“Formed in May 2010, Milton Keynes Roller Derby was started by members of Bedfordshire RollerGirls, who wanted to bring roller derby to their local town. We had our first closed door bout in November 2010 and our first public bout away in September 2011.
“In late 2011, we decided that local leagues would benefit from a competitive tournament, to provide a structure for growth and an organising principle for creating our own strong pool of skaters, referees and NSO’s. As such, we created the End of The World Series, with 5 local friendly leagues. Our first ever public home bout was the first game in the Series, in February 2012. We were undefeated in the Series in 2012 and won the tournament on the Final Day in November 2012.
“We competed in the Heartland Series 2013, finishing joint third. We are heavily involved in the organisation of the Heartland Series, and believe it is the ideal structure for growth of competitive play and league structure for grass roots teams in UK roller derby.
“During this time, we expanded our league, with structured Fresh Meat courses for women and men, developing a strong core of skaters, referees and non-skating officials. We also started our popular Friday Night Mixed Scrims, an open invitation for minimum skills passed skaters to join a pick up scrim to test their skills against a range of skaters. The emphasis is on learning, experimentation and fun, and we offer a safe training environment for referees and NSOs to gain bout experience in an informal, educational setting.
“In late 2012, we started a men’s team, the Quads of War, made up of existing male skaters already in the league, and male skaters from surrounding regions who were looking to play roller derby. Their first bout was in February 2013 and they competed in the Men’s European Roller Derby Championships in July 2013. The Quads continue to grow in experience and numbers.
“As our numbers of women grew, We started two intraleague teams in 2013, the Bletchley Enigma and the Stony Roses, to enable all skaters to gain bouting experience. Our newest team introduced in early 2014 is our women’s B team, the Udder Team, to provide a competitive environment for cross over skaters and graduates from our Fresh Meat courses to develop into A team players.
“We promote a positive, welcoming atmosphere, built on growth and development, to allow skaters to unlock their potential and be the best they can be. During our startup process, we benefitted from the kindness and experience of Bedfordshire Rollergirls and Cambridge Rollerbillies, and we look to expend this assistance and pass on our experience to new leagues, to develop a healthy roller derby community. We have a strong following on social media, and our media team has developed relationships with the local community and print press, gaining regular coverage in the sports pages of the local newspapers, and gaining coverage on local BBC TV news and radio.
“We have supported local and international charities and community events, running the Race For Life, supporting the Midnight Moo for Willen Hospice and holding a charity bout in support of The Moldova Project, supporting orphanages in Moldova.
“We’re excited to be part of UKRDA, to support our growth as a league and the development of UK roller derby nationally.”
For more information, go to http://www.miltonkeynesrollerderby.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/mkrollerderby.