Team Wales Line-Up Manager: Professor Moriarty

Earlier, we covered Team WalesManager and one of their skaters from the 2014 team, but we shouldn’t forget the Coaching team, who will be training and organising Team Wales on track into the 2017 World Cup. In collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we’re happy to start off our run of Coaching team interviews with Team Wales’ returning Line-Up Manager, Professor Moriarty.

Professor MoriartyProfessor Moriarty, at the left, walking out with Team Wales in Dallas. (Courtesy Jason Ruffell, Roller-derby-on-film.)

Professor Moriarty has been a member of Neath Port Talbot Roller Derby since she started in the game, 3 years ago. She bench coached the team through last year’s British Champs, and into this year’s. Selected as Line-Up Manager for the first Team Wales which competed in the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, she reapplied for the role, and was successful in this earlier this year.

In common with other members of Team Wales, you’re returning in your role as LUM from last time around. What lead to you reapply to the role for a second run?

Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment! I had an amazing time during my first term with Team Wales but it was quite an emotional rollercoaster due to us being a brand new team. We had to start everything from scratch; some said that we would never make it to Dallas, but we proved the doubters wrong and were placed 17th in our very first World Cup. I feel like Team Wales is our baby and I want to be able to nurture it and watch it grow from the fledgling team we were last time. I want to be able to say; “I was part of that. I helped that grow to new heights within the Derby community.”

The LUM is also involved in selection and training for the National Teams. What things were you looking out for in Team Wales selection last time (and what are you looking out for in the new applicants this time)?

During our first try outs we were trying to find as many skaters that were able and prepared to give the commitment to a new team that was needed. I remember seeing Jen (R27) for the first time and she blew my mind with her passion and love of the sport.

With our ability to now prove we are a country that wants to be present on the World Stage of Derby, I think our thoughts are different. We want to build on what we did last time and need to be more specific in the direction we take. We’ve done the “Got there, did that”, we now want to inspire local skaters to want to be part of their countries team. This can only be done by ensuring that we look for not only existing talent, but also rough diamonds.

I may offend a few skaters but my ideology is: we are Welsh, we are not pretty players but what we do, we do well, with the grit and determination of a country that is hardworking and focused on being the best they can possibly be!

And how are you planning on contributing to the training process for the selection?

I am not a coach and will never claim to be one; what I bring to the table is the ability to read people and be able to know what they are capable of. During the last term we had a skater that was not the best, but her communication was second to none. I fought against a lot of opposition to ensure that she was given the chances she deserved and it paid off. Just because you don’t have the right footwork or the right build shouldn’t mean that you’re not suitable to play for your country. This sport was built on inclusivity and I am a huge believer in the underdog!

LUM can get fairly pressured, especially when playing against a tough team (like New Zealand), on a national stage. How you do manage the job in that kind of situation (and what’s it like)?

I am a very level headed person (my Husband may disagree with that). When others are losing their heads around me, I am looking ahead to see where we can make changes to improve what we are doing, so as to alleviate the problem. I like to know each and every one of my skaters, their abilities and what I think they are capable of. With this in mind, I am able to read situations and correct them without causing any pressure on my skaters. I believe in forward thinking, analysing what could and may go wrong and having strategies in place to combat them even before they arise, so as to make sure my skaters are in their Zen place when playing.

Returning to the role means that you bring a lot of experience with you. What you do think the last World Cup taught you about LUMing the National Team (and is there anything you’ll be doing differently this time?)

The last World Cup taught me to be prepared for all eventualities: Know who does what and where, so when something does crop up it can be dealt with immediately. It taught me to appreciate help and to work as a team. To quote Fear’s mantra, “Team work, makes the dream work”. The only thing I’d do differently this time is to try and soak more of the atmosphere in, as while it’s happening it’s like a whirlwind all around you and then, poof it’s over!

(And what has been the best part of LUMing Team Wales so far…)

The best part for me was during the World Cup each country had its own room, which was situated on the floor below the auditorium. Before each game we would congregate here and walk up as a team singing. We sang everything from the National Anthem to Tom Jones, it was amazing!!!!!!

