Nottingham Roller Derby is a coed league with active women’s and men’s teams; Nottingham Roller Girls and Super Smash Brollers. It’s an exciting time for Nottingham Roller Derby, with both teams competing in the British Championships, and our B teams set to make their open game debuts this year.
Nottingham Roller Derby (NRD) was formed in 2013, merging established teams Nottingham Roller Girls (2009) and Super Smash Brollers (2011). With 80 members, NRD is a healthy sized league with a professional attitude and structure.
NRD’s dedicated NSO crew is in high demand, with Head NSO Cupid Stunt as divisional Head NSO in the 2015 women’s British Championships. The referee crew has also grown in strength and numbers, with two refereeing open games and a further five dedicated referees in training.
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The Officials Admin Panel (OAP), the body set up to go through the applications made for independent and league-affiliated officials membership, has welcomed a new person to the team, following Ma Might’s re-appointment as the Head of Officials committee.
The Head of the OffComm automatically takes a position on the OAP, so her previous position as one of the NSO members became free. The panel looked at the candidates who had previously applied and agreed that Elli-Wan Kenobi of Leeds Roller Dolls was the best person for the job.
Elli-Wan, who has years of experience as both a skater and an official, said: “Since I first put on skates and became involved in roller derby and the amazing community, I have seen the sport and people grow in a variety of ways.
“I’m really excited about the future of the sport here in the UK, and especially for officials. UKRDA membership for officials is a huge step forward towards that future.
“It’s a pleasure to be part of the OAP so I can utilise my skills and experience to positively contribute to the continued development of officiating and officials, and the sport as a whole.”
The OAP is currently going through the process of sifting through applications from officials.
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The Crash Test Brummies take on the New Wheeled Order at the 2015 Tattoo Freeze tournament. Photo by MDP Images
We are happy to announce that UKRDA men’s leagues will now have rankings based on their sanctioned bouts!
After consultation with our members from men’s leagues, it became clear that they wanted to see teams ranked in the same way as women’s teams.
So, Head of Gaming and Sanctioning, Mistress Malicious, has been working away to see this happen and we can now reveal that it is all in place.
At the start of every quarter, the latest rankings will be posted on the UKRDA website and shared on social media, as we currently do for women’s rankings.
And live stats can also be seen on Flat Track Stats.
To find out more about joining the UKRDA, to get your bouts sanctioned, go to our Join Us page.
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Like a group of House Elves in the kitchens of Hogwarts, the OAP (Officials Admin Panel) are hard at work going through the dozens of applications we have received from independent and league-affiliated officials who want to become members of the UKRDA officials network.
Membership for independent officials, as well as league-affiliated officials, to become a part of the UKRDA in their own right means that they can have a direct say on issues facing our members, particularly when it comes to the officials side of things. It also gives them the opportunity to create a nationwide network of refs and NSOs.
Over 50 applications were received by the OAP during the first round of applications.
A spokesperson for the panel said: “When we launched the UKRDA plan to have affiliated officials on board we were not expecting such a huge interest, we have been completely blown away by the amount of experience across the UK roller derby community.
“We’ve had amazing references, fantastic interactions and we are excited that very soon we can announce the first people to be affiliated with us.”
Applications will be notified in the next wee while about the outcome of their applications.
The next period we will be accepting applications will be announced soon, so keep an eye out!
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Preston Roller Girls formed late in 2010. As Lancashire’s first roller derby league, they attracted members from all over the county.
PRG is run by a dedicated committee of their skaters, coaches and NSO’s; all pitching in to promote the league and sport, both within their local community and further afield.
Working hard during the last year, PRG have been focusing on expanding the league and developing the skills of their skaters. Their league has now grown to the point where they have been able to start a B team. They’ve already got plenty of scrims and bouts lined up for their up and coming skaters, and are looking forward to seeing them take to the track.
2015 is set to be a really big year for PRG’s A Team too, as they are taking part in the British Championships, grouped into the Tier 4 Local North Division. They can’t wait to get started!
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A comparatively small ‘London league’ founded in 2009, CRD has come staggeringly far in its five years. With no venue to begin with their skaters would practice outdoors in an Ikea car park or in Croydon’s St George’s walk. Today Croydon’s A Team, Riot Squad, is ranked 20th in Europe and they also have a fantastic B Team, Vice Squad. CRD continue to spread the word about the league and roller derby in general, with fantastic fundraisers, bouts against formidable opponents, and extremely tasteful calendars. CRD want to show you what they lack in size and number they make up for in dedication, resilience and victories.
