Tattoo Freeze 2016


We’re going back to Tattoo Freeze!

Roller derby is one of the most popular events during the tattoo convention, and the UKRDA is once again holding its annual invitational at Tattoo Freeze, on Sunday January 31, 2016, at the International Centre in Telford.

The matches will be:

  • Crash Test Brummies vs Super Smash Brollers
  • Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers
  • Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers
  • Preston Roller Girls vs Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls

We are looking for officials, announcers and volunteers to help make the Tattoo Freeze invitational a success. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience, we are looking for crews with a wide background, so even if you don’t have a massive CV, still apply!

If you are interested, please fill in the application formThe deadline for tournament and crew head officials and lead announcer is December 1, 2015. The deadline for all other positions is December 11, 2015.

If you have an questions about the positions, you can email

Rankings released (finally)

Firstly, we would like to apologise for the delay in the release of this quarter’s rankings. We work hard to get them out as soon after the deadline as we can, however, sometimes there are circumstances that prevent this.

We are sorry and are aiming to get all rankings updates on time in future.

The new women’s rankings can be viewed here.

The new men’s rankings can be viewed here.

New UKRDA officials announced and next deadline for applying

Photo by Jason Ruffell -

Photo by Jason Ruffell –

The latest UKRDA independent officials applications have been adjudicated.

Joining us as an indy is:

So Solid Sue

Joining us as league-affiliated members are:

Jerry Sling-her (Bath Roller Derby Girls)
emKa (Auld Reekie Roller Girls)
Big Smack & Fries (Newcastle Roller Girls)
Cakeface (Furness Firecrackers)
Niko (Furness Firecrackers)
Dyna-MO (Furness Firecrackers)
Beth Thompson (Furness Firecrackers)
Shell Raiser (Furness Firecrackers)

The next round of applications will close on November 21, and applications received will be sorted by the Officials Admin Panel following that.

We announced the completion of our officials membership policy and the appointment of the Officials Admin Panel, which will process and decide on applications from officials, at the tail-end of last year.

Independent/non-UKRDA league officials can apply using the form here.

UKRDA league officials can apply using the form here.

All successful applicants will have to agree to follow the officials code of conduct, and sign confidentiality agreements and declarations, which can be viewed here.

UKRDA backs WFTDA and MRDA following FIRS/IOC letters

The UKRDA Board of Directors welcomes the letters from the WFTDA and MRDA to FIRS and the IOC, published publicly today (full copies of the letters, with an accompanying statement can be viewed on the WFTDA website).

These letters reasserted the position that the WFTDA is the governing body for roller derby and rejecting claims by FIRS or any other organisation which makes the same claim, with MRDA offering a statement of support.

The UKRDA, in accordance with its members’ wishes, has long aligned itself with both organisations, as our membership feels they embody the fundamental belief that roller derby should be run by its participants and not external bodies.

We agree that to allow FIRS to become the internationally recognised representative body for roller derby will have a detrimental impact on our sport, as it will not allow us to retain our autonomy  and independence. We feel it is important that the feelings of roller derby skaters, officials and organisers regarding this situation are shared with the IOC.

Although the UKRDA is a member of the British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF), which is in turn a member of FIRS, we have repeated our assertion that we do not recognise FIRS as an authority over roller derby, and we have refused to pay FIRS membership dues. Our continued membership in the BRSF ensures access to UK-based authorities such as Sport England, Sport Scotland and Sport Wales, which can and do support our members in a variety of ways, including funding.

We will continue to support both WFTDA and MRDA as long as our members feel that they are upholding this core belief.

If anyone has any questions about this, your UKRDA reps can post on the UKRDA forum or the directors can be emailed at

Sports Accident Insurance now available through UKRDA

It’s something no-one in roller derby likes to talk about – injuries. But taking steps to protect yourself, and to make sure that if you are injured you are able to maintain your responsibilities, could take the pressure off should the dread “i word” affect you.

One of the biggest worries we hear from skaters and officials is what they will do if they get injured. Not only is not being able to take part devastating, but there can be serious consequences beyond sport, such as loss of earnings.