Last time around, you were reluctant to say who you’d like to see Team Wales take on in the World Cup. But, we’re going to try again! If you could have any team (existing or not) play Team Wales, who would it be? (And if the World Cup could be anywhere, where would you want it to be?)

I’d like to see the World Cup in Europe this time. It’s a very expensive time and I think the European countries need a chance to be able to show what we can do. I’m still reluctant [to pick opponents] but would love to see a proper 6 Nations competition, just like the rugby!!

The original interview was published by Scottish Roller Derby.

Team Scotland Announcement

The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association are delighted to announce the selection of Coaching and Management Roles for the Scottish National Women’s Team, as we prepare for the next Women’s Roller Derby World Cup in 2017.

Rosie Peacock

Taking on the mantle of Head Coach is Rosie Peacock. Rosie is an extremely experienced roller derby coach, having provided training for teams across the UK. She is also currently a skater on Auld Reekie Roller Girls’ A-team, the All-Stars, as well as vice-coach for the Scottish National Men’s Team. She brings all of this skill to bear on the task of making Team Scotland Roller Derby the best possible team it can be. Rosie said

“I am really excited by the potential Scotland has to achieve the highest standards of roller derby and athleticism for the proposed 2017 World Cup a well as other national and international opportunities. I’m looking forward to building the strongest team unit possible, collaborating with the management team and skaters to develop forward thinking tactics and gameplay, making Scotland a pioneer in modern roller derby.”

Five Star Sylk

Stepping into the Assistant Coach position is Sara “Five-Star Sylk” McCann. Sylk is a very experienced skater and coach; she has been instrumental in training Glasgow’s Mean City Roller Derby from the very start through to their current position as one of the foremost co-ed leagues in Scotland. She brings this skating and coaching experience to the task of training Scotland for the World Cup in 2017. She said

“I am looking forward to this role as the next step up in my team leadership role. To work on the national stage is a big move from the league level. I’m looking forward to working with some talented skaters that I know and some that I might not yet have met. I’m also extremely proud to be able to be part of the Team Scotland setup having watched previous incarnations. To represent your country is the biggest honour conceivable.”

Rufi-Ohh

Providing assistance for coaching, and also as Line-Up Manager, Erin ‘Rufi-Ohh’ Murphy. Rufi continues in the role from the last selection, providing her experience to further the training of the new Team Scotland. Rufi says

“I can’t wait to undertake this role for a second time. The 2014 Roller Derby World Cup was such a fantastic experience for me and I believe that Scotland has such amazing talent that needs to be shown and I can’t wait to be part of that again. I am also looking forward to working with the new management team and skaters in the build up to the next RDWC wherever it may be. I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and what we can do with Team Scotland this time round!”

Hazzard

In the role of Team Manager, coordinating all aspects of the team, we have Hazel “Hazzard” Mochan. Hazzard is one of the founding members of Livingston’s New Town Roller Girls, and has coordinated and built the team to its current status, including hosting games for British Champs last year. She is also actively involved in the Scottish derby community. She brings her organisational skills and passion to the role of Managing Team Scotland to the 2017 World Cup. Hazzard says

“The role of team manager for Team Scotland is a really exciting opportunity that I am so happy to hold. I am really looking forward to getting the 2017 Team Scotland team to the next World Cup and ensuring they have the best support system to get them there. I’ve always wanted to be a part of Team Scotland in some capacity and to be helping spearheading the entire process is incredible.”

We wish them all well in their roles and look forward to more updates from the Scottish National Women’s Team.

all photographs courtesy of Laura MacDonald

National Squad Interviews: Team Wales Manager, Dorkmistress

In our series of national squad themed interviews in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we present Team Manager: Dorkmistress.

