Dirty River Roller Grrrls a.k.a. DRRG! was founded in Turku, Finland in June 2010. At that time three roller derby enthusiasts, Heitti, Juissi and Toxic, set up a meeting and decided to found Turku’s first roller derby team. Filled with passion to play, the newly made friends got themselves the necessary derby gear and started training at an outdoor track in a local sports park.
During the fall DRRG! acquired a few new skaters, with whom they started training indoors. The gym halls were small and there was no hope of fitting a standard size derby track in any of them.
The next year brought DRRG! lots of new players and some experience also from abroad. The training became more determined through the shared shifts in coaching inside the team. DRRG! found their own rhythm and defined the rules for the team’s operation, among other things. Dirty River Roller Grrrls wanted to keep the membership fees low, derby being otherwise such a costly hobby. The DIY-mentality became naturally emphasized since they really had to do everything themselves. Additionally, DRRG! wanted to open their doors for everyone – the prohibition of racism, homophobia and transphobia felt important.
Goals and values
Roller derby is gaining more and more interest and consequently DRRG! organizes two fresh meat courses annually. DRRG!s A- and B-teams are playing at both national and international level. DRRG! won bronze in 2013 and silver in 2015 national Suomi Cup. DRRG! is also a member of the international roller derby umbrella organization WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association).
Values — to be updated soon
If you want to contact us, please send us an e-mail to rollerderbyinturku(a)gmail.com or visit our facebook page.