Sports Accident Insurance can help you deal with unexpected costs and allow you to stay stress-free as you heal, so you can focus on getting back in the game.

The UKRDA has worked with our insurance providers Jelf and Sportcover Europe to create this very affordable sports personal accident cover for officials and skaters because we are serious about roller derby and those who play it.

The insurance covers accidental injury that occurs if you are playing, practising or training, as well as during travel to and from scheduled games, training sessions or while on a roller derby tour.

The policy provides benefits that will help with rehabilitation and recovery following a sports accident. As an additional option, you can choose to protect your income, so if you’re injured and not receiving your normal pay, the policy will provide some financial support during that time.

If you are the main breadwinner in your home, ask yourself, who will pay the bills if I can’t? Will my sick pay cover everything?

You can tailor our sports accident insurance to suit your individual needs – and budget.

The most important issues can be taken care of – accidental death and permanent total disability, income protection, medical expenses and dental treatment.

UKRDA sport accident insurance offers three levels of cover, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Bronze cover starting from as little as £6.32 per year. This is a small cost to ensure your peace of mind. There is also the possibility to bespoke your own level of cover, for example if you need to protect a high income.

Speak to your UKRDA rep to find out more and to apply to keep yourself protected, or email for more information.

UKRDA strikes deal on bespoke roller derby insurance

The UKRDA is proud to announce its partnership with Jelf Insurance Brokers Ltd.

This new relationship will allow Jelf – working exclusively with Sportcover Europe – to provide the UKRDA and its members with bespoke insurance, tailored to suit the needs of a roller derby skater, official and league. They also provide support and risk management services.

Sportcover Europe are one of the world’s leading specialists in sports and leisure insurance and the partnership allows UKRDA to offer the RIGHT insurance to members at a special low premium rate.

The club insurance package includes public liability, professional indemnity and employers’ liability cover, which are essential to ensure that your league, your coaches, skaters, officials and volunteers – as well as all of your events – are properly insured.

There are also additional options for skaters, including Sport Accident Cover from as low as £5 per annum, which insures skaters against personal injury when playing roller derby.

And there is travel insurance at very competitive rates, so that teams and officials are covered while travelling to play roller derby, which will be accepted at WFTDA tournaments and events.

Enquiries can be directed to

Welcome to Furness Firecrackers!

Furness FirecrackersFurness Firecrackers formed from very humble beginnings in late 2010. Since then despite the challenges of geography, Barrow being at the bottom of a peninsula, an hour or two away from any cities, it has grown to produce two fantastic ladies teams (The Furness Firecrackers and The Flaming Noras) and our men’s team the Barrow Infernos!

The Firecrackers are the only roller derby league in the large county of Cumbria which makes sharing difficult at times, however they strive to visit and support nearby teams whenever and however possible and pride themselves on being a sporting, friendly, supportive and inclusive league. Although currently without a suitable venue for training or bouts they continue to run newbie intakes and train on and off skates in a derelict factory canteen. This demonstrates the commitment and determination of the league to the sport of roller derby. The fact that Furness have managed to increase their league membership at this time is a testament to the team spirit and resilience.

This year the Firecrackers have focused on the British Championships with both the men and the ladies A team performing well in their respective tiers, the men also playing in the Men’s European Cup this year.

“We are pleased to be joining the UKRDA and intend to contribute with the same level of positivity and enthusiasm we dedicate to our own league. We look forward to seeing you on or off the track soon.”

New Men’s Rankings Released

The men’s UKRDA rankings have been released for the very first time, and Manchester Roller Derby have taken the top spot.

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Manchester Roller Derby 752.8 Initial
2 The Inhuman League 724.1 Initial
3 Crash Test Brummies 694.3 Initial
4 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 673.2 Initial
5 Nottingham Roller Derby 665.4 Initial

The rankings are based on games played and paperwork submitted before June 30th, 2015 and represent the positions as of July 1st, 2015. Teams are added to the rankings after playing their first sanctioned game against already ranked teams.

This is to ensure that the rankings are not too skewed by initial games.

You can also view past rankings posts using the rankings tag.

