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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2014 Q2 Rankings

The quarter 2 rankings for 2014 have been released! Haunted City Rollers and Reaper Roller Girls make an entry after their Tattoo Freeze debut, and Manchester Roller Derby make an entry after their narrow defeat to Birmingham Blitz Dames in January.

The biggest risers are Central City Rollergirls after their defeat of Dolly Rocket Rollers at Tattoo Freeze.

The UKRDA 2014 Q2 rankings are applicable from April 1st and are as follows:

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 734.0
2 Glasgow Roller Derby 732.2
3 Tiger Bay Brawlers 707.4 -3.0
4 Middlesbrough Milk Rollers 676.5 +6.0
5 Rainy City Roller Girls 674.7 +8.2
6 Central City Rollergirls 666.5 +46.6
7 Leeds Roller Dolls 664.6 +0.1
8 Newcastle Roller Girls 645.6 +8.2
9 Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 644.5
10 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 642.9
11 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 637.5 -29.2
12 Hellfire Harlots 634.3 +6.8
13 Seaside Sirens Roller Girls 611.5 -0.4
14 Bristol Roller Derby (Women’s) 603.2
15 London Rockin Rollers 589.6
16 Lincolnshire Bombers 585.1
17 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 582.8
18 Big Bucks High Rollers 568.2
19 Granite City Roller Girls 566.0
20 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 Initial
21 Cambridge Rollerbillies 565.2
22 Dolly Rockit Rollers 560.4 -43.6
23 Kent Roller Girls 555.4 -18.5
24 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7
25 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 Initial
26 Birmingham Blitz Dames 539.0 +19.0
27 Manchester Roller Derby (Women’s) 532.0 Initial
28 The Norfolk Brawds 484.1

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

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Tattoo Freeze 2014 NSO T-Shirts!

We have just picked up the T-shirts for our NSO’s at Tattoo Freeze tomorrow! What do you think? You guys are going to look awesome right? We’d like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to our friends at www.Octomuffin.co.uk for organising these for us.

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Tattoo Freeze 2014 Sponsors

UKRDA are excited to announce the sponsors for Tattoo Freeze 2014!

We would like to thank Wenlock Water for keeping our thirsty skaters and officials hydrated; Octomuffin, for kindly supplying and printing the T-shirts for the officials team; and finally, GB-EMS for once again providing medical cover for the event.

tattoo-freeze-2014-sponsorsWe can’t run these events without the help of companies like this supporting us, so thanks again to all involved in the above!

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Tattoo Freeze Tickets!

Tattoo Freeze is nearly upon us! Tickets are still on sale for your chance to watch four UKRDA sanctioned bouts featuring teams from across the country. We know the teams are excited, are you? Get your tickets from the Tattoo Freeze website now!

http://www.tattoofreeze.com/tickets

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Team Scotland Trials – Round 2 Skaters Announced!

Team Scotland is pleased to announce the 40 skaters who have progressed to round 2 trials for Team Scotland:

Admiral Attackbar – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Anita B Nasty – Newcastle Roller Girls
Cara Viola – Glasgow Roller Derby
Circuit Breaker – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Clinically Wasted – Granite City Roller Girls
Crazylegs – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Fight Cub – Granite City Roller Girls
Fun Ghoul – Fierce Valley Roller Girls
Ginge – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Jess E. Ska – Glasgow Roller Derby
Marshall Lawless – Glasgow Roller Derby
Megan Hyndman – Glasgow Roller Derby
Milky – Dundee Roller Girls
Minnie Riot – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
MISS COLLIE-CHECK – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Missy Rascal – Rainy City Roller Girls
Mo B Quick – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Mona Rampage – Glasgow Roller Derby
Rock’N Riot – Granite City Roller Girls
Rogue Runner – Glasgow Roller Derby
Ruby Riot – Granite City Roller Girls
Sarah Oates – London Roller Girls
Scot-LAND a Hit – ICT Roller Girls, Kansas.
Skinner Alive – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Splat – Glasgow Roller Derby
Suffra Jett – Glasgow Roller Derby
The Bexorcist – Seaside Siren Roller Girls
Unprotected Bex – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Velosidy – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Whiskey Galore – Glasgow Roller Derby
Mazzy Chaos! – Glasgow Roller Derby
Ciderella – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Dr Carnage – Dundee Roller Girls
Yin & Bang – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Kiki – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Killer Bite – Seaside Siren Roller Girls
Caitlin O’Carroll – Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Oona Bomber – Rainy City Roller Girls
Zoe Wannabreakher – Glasgow Roller Derby
Moscow Cruel – Granite City Roller Girls