Dorkmistress has had a long and varied time in Roller Derby. Starting in 2011 with the Cardiff Roller Collective, as a skater and announcer, she has since moved to Swansea City Roller Derby (in 2013), and moved into refereeing for both Swansea and the South West Silures in 2014. She was Team Manager for Team Wales Roller Derby for the 2014 Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup, and continues in this role, having been re-elected in the post earlier this year. Her derby CV is extensive, including over 60 games refereed, and 100 announced, over her 5 year period in the sport.

Dorkmistress

In common with other Team Wales roles, you’re returning to the role of Manager from the last iteration of the National Team. What led you to decide to continue in the role?

It’s a big decision – I loved the last two years but it’s a fairly big commitment. We learnt so much in the last two years, starting the team from scratch and I wanted to make sure that I could see these lessons implemented. I know how I want to do things differently and think that I can do a much better job this time around. Plus, I’m not ready to watch Team Wales on track without being part of it! When I was thinking about how to answer these questions I looked back on the Team Wales Facebook page and seeing the support, encouragement and emotion on there made me remember what an incredible experience and honour it is to be part of Team Wales, and to be part of a team of such amazing people. And I still regularly look at the pictures of the Team Wales supporters gang – those crazy laydees from Neath Port Talbot, the supporters who travelled to Belgium and Dallas with their inflatables and daffodil hats, our own official leader of chants, Rhys Jones. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Managing a National team is quite a complex task, with many things to keep track of (and you’ve technically managed 2 Nations, what with Team Sealand). What do you think are the most important aspects of the job? (And coping with the workload?)

Being able and willing to keep all the plates you are spinning in the air is probably the key to success! And you can only achieve that with delegation and lots of communication. I worked with the skaters and other members of the management team to set up committees to cover key areas, like fundraising and events, and each group had an action plan and regular meetings. I did live on Facebook and Google Docs for the year, and ended up missing training a fair bit, but I wanted to make that commitment to make sure Team Wales was in the best place possible in Dallas. I have a busy real life job, but that’s given me lots of time management and project planning skills, which were essential. Team Sealand was much easier, I just had to sort out travel and bout contracts!

Last time around, a big part of the Management for most National teams was simply raising the funds to make it to Dallas. How did you guys go about managing the process, and finding new ways to get funds?

We were really clear that fundraising was the responsibility of everyone in Team Wales, and everyone got involved. We had huge support from leagues from Newcastle to LRG to Severn Roller Torrent to Swansea City Roller Derby, giving us raffle proceeds, holding fundraising events and giving us stall space at their events. We had people donate money, we sold a LOT of t-shirts, we held karaoke nights, we made loom bands, we had a baby picture competition, we had face painting at our games – literally any way we could get money out of people, we tried. We also decided to hold the fabulous Road to Dallas tournament in Newport in October 2014, hosting Teams Scotland, Ireland and West Indies. Fundraising was constant – the challenge was to make it fun and to try and not just ask the same people all the time….same as most leagues face. It will be easier in some ways this time – we have our merch in place and an existing fan base – but harder in a sport where we have more leagues trying to fund raise from the same audience.

What’ve you learned from the last time around that you’ll be applying this time, to improve Team Wales’ management?

Have you got enough space in this blog? We’re starting in a better position – we have a clear identity and design, so we will have t-shirts and merch available sooner and more options for our supporters. Do more on social media – keep everyone updated on our journey towards the World Cup. Delegate more and more completely – easier when you know what you are trying to achieve and know all the details and issues that need to be considered. Get the right partners and sponsors so things are as easy and cheap as possible for us. Play more games – we had 9 months from team selection to the World Cup last time and that wasn’t enough – one reason we were keen to kick off the National Squad selection process in the UK. Everyone’s going to freak out a bit on this journey – we are all allowed a freak out, just hopefully not at the same time. Sleep more and stop looking at Facebook messages at midnight and then again at 7am. Don’t share a room with morning people if you are a night owl – probably the hardest and most important lesson I learnt…

You’ve also announced in many places, including at the first Men’s World Cup. How would you compare your two World Cup experiences?

