Parents’ corner

Welcome to parents, families and friends of the many junior skaters who will travel to Copenhagen in August to skate in C.A.T, the first International Junior Roller Derby tournament in Europe.

Our first priority is to keep your kids safe while they are here. 

Our team of wranglers/chaperones will be availbale to your kids from Thursday evening at check in and from Firday to Sunday at 7 am to 10 pm. They will collect the teams in the airport and take them to the venue and sleeping facilities. The team wranglers all speak Danish and English and they are trained to do first aid. In case of emergency, they will be there to help contact the right authorities. During nights at the sleeping facilities, there will be a guard present all night. Besides the team wranglers/chaperones, there will also be a medic team present at each game.
Each team can bring two adults (Bench Manager and Line-up Manager) and they can also use the sleeping facilities together with the kids.

The tournament will be streamed here so you can follow and cheer for your kids from home.

Copenhagen is generally a very safe city to visit. Please read more about Copenhagen and safety at the official Copenhagen Tourist Information page.

If you want to join your kids on the journey to Copenhagen, we welcome that.

The C.A.T venue is located in Taastrup, west of Copenhagen. It is accessible via the S-train system. Trains leave every 10 minutes and the ride is 22 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station. When you arrive at Taastrup Station the walk to the venue is 14 minutes. Therefore you can stay downtown and travel to the venue every day. See full travel directions here.

There are plenty of shopping possibilities around the venue and Taastrup Station.

If any parents need a break from the cheering, there is a public swimming pool right next to the venue. See more here. Also see their summer opening hours here

 

Accommodation in Central Copenhagen
We recommend one of following accommodations close to the Central Station in Copenhagen. 

  • Copenhagen Backpackers. 2 minutes walk from central station.
  • Urban House Copenhagen. 2 minutes walk from Copenhagen Central Station. Modern, self check-in. 
  • Dan Hostel. 9 minutes walk from Copenhagen Central station.
  • Generator Hostel. 22 minutes walk from Copenhagen Central Station through the inner city. (Easy with bus). Close to the legendary Roller Derby store Mills. 10 minutes from Nørreport S-train station. Cool hostel, down town feeling. Close to all the scenic sites:  Nyhavn, Amalienborg, Roseborg Castle, Kings garden etc.
  • Bedwood Hostel.29 minutes walk from Copenhagen Central station. (Easy with bus). 18 minutes walk from Nørreport S-train station. You pass the legendary Roller Derby store Mills on the way. Located on Nyhavn in a beautiful picturesque old original building. Walking distance to all scenic sites.
  • Cab-inn Hotel. 5 minutes walk from Copenhagen Central Station.

Accommodation in Taastrup near the venue.

  • Quality Hotel. 21 minutes away with train/walk. 9 minutes in car.

Things we recommend you to do while you are in Copenhagen

  • Take a harbor boat tour. Sounds tacky, but it is lovely! There are different companies. They departure from Nyhavn. Here is one of the companies.
  • Even better – rent your own boatA Brilliant and very popular concept. Tip: book in advance! 
  • Visit the tiniest most beautiful castle: Rosenborg Castle, located in the old Kings Garden.
  • Eat a huge traditional Danish “gammeldags” waffle ice while you stroll down Nyhavn.
  • Walk along the waterfront, visit the Queens Residence, and see the Royal Guard shift. It happens at 12:00 noon and you can walk with the guard from their barracks. We think it is super cool! 
  • Visit lovely Tivoli, the amusement park right in the middle of Copenhagen. On Fridays there are always some cool concert in there.
  • Walk the old streets of Copenhagen on each side of the main shopping Street Strøget.
  • Visit one of the many cool harbor baths on both sides of Copenhagen harbor – bring your swimming gear! Islands Brygge is very popular and just on the other side is Kalvebod Bølge.
  • Visit the beautiful Danish National Museum. It is very central and free access all summer.  (Closed on Mondays)
  • Visit derby skate shop Mills – also the oldest skate shop in the Nordic countries. Owned by legendary Bonny O Madsen. 
  • Visit the Torvehallerne market for delicious snacks and a lovely atmosphere! 
  • Visit the old meat packing district Kødbyen. Today it is a bustling place with bars and restaurants packed with hipsters.
  • Visit the beautiful Botanical gardens right in the middle of Copenhagen. Free entrance. 
  • Visit Rundetårn the old astronomer tower at Copenhagen University, build by King Christian IV, made so he could sit in a horse drawn carriage all the way to the top. Today visitors walk up to the top.
  • Visit Vor Frelser Church and walk up the stairs on the out side of the tower for an amazing view over Copenhagen.
  • Visit the Island Christianshavn with beautiful old architecture, channels, old boats and the famous free town Christiania. Make sure you pass “Pusher Street” and see the real Christiania. 
  • Continue to Paper Island for Copenhagen Street Food.
  • Skate along the lovely beaches of Amager Strand park.
  • Visit Christiansborg, the Danish parliament and have a lovely meal in the restaurant at the top of the tower
  • Visit Torvalsens Museum for one of the greatest Danish sculptural artists of all time.
  • Visit the beautiful Glyptoteket. Maybe visit the roof top terrasse or listen to one of the classical concerts.
  • Take the S-train line C to Klampenborg and visit Dyrehavsbakken, the oldest amusement park in the world (over 500 years old) and take a walk in the surrounding forest

We can warmly recommend that you hire a city bike and use 2 wheels to get around the city together with the rest of the Copenhagen inhabitants. Remember to use helmets (though emergency health care in Denmark is provided free of charge to anybody, we don’t recommend meeting the Danish Health Care system that way).

Best online guides to Copenhagen: www.aok.dk and  www.visitcopenhagen.com