Despite the sport’s rapid evolution, Croydon’s league values have remained the same. Their intensive coaching focuses on honing the strengths and talents of every individual to make the team the best it can possibly be. Both teams take the sport very seriously and everyone is encouraged to help out with committee work. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like – CRD are only interested in your potential to be great.
2015 looks to be a fantastic year for CRD; they will be holding a rookie intake in March 2015 and their A Team, Riot Squad, will compete in the British Championships.
We are Croydon Roller Derby – London’s youngest league and home to one of the top teams in Europe.
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Liverpool’s only roller derby team was founded in 2009. Since then, the Roller Birds’ A-team (Sisters of Mersey) and their B-team (Yellow Shovemarines) have been wowing their fans at their home venue (Greenbank Sports Academy) and on the road.
This dynamic league is always looking to grow and progress, challenging themselves by skating teams ranked higher or travelling far and wide. Having just celebrated their 5th birthday, they are participating in British Championships T3 Division this year.
Check them out!
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Wiltshire Roller Derby is currently Wiltshire’s only league and attracts members from mainly the north of the county. Formed in early 2012, they began bouting later that same year and held their first open home bout in January 2013.
Throughout 2013 Wiltshire focussed on expanding the team with regular Freshmeat intakes and getting themselves known within the Roller Derby community by competing in the Heartland Series (where they finished fifth within their region).
2014 was a fantastic year full of bootcamps (both hosted and attended), mixed scrims and mixed openers, which played a big part in their improved our previous Heartlands Series position, coming fourth in their division, as well as winning a mini tournament hosted by Big Bucks.
The men’s team, the Wiltshire Jambusters, also started recruiting last year and are slowly gaining members and attending more mixed men’s/co-ed games to gain experience.
Thanks to the invaluable tips learned at the first UK Roller Derby Conference, 2015 will see many changes for the league and we are all excited to see where this takes them. Wiltshire’s Freshmeat program has particularly benefited from the conference and you will be seeing a lot of fresh faces on track very soon. Wiltshire are proudly taking part in the British Roller Derby Championships this year and are looking forward to meeting and playing all the new teams in their division!
Wiltshire remain a small league but are committed to promoting their team and sport in a positive way by raising money for charity, building positive relationships with local media and businesses, and supporting the local skate shop owned skate warehouse with their events.
WRD fully embrace the by the skater, for the skater ethos and will be working hard this year to continue to grow and develop the team, promote and raise awareness of the sport in the county and continue to help their local community.
UKRDA has already helped us immensely and we are proud to be affiliated with such a positive organisation, helping us and many other leagues in our efforts to grow and develop our sport.
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The UKRDA is now welcoming the first round of applications from independent officials and non-UKRDA league officials who want to apply to be individual members of the organisation. We are also allowing UKRDA member league officials to apply to become UKRDA registered officials.
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.
The panel is now ready to welcome the first round of applications.
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.
The closing date for applications is Saturday, February 21. A full timeline for independent officials applications can be viewed here.
Formed in Spring 2011, and still retaining a majority of their original members, North Hampshire’s first and only Roller Derby team, the Bullets, are made up of skaters from all over Hampshire and Berkshire. Starting with very little derby experience the team has built itself up year after year, from humble beginnings skating outdoors to regular twice weekly indoor training.
We aim to achieve great success as a bouting league by staying true to the ethos which the league was founded on; collaboration and always striving to meet challenges. In 2014 this materialised in our involvement in the Heartlands Series – which provided a massive challenge to our league both because of the high level of skill in the teams we faced, and the logistics of managing a year-long programme of games. We were excited to rise to these challenges, and all others the future holds for us.
We feel honoured to be involved in UKRDA, an organisation which we hold in high regard.
We feel that we are a friendly and welcoming group of people, who support each other and complement each other well.
We have been an active part of Eastbourne Extreme run by the Bourne Bombshells for 3 consecutive years, the first year as NSOs, and the last two years as skaters.
An integral component of our current and future success as a competitive league is collaboration – both through supporting current and new talent within the league to bring ideas and help shape the league we are, and by building strong relationships with other local teams.
Our place in the local community is very important to us, and through our charitable and volunteering work we have been aiming to increase the awareness of our league, the existence of Roller Derby, and the positive effects of our sport. Over the past few years the league has done sponsored walks and skating marathons to raise money for local and national sporting charities, and volunteered at many local sports events. In 2014 we climbed Snowdon in support of Sebastian’s Action Trust, a charity in Hampshire that provides holiday retreats and support for children with terminal illness and their families. We managed to raise nearly £5000 for this wonderful charity.
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