Very different experiences because they were very different sized events on very different continents. The Men’s World Cup memories I have will last me a lifetime. It was my first taste of international roller derby and it was small and perfectly formed – the announcing team was incredible and the size of the schedule and event meant you could keep up with all of the action and see all of the teams and skaters sat next to you. I got to hang out with Team Japan and watch Team Argentina and nearly lost my voice shouting at Team Wales scoring points against Team USA – and those moments were all in the same room, right next to each other. It was the first time I got to introduce the Welsh National Anthem and I can still feel the hairs rising on the back of my neck. I also got to do the in-house announcement for *that* Wales V Australia game and the emotion in the venue at that last jam overwhelmed me so much I cried for 30 minutes at the end of the game – us announcers feed off that crowd emotion and I have never felt anything like it. It was such a personal experience I am not sure anything will ever really be the same as that. I’m desperately proud to have been part of the delivery of that event and I am more than a bit heartbroken that I can’t go to Calgary this July – but I know Team Wales will make me and everyone else even prouder than they did that day in Birmingham.

The Blood and Thunder World Cup was just so much bigger. When we arrived at the airport the customs guys said ‘you here for the roller derby?’. That’s because they had already seen so many skaters and fans. 30 teams is a lot of people, three tracks in this massive room in a ginormous exhibition centre in America? Much bigger than the Futsal! If I went to the team room (each team had its own room! what?!) it was a good 5 minute walk, which, by the end of the day, felt like 5 miles. We’d gone to the European Roller Derby Tournament in Belgium and shared the underside of the bleachers seating with 7 other National teams and the next thing you knew we had a Team Support person, and a room and all sorts of things to make our time easier. I missed announcing though, you watch games in a different way and I didn’t see a lot of other games as I was busy on the merch stall or sorting transport or one of the many other things that went on. And I missed being part of the team that showed you the event and explained what was going on. However, nothing in my life will ever compare to being able to walk out on the biggest Roller Derby stage in the world as part of Team Wales in the Parade of Nations. I can’t even now, all this time later, put that experience and feeling into words. It’s something I will forever be proud of and proud to have been part of.

When you were interviewed last time around, you noted that you were most looking forward to Team Wales playing “teams from far off places”. In the event, Wales played South Africa, New Zealand, Norway and Puerto Rico, at least three of which probably count! If you could play any teams (announced or not) in the upcoming World Cup, what would they be?

Norway are going down this time! It was almost impossible to watch the game – seeing the team play out of their skins to claw back to within reaching distance for Norway to pull away just at the end. I’d love to see us play Argentina, they were incredible in Dallas and I think the South American teams are going to go to the next World Cup with a huge step up in skills and strategy. And there will be teams from new places – Iceland, definitely, maybe even Egypt, or Russia [where there are teams, but no established National infrastructure, yet]! We think and talk a lot about European Derby and Derby in North America, but the World Cup is the only place we get to see derby developing as a Global sport, and that’s going to be really evident in the next World Cup for sure.

(And if you have a place you’d like the World Cup to be, for any reason…)

Would love it to be in Japan as I have always wanted to go there but even pretending I’d have to fund raise for that makes me want to cry! Very boringly I’d like it to be in Europe next – I think that showing as many people as possible international level derby inspires skaters and so would like to see it move around continents to give everyone that experience – watching it on the internet isn’t quite the same. So next time Australia or New Zealand. Then South America or Asia or Africa. A true world tour!

The original interview was published by Scottish Roller Derby.

Welcome to Cornwall Roller Derby!

Cornwall

The first and last roller derby league in the country, Cornwall Roller Derby was formed in 2010 and has three home teams, the Rapscallion Rollers based in Penzance, Kernow Rollers in Truro and Towan Blystra Bombers in Newquay.

We have over 60 members, made up of skaters, NSOs, referees and volunteers, all training each week and coming together for monthly scrimmages as well as our annual intra-league grudge match. Players from each team can also be chosen for our travel teams, the CRD All Stars, the Scrumpy Old Men and our co-ed team, Cornish Nasties.

