England Roller Derby Management

UKRDA are delighted to announce the England Roller Derby management and coaches ahead of the upcoming team selection. In our fist announcement we’re delighted to share the new Team Manager and Head Coach.

Taking on the role of Team Manager, we have Claire McAllister. Claire joined Big Bucks High Rollers two and a half years ago, and has worked tirelessly to attain her current position of Team Captain. She may be born on April 1st but her approach to England Roller Derby is a serious affair.

She is incredibly honoured to be voted into the position of Team Manager for England Roller Derby, and is looking forward to working alongside the coaching staff, providing support and resources that will help build and develop a core group of skaters into a strong and impenetrable team that will lead England into the 2017 World Cup.

In the position of Head Coach is Southern Discomfort skater, Illbilly. He’s made the Men’s England Team two selections running; skating with the premier men’s team in the UK and Europe, he’s bringing the skills from the men’s game, along with his international competition experience to push England Roller Derby forward. He is looking forward to “building and working with a squad of the most talented skaters, which will be incredibly rewarding. In an ever changing landscape England Roller Derby has always cemented itself at the highest level, I can’t wait to help the new team to have the success it deserves. The first task will be tryouts and when these are set then this new and incredibly exciting journey can begin.”

Congratulations both on your roles and we look forward to sharing the rest of the management team with you very soon!

National Squad Interviews: Team Wales Assistant Coach: Chant-Hell

Completing our set of interviews, in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, with Team Wales Roller Derby‘s coaching and management team, we present Wales’ Assistant Coach: Chant-Hell.

Chant-Hell, playing with Tiger Bay Brawlers against London Rollergirls (Photo: Adam Chard) 

CHANT-HELL, PLAYING WITH TIGER BAY BRAWLERS AGAINST LONDON ROLLERGIRLS (PHOTO: ADAM CHARD)

Chant-Hell started out in the Cardiff Roller Collective in 2011, before moving to coach and skate for Tiger Bay Brawlers in 2012, where she remains. She is also owner of the Skate Alley skate store. Pregnancy ruled out Chant Hell from trying out for positions in the 2014 Team Wales, but this time around she is both Assistant Coach, and also planning to try out for the team itself.

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National Squad Interviews: Team Wales Head Coach, Smirkcules

The chance to learn more about Team Wales‘ Management team continues, in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, as we cover the first of the two Coaching positions with Team Wales Head Coach Smirkcules.

Smirkcules, SMIRKCULES (PHOTO: CINDERWRECKER)

Smirkcules has had an extensive Coaching career in Roller Derby, starting out with London Rockin’ Rollers in 2010, before moving to Croydon Roller Derby, and thenmoving the considerable geographical distance to Newfoundland, coaching 709 Roller Derby there. After a few years coaching in Canada and Australia, he arrived back on British shores in time to coach Birmingham Blitz Dames to top of the Tier 3 table in British Champs 2015. He’s also an ex-skater for Southern Discomfort!

As well as all of that, he’s a fairly prolific announcer, and announced at the Road to Dallas event in 2014 where Team Wales last battled it out against the UK’s other teams (and Team West Indies). He’s co-announced with Team Wales Manager Dorkmistress, at other events, as well as being involved along with her in the short-lived Team Sealand, placing him in good stead to collaborate in his current role as Team Wales Head Coach.

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