Welcome to Borderland Brawlers Roller Derby

Welcome to Borderland Brawlers Roller Derby, formed in 2014

They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. BBRD are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.

Not all of the brawlers skate to compete, there are plenty who attend for love of being on 8 wheels and amongst friends on the track, and sessions do provide for that, if you are looking to work hard both on and off the track in an environment that promotes physical and mental strength, independence and pushes to represent at as high a level possible for an amateur athletic organisation, you have come to the right place.

Welcome to Oxford Wheels of Gory

Welcome to Oxford Wheels of Gory, founded in October 2011. They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. OWG are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.

Our goal is to be a respected and leading roller derby team in UK whilst promoting and supporting the sport at a local and national level. Retaining a not-for-profit status and DIY-ethos, we aim to be an all-inclusive, welcoming, democratically-run organisation following the officiating guidelines and rules set down by the WFTDA. We welcome skaters aged 18+ from all backgrounds irrespective of race, colour, creed or sexual orientation. We aim to foster a supportive atmosphere, maintaining high safety standards and developing skills and athleticism while promoting teamwork as an essential factor for success.

Welcome to York Minxters Roller Derby!

York Minxters Roller Derby

Welcome to York Minxters Roller Derby, founded in September 2011. They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. YMRD are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.

On the team they welcome diversity, and strive to welcome people from all walks of life. Their team is, of course, made up of individuals but all working towards the same set of goals: to improve as a team, push themselves physically, to have fun and make friends! YMRD have continually grown over the last 5 years, and currently have one bouting team at a B/C level, lots of volunteer NSO’s and many up and coming skaters.

Welcome to Dare Valley Vixens Roller Derby!

Dare Valley Vixens Roller Derby

The Dare Valley Vixens were founded in January 2013 in Tylorstown in the Rhondda and are currently the only roller derby team based in the South Wales Valleys.

They are now located at Abercynon Sports Centre just outside Pontypridd where they have recently been lucky enough to have their own derby track painted. They are a small but slowly expanding team of skaters who train every Monday and Friday (with the occasional co-ed mixed scrim thrown in).

DVVRD also run a very successful recreational skating session for all ages which then feeds in to their derby training (and maybe one day a Junior League too).

They’re always on the lookout for guest coaches so if you fancy popping along and running them through their paces then please drop them a line at darevalleyvixens@gmail.com.

England Roller Derby Management

UKRDA are delighted to announce the England Roller Derby management and coaches ahead of the upcoming team selection. In our fist announcement we’re delighted to share the new Team Manager and Head Coach.

Taking on the role of Team Manager, we have Claire McAllister. Claire joined Big Bucks High Rollers two and a half years ago, and has worked tirelessly to attain her current position of Team Captain. She may be born on April 1st but her approach to England Roller Derby is a serious affair.

She is incredibly honoured to be voted into the position of Team Manager for England Roller Derby, and is looking forward to working alongside the coaching staff, providing support and resources that will help build and develop a core group of skaters into a strong and impenetrable team that will lead England into the 2017 World Cup.

In the position of Head Coach is Southern Discomfort skater, Illbilly. He’s made the Men’s England Team two selections running; skating with the premier men’s team in the UK and Europe, he’s bringing the skills from the men’s game, along with his international competition experience to push England Roller Derby forward. He is looking forward to “building and working with a squad of the most talented skaters, which will be incredibly rewarding. In an ever changing landscape England Roller Derby has always cemented itself at the highest level, I can’t wait to help the new team to have the success it deserves. The first task will be tryouts and when these are set then this new and incredibly exciting journey can begin.”

Congratulations both on your roles and we look forward to sharing the rest of the management team with you very soon!

Welcome to Mansfield Roller Derby!

Mansfield Roller Derby

Mansfield Roller Derby was founded in February 2012 in the county of Nottinghamshire UK.

Our overall goal is promote athleticism, personal empowerment and teamwork in order to create a positive and uniquely spirited league of forward thinking skaters, officials and volunteers.

Since 2012, the league has grown into a strong and diverse team of individuals and we hope to grow bigger and stronger in the future.

National Squad Interviews: Team Wales Assistant Coach: Chant-Hell

Completing our set of interviews, in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, with Team Wales Roller Derby‘s coaching and management team, we present Wales’ Assistant Coach: Chant-Hell.

Chant-Hell, playing with Tiger Bay Brawlers against London Rollergirls (Photo: Adam Chard) 

CHANT-HELL, PLAYING WITH TIGER BAY BRAWLERS AGAINST LONDON ROLLERGIRLS (PHOTO: ADAM CHARD)

Chant-Hell started out in the Cardiff Roller Collective in 2011, before moving to coach and skate for Tiger Bay Brawlers in 2012, where she remains. She is also owner of the Skate Alley skate store. Pregnancy ruled out Chant Hell from trying out for positions in the 2014 Team Wales, but this time around she is both Assistant Coach, and also planning to try out for the team itself.

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National Squad Interviews: Team Wales Head Coach, Smirkcules

The chance to learn more about Team Wales‘ Management team continues, in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, as we cover the first of the two Coaching positions with Team Wales Head Coach Smirkcules.