We are proud of our amazing league and continuously aim to promote a sense of belonging and empowerment for all of our members, while working together to create a great roller derby experience and supporting each other to become the best athletes we can be.

If you are interested in joining CRD or for more information, email info@cornwallrollerderby.com

Welcome to Hertfordshire Roller Derby!

Herts RD

Hertfordshire Roller Derby is the home of Hell’s Belles Roller Girls. With nearly 50 members, the league, which was founded in late-2010, is the largest women’s flat-track roller derby team in Hertfordshire.

League Chair, Emma Hart said

“At Hertfordshire Roller Derby we are expanding rapidly as a league and we are very excited to take the next step in joining UKRDA and to be recognised as a member.”

HRD’s Hell’s Belles were one of six teams that formed the End of the World Series tournament in 2010, which over a number of years grew and rebranded to become the British Roller Derby Championships in 2015. Following promotion last year, Hell’s Belles will be competing in the British Roller Derby Championships Tier 3 East for 2016.

Find out more about Hertfordshire Roller Derby http://www.hertsrd.co.uk/

National Squad Interviews: Team Wales, Buccaneer Betty Fear

In our series of national squad themed interviews in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we present Buccaneer Betty Fear who skated on the first Team Wales.

Tryouts are currently open for the next Team Wales, who will compete in the 2017 Roller Derby World Cup. To learn more about the Tryouts, read the FAQ, and the Application Form. The Application Form also has details of the dates and locations that Tryouts will occur, in April and May. If you would like to represent Wales internationally, then sign up to try-out!

Buccaneer Betty FearFear skating in the 2014 World Cup (against New Zealand), on the right. (Courtesy Sean Murphy)

Buccaneer Betty Fear started out in Roller Derby with Severn Roller Torrent in 2011. She remained with Severn, skating and coaching until 2015, when she joined Tiger Bay Brawlers. She was an active member of Tiger Bay during their first and only season in British Champs. She attended the 2014 Blood & Thunder World Cup as a member of Team Wales, playing against Norway, South Africa, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

Before her retirement from Roller Derby at the end of the last season, she blogged on roller derby and other topics at It’s a Hard Block Life.

So, the obvious first question is at the beginning: why try out for Team Wales?

It is so hard to write about why I tried out without relying on cliché. I think it is because it is such a big set of feelings that you run out of words…
Trying out to make a National Squad was not a life experience that I thought I would have. Roller Derby is still at this special, magical time where people who have come to the sport as an adult can have dreams like making a National Squad and have the chance to turn them into reality. If you bring the work and the commitment and the courage to put yourself on the line, you can make it happen. Our sport might not be like that forever (have you seen those juniors??), so grabbing that opportunity now, while we are in this meeting place where hard work can turn you into an elite athlete… was an obvious. At the point of trying out, even the trial felt like a win and an experience.

Tell us a bit about the mental game of the tryout process. What did it feel like to go through the tryouts; and wait and then discover you had made it onto the roster?

The tryout experience was utterly unlike I expected. I thought it would be this pressurised, lonely experience where everyone was out for themselves. Nope. Within minutes of arrival the skaters trying out were forming bonds with each other. There was a palpable sense of community and support. It was like the larger Roller Derby community, but squeezed into this incredibly intense experience. During drills people were supporting each other and rooting for each other. During scrimmage we were urging each other to jam and to pivot.

Physically and mentally it was one of the toughest experiences I have gone through. The trials were long, demanding and I think they were designed to ensure you were pretty exhausted by the time you scrimmaged. Waiting for the results of the first round of trials was agony, the elation of finding you had made the next round was swiftly followed by the awful realisation you had to do it all again, with more at stake…

Finding out I had made the Squad was an incredibly proud moment. I had spent so long prepping for those trials… I had spent all my money hiring lonely sports halls at early hours on weekend mornings, I had trained relentlessly in the gym, I’d read pretty much every sports psychology book I could get my hands on. I’d gone all out to make the Squad. Knowing I would wear a Welsh jersey was incredible.

