Bristol Roller Derby was established in 2010, and true to Bristol’s reputation as an epicentre for all that is individual and run by independent people for independent people, it was instantly popular with the early training sessions attracting around 70 skaters. Since then, the league has grown rapidly, and in keeping with the city’s love for forging its own path, in 2012 BRD merged with ADHD – the latter being a league which was established by people who just couldn’t wait for BRDs next intake before starting to play derby.
BRD now has 4 home teams – the first three having been established in early 2011 (Daughters of Anarchy, Project Mayhem and Smash Vandals), with ADHD slotting in neatly in 2012 to give us scope for double-header home games. We also now have two travel teams, with the Harbour Harlots A team being long established (their first bout was in December 2010), and the newly formed Harbour Harlots B team, who since skating their first bout in October 2012 have won 3 out of 3 of their matches. The A team are fighting their way up the rankings, with the B team hot on their heels, meaning the league is always pushing the boundaries to improve our skating.
A men’s team was set up in 2011 and is actively looking for new recruits with a goal to be bouting in 2013 – and to have decided on a name first! We hold monthly co-ed scrimmages, and the boys attend our training sessions as well as having a dedicated men’s session once a week, though all our training is co-ed. Together with a bench crew, Team Zebra (both skating and non-skating) and fresh meat, the league currently stands at just over 100 members. Committee members are voted in to oversee the administration of the league, and the running of the league is split into several “workgroups” with all members expected to do their part with regards to volunteering their time in one or more of those groups. Skaters currently train up to three times a week, and there are also “Drop In Derby” classes that are open to non-members too as BRD like to share the derby love!
A key part of the BRD philosophy is to work with the community that supports us, so every year we vote on a charity to support through our fundraising efforts – the 2012 charity is Survive http://www.survivedv.org.uk/
Joining UKRDA is an exciting new move for the league, and we’re delighted to have been accepted!