Women’s Q3 Rankings Released

The latest UKRDA women’s rankings have been released, and Glasgow have held onto their number one position.

The British Championships has seen a lot of sanctioned gameplay, which has factored into the Q3 rankings.

And appearing in the rankings for the first time are the South West Angels of Terror.

These rankings are current as of Quarter 3, 2015

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Glasgow Roller Derby 764.9 25.5
2 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 708.9 11.8
3 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 689.6 6.2
4 Tiger Bay Brawlers 688.2 30.7
5 Newcastle Roller Girls 678.9 24.1
6 Nottingham Hellfire Harlots 671.0 11.0
7 Central City Rollergirls 669.3 15.5
8 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 663.6 4.9
9 Rainy City Roller Girls 662.8 4.7
10 Leeds Roller Dolls 654.5 11.2
11 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 651.4 6.6
12 South West Angels of Terror 639.1 Initial
13 Belfast Roller Derby 636.0 18.1
14 Swansea City Roller Derby 633.3 22.5
15 London Rockin’ Rollers 625.1 2.6
16 Brighton Rockers Roller Deby 620.8 4.9
17 Bristol Roller Derby 615.8 25.9
18 Birmingham Blitz Dames 611.6 23.8
19 Cambridge Rollerbillies 607.9 3.8
20 Plymouth City Roller Girls 607.6 0.0
21 Croydon Roller Derby 607.1 6.7
22 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 590.1 9.4
23 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 588.2 4.3
24 Hereford Roller Girls 582.0 0.0
25 Manchester Roller Derby 578.9 15.3
26 Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls 574.6 2.3
27 Liverpool Roller Birds 573.4 21.3
28 Oxford Roller Derby 567.1 2.4
29 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0.0
30 Kent Roller Girls 564.8 1.5
31 Big Bucks High Rollers 561.5 0.0
32 Nottingham Roller Derby 557.4 17.9
33 Dundee Roller Girls 554.6 8.1
34 Seaside Siren Roller Girls 554.1 21.8
35 Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby 551.7 0.0
36 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0.0
37 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 548.0 12.9
38 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0.0
39 Fierce Valley Roller Derby 538.2 0.0
40 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 531.4 4.5
41 Granite City Roller Girls 522.0 13.2
42 Dolly Rockit Rollers 514.2 46.5
43 Halifax Bruising Banditas 512.3 9.4
44 Rebellion Roller Derby 510.3 0.0
45 The Norfolk Brawds 481.6 0.0
46 Eastbourne Roller Derby 440.6 0.0

The rankings are based on games played and paperwork submitted before June 30th, 2015 and represent the positions as of July 1st, 2015. Teams are added to the rankings after playing their first sanctioned game against already ranked teams.

This is to ensure that the rankings are not too skewed by initial games.

You can also view past rankings posts using the rankings tag.

Junior Roller Derby Month competition


The UKRDA is very excited to announce a new Junior-focused initiative!

The idea was inspired by a similar programme ran by Smarty Pants of TXRD who conducted an essay competition for junior players in anticipation of JuniorCon. The winner(s) of the competition received the ‘Get Smarty Scholarship’ of a free full pass to Junior Con.

The UKRDA has put together a similar competition for all junior skaters (or aspiring skaters) in the UK, regardless of whether or not they are UKRDA members, in order to promote and raise the profile of junior roller derby in the UK.

So, if you are or you know an aspiring junior roller derby athlete please take a look at the guidelines and have a go at entering!

We have selected the following titles for the subject of the competition:

My Favourite Thing About Roller Derby
A Time When Roller Derby Helped Me

Entrants are welcome to submit their answer in any form they wish, among those suggested are: Essay, poem, story, original song, video, painting/visual artwork, collage, animation or anything you can think of!

Please download and read the competition guidelines and make sure you complete the cover page and submit it along side your entry.

Submit all entries by the 26th of July 2015 to be in with the chance of winning some very special prizes and opportunities for you and your team – these will be announced shortly.

Your work will also be assessed by a star-studded panel of some of the UK’s most prominent roller derby greats who will also be announced in due course!