Smirkcules, SMIRKCULES (PHOTO: CINDERWRECKER)

Smirkcules has had an extensive Coaching career in Roller Derby, starting out with London Rockin’ Rollers in 2010, before moving to Croydon Roller Derby, and thenmoving the considerable geographical distance to Newfoundland, coaching 709 Roller Derby there. After a few years coaching in Canada and Australia, he arrived back on British shores in time to coach Birmingham Blitz Dames to top of the Tier 3 table in British Champs 2015. He’s also an ex-skater for Southern Discomfort!

As well as all of that, he’s a fairly prolific announcer, and announced at the Road to Dallas event in 2014 where Team Wales last battled it out against the UK’s other teams (and Team West Indies). He’s co-announced with Team Wales Manager Dorkmistress, at other events, as well as being involved along with her in the short-lived Team Sealand, placing him in good stead to collaborate in his current role as Team Wales Head Coach.

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Team Wales Line-Up Manager: Professor Moriarty

Earlier, we covered Team WalesManager and one of their skaters from the 2014 team, but we shouldn’t forget the Coaching team, who will be training and organising Team Wales on track into the 2017 World Cup. In collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we’re happy to start off our run of Coaching team interviews with Team Wales’ returning Line-Up Manager, Professor Moriarty.

Professor MoriartyProfessor Moriarty, at the left, walking out with Team Wales in Dallas. (Courtesy Jason Ruffell, Roller-derby-on-film.)

Professor Moriarty has been a member of Neath Port Talbot Roller Derby since she started in the game, 3 years ago. She bench coached the team through last year’s British Champs, and into this year’s. Selected as Line-Up Manager for the first Team Wales which competed in the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, she reapplied for the role, and was successful in this earlier this year.

In common with other members of Team Wales, you’re returning in your role as LUM from last time around. What lead to you reapply to the role for a second run?

Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment! I had an amazing time during my first term with Team Wales but it was quite an emotional rollercoaster due to us being a brand new team. We had to start everything from scratch; some said that we would never make it to Dallas, but we proved the doubters wrong and were placed 17th in our very first World Cup. I feel like Team Wales is our baby and I want to be able to nurture it and watch it grow from the fledgling team we were last time. I want to be able to say; “I was part of that. I helped that grow to new heights within the Derby community.”

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Team Scotland Announcement

The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association are delighted to announce the selection of Coaching and Management Roles for the Scottish National Women’s Team, as we prepare for the next Women’s Roller Derby World Cup in 2017.

Rosie Peacock

Taking on the mantle of Head Coach is Rosie Peacock. Rosie is an extremely experienced roller derby coach, having provided training for teams across the UK. She is also currently a skater on Auld Reekie Roller Girls’ A-team, the All-Stars, as well as vice-coach for the Scottish National Men’s Team. She brings all of this skill to bear on the task of making Team Scotland Roller Derby the best possible team it can be. Rosie said

“I am really excited by the potential Scotland has to achieve the highest standards of roller derby and athleticism for the proposed 2017 World Cup a well as other national and international opportunities. I’m looking forward to building the strongest team unit possible, collaborating with the management team and skaters to develop forward thinking tactics and gameplay, making Scotland a pioneer in modern roller derby.”

Five Star Sylk

Stepping into the Assistant Coach position is Sara “Five-Star Sylk” McCann. Sylk is a very experienced skater and coach; she has been instrumental in training Glasgow’s Mean City Roller Derby from the very start through to their current position as one of the foremost co-ed leagues in Scotland. She brings this skating and coaching experience to the task of training Scotland for the World Cup in 2017. She said

“I am looking forward to this role as the next step up in my team leadership role. To work on the national stage is a big move from the league level. I’m looking forward to working with some talented skaters that I know and some that I might not yet have met. I’m also extremely proud to be able to be part of the Team Scotland setup having watched previous incarnations. To represent your country is the biggest honour conceivable.”

Rufi-Ohh

Providing assistance for coaching, and also as Line-Up Manager, Erin ‘Rufi-Ohh’ Murphy. Rufi continues in the role from the last selection, providing her experience to further the training of the new Team Scotland. Rufi says

“I can’t wait to undertake this role for a second time. The 2014 Roller Derby World Cup was such a fantastic experience for me and I believe that Scotland has such amazing talent that needs to be shown and I can’t wait to be part of that again. I am also looking forward to working with the new management team and skaters in the build up to the next RDWC wherever it may be. I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and what we can do with Team Scotland this time round!”

Hazzard

In the role of Team Manager, coordinating all aspects of the team, we have Hazel “Hazzard” Mochan. Hazzard is one of the founding members of Livingston’s New Town Roller Girls, and has coordinated and built the team to its current status, including hosting games for British Champs last year. She is also actively involved in the Scottish derby community. She brings her organisational skills and passion to the role of Managing Team Scotland to the 2017 World Cup. Hazzard says

“The role of team manager for Team Scotland is a really exciting opportunity that I am so happy to hold. I am really looking forward to getting the 2017 Team Scotland team to the next World Cup and ensuring they have the best support system to get them there. I’ve always wanted to be a part of Team Scotland in some capacity and to be helping spearheading the entire process is incredible.”

We wish them all well in their roles and look forward to more updates from the Scottish National Women’s Team.

all photographs courtesy of Laura MacDonald