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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GB EMS Endorsement

The UKRDA are proud to officially endorse GB Emergency Medical Services as a trusted supplier of emergency support services. The last 4 years have seen them demonstrate a consistently high level of service and specialist care for injured skaters at Roller Derby events across the UK. Additionally, they have tailored their first-class service to best suit our sport.

GB EMS’s knowledge of the WFTDA rules regarding medical cover and WFTDA safety protocols shows a thorough investment to support the needs of UK Roller Derby. We couldn’t be happier to recommend them as part of your event support crew.

As part of this endorsement, GB EMS are offering UKRDA Member Leagues a 10% Discount on the cost of their medical cover. Find out more here: http://www.gbems.co.uk/index.php/rollerderby/.

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2014 Q3 Rankings

The 2014 Q3 rankings show a change in the UKRDA top spots, with Tiger Bay Brawlers taking Glasgow Roller Derby’s number two position after their win in the last seven minutes of a nail biting game. A closed door bout with Auld Reekie Roller Girls the following day was another close one with the hosts coming out victorious this time.

Middlesborough Milk Rollers continue their rise after their success over Brighton Rockers Roller Derby, giving them their ninth consecutive UKRDA rankings win.

Hot Wheel Roller Derby take a jump up to the seventh position after their success against Newcastle Roller Girls and Leeds Roller Dolls. Manchester Roller Derby take the greatest points increase after their narrow defeat to Hellfire Harlots and a win over the Lincolnshire Bombers. There are also initial rankings for Portsmouth Roller Wenches and Hulls Angels Roller Dames at the 14th and 16th place respectively.

The UKRDA 2014 Q3 rankings are applicable from July 1st and are as follows:

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 731.7 -2.3
2 Tiger Bay Brawlers 721 +13.6
3 Glasgow Roller Derby 720.8 -11.4
4 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 684.1 +7.6
5 Rainy City Roller Girls 675.5 +0.8
6 Central City Rollergirls 656.9 -9.6
7 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 654.2 +11.3
8 Leeds Roller Dolls 644.9 -19.7
9 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 643.2 +5.7
10 Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 636.8 -7.7
11 Hellfire Harlots 628.6 -5.7
12 Newcastle Roller Girls 626.5 -19.1
13 Seaside Sirens Roller Girls 615.3 +3.8
14 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 614.1 Initial
15 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 596.1 +13.3
16 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 590.5 Initial
17 London Rockin’ Rollers 590.2 +0.6
18 Bristol Roller Derby 585.7 -17.5
19 Big Bucks High Rollers 579.2 +11
20 Birmingham Blitz Dames 575.8 +36.8
21 Manchester Roller Derby 569.8 +37.8
22 Granite City Roller Girls 568.8 +2.8
23 Lincolnshire Bombers 568.2 -16.9
24 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0
25 Cambridge Rollerbillies 565.2 0
26 Kent Roller Girls 565.1 +9.7
27 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0
28 Dolly Rockit Rollers 548.1 -12.3
29 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0
30 The Norfolk Brawds 473.1 -11

http://flattrackstats.com/rankings/ukrda/quarterly/current

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Applications for Wales Assistant Coach OPEN until 7 July 2014

UKRDA regret to announce that Team Wales Assistant Coach Hazel Hemlock is stepping down. We are therefore opening applications for this role immediately.
We’re looking for an enthusiastic, committed and passionate Assistant Coach to join the Coaching Committee and Management Teams and work with us to ensure Team Wales are the best they can be.
Applicants need a lot of drive and the communication skills to assist in coaching your team to success.

To apply for this position, please fill in this application form: National Team Coaching Application Form

For details on the selection procedure for National Team Coaches please see: UK National Roller Derby Squads – Coaches Selection Process v1.1

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 7 July, after which an initial sift will be carried out and a UKRDA member vote held.

We’d like to thank Hazel for all her hard work to date and wish her all the best for the future.

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Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Mark it in your diary now, the inaugural United Kingdom Roller Derby Open Conference is coming!

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Welcome to Swansea City Roller Derby!

 

Swansea City Roller DerbySwansea City Roller Derby (SCRD) are the city’s first flat track roller derby league and have gone from strength to strength since their formation in 2010. The league is home to the Slayers who are enjoying their third full bouting season this year, the newly formed SCRD B team along with our ever growing co-ed contingent, who will be hosting their first open bout in June. We are also fortunate to be a home to several Team Wales skaters.

 

As a league, SCRD aims to continue in encouraging and empowering individuals from all walks of life to explore their fullest potential within this dynamic sport. SCRD provide a safe, healthy environment in which our dedicated coaching and reffing officials endeavour to provide the highest standards of training, theory and motivation inclusive to all needs. SCRD also offers a dedicated ‘rookie’ program, tailored to take new starters from learner to minimum skill level over a 12 week course, which has proven to be extremely successful.

 

SCRD offers a recreational skate session, where newer skaters can practice and have the chance to meet the team in an informal environment. We believe that a team that get on and work well off the track will play well on the track, and we enjoy a variety of ‘off track’ activities, such as fitness sessions, fund-raisers and charity events. SCRD aim to support both their skaters and non skating officials as much as possible both inside and outside of training, enabling them to feel part of the team as a whole from the outset.

We embrace the ‘by the skaters for the skaters’ ethos, operating as a democratic unit where all members have their say on how we progress. The league has been built from the ground up, with help and advice from many established leagues, and we hope to pass on this knowledge to other leagues, enriching the community and in some small part aiding in the progression of the sport across the country.