Thanks to each and every skater who tried out, it was great to see you all there!  Round 2 will be held Sunday, January 12th at Grangemouth Sports Centre.  Congratulations to everyone and can’t wait for the 12th!!

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Officials and Announcers for Tattoo Freeze 2014

UKRDA are proud to announce the following officials and announcers will be working at the upcoming Tattoo Freeze UKRDA Invitational 2014 event in Telford on the 12th January:

NSOs

Tournament Head NSOs: Ma Might and B Ref G

Crew Head: JC Danger

  • MissChief
  • Dr Stevel
  • DisorderLee
  • Lizzee Rascal
  • Anull Tramwa
  • WhackHer Phoenix
  • Emmeline Pancakehurst
  • Hairy Mark
  • Krystal Vice
  • Honor Rampage
  • Yvel Saint Laurent

Crew Head: Pettichoke

  • Iron Monger
  • McG
  • Sarah Wilkins
  • Fried Wheely
  • Jack Sour Mash
  • Scrappy Dooooom
  • Statpuss
  • Leanne T Virus
  • Daniella Smith
  • Orla Skew
  • Elli-Wan Kenobi
  • Suga Buzz

Referees

Tournament Head Referee: Cherry Fury

Assistant Tournament Head Referee: Xavier Bacon

Crew Head Ref: Crash Test Ref

  • Scream Winchester
  • Von Sleaze
  • Rocky Horror Ho
  • Tre Cruel
  • Rollin Rat
  • Quad’s Law
  • Anton Deck

Crew Head Ref: Xavier Bacon

  • stubble entendre
  • Fu Man Drew
  • Igor Maniac
  • Metal Ed
  • Eddie Whizzard
  • Skabarella
  • Cerbeross

Announcers

  • Biertrix
  • Holly Sheet
  • Smashlyn Monroe
  • Yours Truly
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2014 Q1 Rankings and Tattoo Freeze 2014 Seeding

The UKRDA 2014 Q1 rankings are applicable from January 1st and are as follows:
1. Auld Reekie Roller Girls 733.9
2. Glasgow Roller Derby 732.4
3. Tiger Bay Brawlers 706.5 (Initial ranking)
4. Rainy City Roller Girls 666.9
5. Middlesbrough Milk Rollers 665.1
6. Royal Windsor Roller Girls 664.9
7. Leeds Roller Dolls 660.0
8. Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 644.3
9. Hot Wheel Roller Derby 640.1
10. Newcastle Roller Girls 631.3
11. Hellfire Harlots 628.3
12. Central City Rollergirls 623.4
13. Seaside Siren Roller Girls 604.2
14. Bristol Roller Derby (Women’s) 603.5
15. Dolly Rockit Rollers 594.8
16. Lincolnshire Bombers 588.6
17. London Rockin’ Rollers 581.3
18. Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 578.3
19. Big Bucks High Rollers 572.5
20. Granite City Roller Girls 570.4
21. Kent Roller Girls 566.9
22. Cambridge Rollerbillies 564.3
23. Severn Roller Torrent 547.7
24. Birmingham Blitz Dames 518.0
25. The Norfolk Brawds 490.3
This ranking has been used to set the seeds for Tattoo Freeze Invitational, taking place on January 12th in Telford, West Midlands. Here are the teams matches and the bout times:
10am: Reaper Roller Girls vs Haunted City Rollers
12pm: Kent Roller Girls vs Birmingham Blitz Dames
2pm: Central City Rollergirls vs Dolly Rockit Rollers
4pm: Newcastle Roller Girls vs Hellfire Harlots
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