding Instagram and TikTok feeds. These rolling communities seemed to appear out of nowhere in every city and town. But there have always been strong roller skating communities up and down the country.

 

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In Birmingham, this community was born out of the local rinks around the city, like the Spring Hill roller rink in the 60s, and the Silver Blades rink in the 70s, that are unfortunately not standing today.

The lack of adequate space has encouraged skaters to hunt for new locations, flocking to basket ball courts, car parks, and sports halls in order to practice their passion. Although this hunt does not always come easy. In Birmingham, depending on location, we have been graced with poor quality roads, glass coated pavements, and security guards who can be hot on your tail.

However, there are several groups and skating events who are helping the Birmingham roller community to thrive.

With summer approaching, this could be the perfect time to try out a new skill. All you need is flat ground, a set of 8s, and your own determination!

Skating really clears the mind of any worry and acts as a serotonin boosters.

Brum Roller Skating Pages:

@skatebrum

These skaters meet at Cannon Hill Park every day! It is totally free, go down to vibe to the music and meet this awesome community.

 

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@rolloutbhx

Roll Out BHX hold indoor skating events every Saturday, in North Solihull. They truly bring back the old roller rink style with good music and flashing lights. Make sure to follow the page to stay updated with added events, weekly updates and prices.

 

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@sisterhoodonwheels

A sisterhood of roller skating Black women‘, these girls post regular content of their skate journey and hold events encouraging others to get involved. They offer a safe and familiar space for Black women to practice their hobby. With the group previously holding many sessions in North Solihull, Erdington, and Lozells.
Follow them to stay up to date with their latest plans.

 

@brumskategirls

If you feel like testing your limits, make sure to check out Brum Skate Girls, who are no stranger to ramp skating. The page is on a mission to empower all marginalised genders and abilities, as well as being a page for both roller skaters, and skateboarders. Many of their link ups happen in the Bournbrook skate park (Selly Oak), and the Creation skate park (Balsall Heath).

 

 

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@metaplexvr

As well as being a haven for gamers, Meta Plex VR doubles as a roller disco venue, and is located in West Bromwich. This would be the night out to chill with friends, and enjoy the atmosphere with good music and flashing lights.

Get ya skates on gang! 🛼

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