Looking forward, SCRD hopes to continue to grow and compete within the sport, offering the chance for skaters of all levels to become involved wherever they can. We will continue to manage SCRD in such a way that all those involved have a voice and where everyone’s opinions are listened to.

SCRD are training hard for the rest of the 2014 bouting season, and have both home and away games lined up with some fantastic teams, we are proud to become part of UKRDA, and are excited to be a continuing part of such a dynamic and passion filled sport.

For more information check out http://swanseacityslayers.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/SwanseaCityRollerDerby

 

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Welcome to Wolverhampton Honour Rollers!

Wolverhampton Honour RollersWolverhampton Honour Rollers are a Wolverhampton and Black Country-based roller derby team who formed in summer 2010 from just two founder members. Honour Rollers now have over 60 members from all backgrounds, levels of fitness and skating experience.

 “We are proud to have taken part in the Heartlands Series 2013, and to be participating again in 2014. Our involvement in the series so far has enabled us to increase the team’s bouting experience at a high, national level and to host our first public bouts at a new venue. Despite coming in last place in our division in 2013, the team had some outstanding moments; especially the fighting spirit on and off track and our reluctance to be defeated. Our ‘Alpha’ pack has trained harder than ever, strengthened by this challenge, leading to victory in our first bout of Heartlands 2014! The team are playing together better than any of us imagined. Communication, pack work, along with outstanding jammers and true derby spirit shine through on track every time.

“We are enthusiastic and excited about our UKRDA membership. It means a lot to us to be able to promote roller derby locally and nationally, and to be part of the supportive network of teams and derby knowledge that membership offers. We really would not be where we are today if we had not linked, begged and borrowed from other leagues. The Derby community has helped us grow. UKRDA procedures have helped us to already better-structure our league and achieve a true “by the skaters, for the skaters” ethos.

“We want to show our wolf pack and all of our loyal supporters how far we have come, on and off the track. You’ve heard of eye of the tiger? Wait until you hear the AWWOOOO of these she-wolves!!”

For more information go to http://www.wolverhamptonhonourrollers.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/wolverhamptonhonourrollers

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Welcome to Milton Keynes Roller Derby!

mkrd“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.

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UKRDA Transgender Policy

The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) has today announced the appointment of their new Transgender Liaison and the ratification of their Transgender Policy.

The policy creates a uniform standard of treatment of transgender skaters, and ensures the protection and safety of transgender skaters throughout the UK, with UKRDA member leagues committing to adhere to the policy. This includes safeguarding the confidentiality of trans* skaters, and ensuring that they are supported not just by the law, but by UKRDA policies.

Mistress Malicious, chairwoman of the UKRDA, welcomed the announcement. She said: “This policy makes the UKRDA one of the most forward-thinking and inclusive sports organisations in the country.

“Skaters in our member leagues come from all walks of life and with this policy, we ensure that transgender skaters feel safe, supported and welcome within the UK roller derby community.”

To oversee the integration of the Transgender Policy, the UKRDA has appointed Glasgow Roller Derby skater Jodie Stanley as the organisation’s Transgender Liaison. Jodie is a policy manager within a national LGBT organisation.

“I hold a Senior Management position within a national LGBT organisation, and bring to the role vast experience in creating and influencing national and local policies and frameworks, ensuring that they represent lgbt people as widely as possible and reflect their differing needs.”

Jodie will be co-performing this role with fellow GRD skater Freya Gosnold, who Freya has a great personal and political investment in trans* advocacy and support, and will be a wonderful asset to this role. Jodie said:

“I’m excited that UK roller derby is creating a breakthrough arena for transgender representation in our sport. Transgender people statistically engage far less in sport, partly due to structural discrimination – and I am delighted that roller derby is the sport which is breaking the barriers of gender, making it all about the sport and not about anatomy.”

Freya added: “Roller Derby has the potential to really pave the way for trans* representation in sport, at all levels of competition, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my experience as a trans* person and activist to support our sport and our community on this journey.”

The full UKRDA Transgender Policy is available here.

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UK Roller Derby Conference Survey – open to ALL UK roller derby leagues/teams/independent officials

As part of the UKRDA’s ongoing commitment to promote, develop and grow roller derby in the UK, we are pleased to announce that we are organising the UK’s first Roller Derby Conference. It will take place on the 11th and 12th October 2014 at Warwick University Campus and will be open to representatives from all UK leagues, as well as UK based independent officials.

We would appreciate it if representatives from ALL UK LEAGUES/TEAMS and UK-based OFFICIALS could take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://bit.ly/UKopenconference – regardless of whether you are from a UKRDA member league, a non-UKRDA member league, a brand new or well-established league, or if you are an affiliated or independent UK-based official. There are no restrictions on the number of survey submissions per league and we encourage you to share the link with your neighbouring leagues so we can get as many responses as possible. Your responses will help the UKRDA conference team to tailor the event so the sessions on offer can be as informative and beneficial as possible for all those attending.

Survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/UKopenconference

Closing date for submissions is 11pm 30th April 2014.

Please note: The data will be held electronically by the UKRDA Conference Team.

No sensitive responses will be shared with identifying details without the express written permission of the relevant leagues/individuals.

UK Roller Derby Open Conference 11-12th October 2014
Warwick University Campus
openconference@ukrda.org.uk

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