UKROC Galleries

Photography from the very first United Kingdom Roller Derby Open Conference have been released. The event was a huge success, and thanks to the magnificent efforts of MDP Images, we have the pleasure of sharing images from the ground breaking weekend with the community.

 

Full galleries of both days have been uploaded to the UKRDA Facebook Page – the Saturday gallery is here, and the Sunday gallery is here.

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Tiger Bay Brawlers win European Capital of Sports award

Billie Pistol, Brock'n Roller  and Boba Fettish collecting the award.

Billie Pistol, Brock’n Roller and Boba Fettish collecting the award.

Tiger Bay Brawlers are delighted to announce they have won the 2014 European Capital of Sports Senior Team of the year award.

Collecting their award during the awards dinner (at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff), Brock’n Roller said: “At the start of 2014 we knew this was going to be a special year for us.  But we never imagined we would representing roller derby at such a prestigious event.

“Winning this award is a massive achievement for us, and will help us promote roller derby alongside more established sports.”

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Welcome to Roller Derby Leicester!

Roller Derby LeicesterRoller Derby Leicester (RDL) was formed in November 2013, by a group of experienced and novice roller derby players with the joint mission of growing the sport with a professional approach.

Almost a year on and the league has doubled in size to some 50 members, a mixture of seasoned players, rookies, new recruits, officials and volunteers.

RDL currently has one competing travel team, with a view to creating a B-Team in the near future. RDL is passionate about growing the sport in the Midlands, hosting boot camps to assist in the development of other local leagues.

RDL’s travel team enjoyed unprecedented success in their debut 2014 season, and to-date remain unbeaten. Since starting out unranked at their formation in November 2013, the Jackals have leapt a full 326 rankings places, and are currently 34th in Europe and 19th in the UK on Flat Track Stats.

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Welcome to Plymouth City Roller Girls!

Plymouth City Roller GirlsPlymouth City Roller Girls (PCRG) was formed in 2010, beginning as a small group of skaters with no experience but a passion to introduce roller derby to Plymouth.

Now, 4 years on they are a multi layered league with an A and B team who are actively bouting within the UK and Europe. There are around 60 people who make up PCRG today, including skaters, refs, NSOs as well as their loyal supporters.

PCRG were pivotal in launching the South West Season, which has now concluded it’s second year and has seen both our A and B teams take part. PCRG A is one of many teams taking part in the Heartland Series and have qualified for the final, taking place in November, which we are eagerly anticipating. PCRG are proudly sponsored by Roller Derby City and Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque.

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2014 Q4 Rankings

These rankings are based on paperwork submitted by September 30th, 2014. If any games were played before this date but the paperwork was not received and verified by UKRDA, then those games would not contribute to these rankings.

The UKRDA 2014 Q4 rankings are applicable from October 1st and are as follows:

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 731.7 0.0
2 Glasgow Roller Derby 727.4 +6.6
3 Tiger Bay Brawlers 721 0.0
4 Rainy City Roller Girls 671.6 -3.9
5 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 665.6 -18.5
6 Leeds Roller Dolls 663.6 +18.7
7 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 662.5 +8.3
8 Central City Rollergirls 656.9 0.0
9 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 643.2 0.0
10 Brighton Rockers Roller Deby 640.8 +4.0
11 Newcastle Roller Girls 631.1 +4.6
12 Hellfire Harlots 628.6 0.0
13 Hereford Roller Girls 624.6 Initial
14 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 614.1 0.0
15 Seaside Sirens Roller Girls 593.4 -21.9
16 London Rockin’ Rollers 592.3 +2.1
17 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 590.5 0.0
18 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 587.4 -8.7
19 Manchester Roller Derby 584.4 +14.6
20 Big Bucks High Rollers 579.2 0.0
21 Lincolnshire Bombers 576.9 +8.7
22 Birmingham Blitz Dames 575.8 0.0
23 Bristol Roller Derby 571.2 -14.5
24 Granite City Roller Girls 568.8 0.0
25 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0.0
26 Oxford Roller Derby 565.5 Initial
27 Cambridge Rollerbillies 565.2 0.0
28 Kent Roller Girls 565.1 0.0
29 Dolly Rockit Rollers 559 +10.9
30 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0.0
31 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0.0
32 Fierce Valley Roller Derby 538.2 Initial
33 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 526.3 Initial
34 Dundee Roller Girls 522.4 Initial
35 Rebellion Roller Derby 521.1 Initial
36 The Norfolk Brawds 473.1 0.0
37 Bourne Bombshells 440.6 Initial
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Team England – UKRDA/ERD joint statement regarding affiliation

The UKRDA and England Roller Derby have today released the following joint statement:joint statement

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UKRDA transgender liaison named as guest of 2015 Trans* Awareness in Sports Week

UKRDA transgender liaison, Freya Gosnold has been named as a guest of the 2015 Trans* Awareness in Sports Week, run by Derby Frontier.

The site will be featured special guest blogs and interviews between March 28 and April 4 next year, and Freya will be one of the people contributing to the conversations.

With her wealth of experience, both personally and politically, in trans* advocacy and support, Freya will bring a real depth to the discussions during the week.

Freya will also be taking part in this year’s UKROC event.

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We need you! Take part in our summer census

The UKRDA has created a brand new survey to gauge the current state of UK roller derby. But we need as many leagues and officials as possible to take part in order to make it a success.

The survey has been designed to update statistics from the 2011 UKRDA survey, including the number of leagues around the country and the number of skaters taking part in the sport.

UKRDA director Hydra Electric said: “Leagues have used our previous surveys to help with funding applications and to get sponsorship. It’s also a good way to see how many leagues there are in different parts of the country and how many skaters are taking part.

“In order to create the best possible picture of the sport, we are asking every league and official in the UK to fill in the survey and let us know they are here!”

The results of the survey will be published in early autumn and will be available on the UKRDA website.

Fill in the survey here.

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Team Wales Assistant Coach Appointed

UKRDA are pleased to announce the appointment of Team Wales Assistant Coach Judge Redd of the Tiger Bay Brawlers. Redd has been involved with Team Wales on a voluntary basis from the beginning and has already been instrumental in their early successes. She is passionate about the sport and wants to see Wales grow and progress to compete at a high international level. She believes in fostering a competitive but supportive atmosphere and see’s the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup as the beginning of Team Wales’ journey.

The UKRDA wishes Redd and Team Wales the best of luck and would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all involved in the team’s recent performance against Team Ireland over in Dublin in Wales’ inaugural international game. The UKRDA is looking forward to seeing Team Wales at the European Roller Derby Tournament in September.

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Tiger Bay Brawlers show their softer side

The Tiger Bay Brawlers Roller Derby team are known for their aggressive skating and fierce competitive nature but they were only too happy to show their softer side this week, coming to the assistance of a local Cardiff pensioner.

Mrs Jeanette Jenkins reached her 77th birthday in July and the only thing she really wanted was to relive one of her fondest childhood memories and try roller skating one more time.

Rather than strap her in to some skates and hope for the best, Mrs Jenkins’ children contacted the Tiger Bay Brawlers in the hope that they could help. The Brawlers were delighted to be involved and invited Mrs Jenkins along to one of their off-season training sessions at Penarth leisure centre on Sunday.

Armed with just a pair of skates and some steely determination, Mrs Jenkins arrived to a wonderfully friendly welcome and was immediately presented with a team shirt, making her truly feel like a roller girl and an honorary Brawler.

After kitting herself out in plenty of safety gear, (all kindly supplied by the team) she placed her trust in the hands of two of the best roller derby skaters in Europe, “Boba Fettish” and “Thrill Collins” and headed out onto the rink.

Showing no signs of trepidation, and with very few wobbles, the septuagenarian soon gained her confidence with the encouraging support of everyone at the practice session, family members and several surprised onlookers.

Dozens of exciting laps later the smiling pensioner returned to the sideline, tired but extremely happy; with several members of the squad extremely impressed by her footwork and ability.

Whilst she may not be challenging for the position of first team Jammer any time soon, the experience is one which will live long in the memory of the thrilled Mrs Jenkins. Her family were absolutely delighted with the help of the team in making a small dream come true for their Mother.

“We couldn’t be happier with the support of the Tiger Bay Brawlers,” said Angela, her youngest daughter, wiping away tears of laughter and joy. “They have been so enthusiastic and more helpful than we could have hoped for; giving up their practice session, equipment and expertise to make this a really wonderful experience for us all, and, of course, for Mum in particular.

“Our family’s grateful thanks go to them all for making this happen”.

The Brawlers will hope to delight their fans just as much when they start their new season of competitive matches. News of upcoming bouts and much more information can be found on their website, brawlers.co.uk.

 

If you are a UKRDA member league and have an interesting story you would like to share on our website, please email them to pr@ukrda.org.uk.

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