Training for a National Team is a significant additional investment for a skater, on top of their existing league commitments. How did you manage the time needed?

For the time I was in the Squad, there was no balance in my life. It was Roller Derby, all in. I worked, I played derby and I cross trained. I mumbled ‘sorry’ to my brilliantly supportive partner as I disappeared every weekend, usually on both days, for League and Squad training. I spent my money on Roller Derby travel, the gym and physio. I missed the wedding of a close friend and countless nights out and weekend adventures.

At some point it stops being about you, and becomes about what you owe the Squad. You know that there were other skaters who would have done anything to have the spot on Squad you have, you owe it to them to go all out. You know that your team mates are missing birthdays and weddings and not seeing their kids in order to train, you owe it to them. And there is always the thought of not letting your Country down. You are going to skate out with a Welsh dragon on your chest, you want to show the World (and the Welsh) that we were serious about this sport.

In the lead up to the World Cup, Wales played several other games, including a kind of home-series (Road To Dallas) against Ireland, Wales and the West Indies. What do you think you and the team gained from these games?

The games we played in the lead-up to the World Cup were an incredibly experience. I think the proliferation of European (and UK-based teams) really lifted the quality of derby that was played at the World Cup. By the time we got there we had played half a dozen games as a National Squad – that makes a huge difference.

Instead of working out kinks in our game at the World Cup, we had a squad who had skated together, understood each other and had developed our game. We also got to learn from the experiences of teams that had skated in the first World Cup. Scotland and Ireland had such strong, experienced Squads. Playing them beforehand gave us a chance to learn and adjust. The West Indies were great to play against as well… they were such a tough, hard-hitting Squad… it totally warmed us up (tenderised us??) for the hard-hitting play we experienced in Dallas.

It also gave us a chance to experience skating as Team Wales and the whole different set of nerves that comes with that. Finally, it meant that more players had the experience of playing for their country. Not everyone made the Squad in Dallas, so some great skaters who didn’t get the chance in Dallas still had the incredible experience of skating for their country.

Representing Wales in Dallas, you played against New Zealand, South Africa, Norway and Puerto Rico. What was your favourite game, and why?

Each game was a special and intense experience and created memories that will stay with my forever. South Africa were a great, physical side, having the time of their lives and their spirit was infectious. New Zealand were, well, HUGE! They were formidable and it was brilliant to have the chance to go up against them. Puerto Rico was a joy of a game – the final of the one we played at the World Cup and just a riot.

But my favourite… was Norway. They were skilled, strong and relentless, but we had a moment where Wales came together and realised that everything we had worked for was now and that this was our chance. We went back out on track with a vengeance, lifting our performance. We lost, but that switch in how we were operating on track was special. It was a moment of mental resilience and this incredible sense of skaters going out there for each other. We did each other proud.

Are you planning on trying out for Team Wales again?

I’ve retired now – full of dreams made reality! But to anyone considering it – go.
Try out.
Yes: you.

Imagine being able to say you were at trials for a National Squad… imagine being able to say you made it. Get your butt to training, get to the gym, get watching footage and grab yourself a derby dream. You will get something from any part of the process you go through. Go get it, skater!

We currently don’t know much about the 2017 World Cup. If you had a choice, where would you like it to be (and who would you like to face on track?)

I’d love to see it in Europe: the cost for so many teams to travel to North America was prohibitive. I’d love to have it closer to home, and see more European teams able to have all their skaters there and more skaters get the chance to have their moment on track.

Who would I like to see Wales face on track? It’s got to be Norway. But this time with a different ending…

The original interview was published by Scottish Roller Derby.

Welcome to North Cheshire Victory Rollers!

North CheshireNorth Cheshire Victory Rollers was founded in November 2011 by lead co founders, husband and wife, Neil and Nic. But in the derby world they are known as Von Finkenstein and Nic Dastardly.
The league started skating at local roller discos, practising first how to skate and second how to fall without hurting yourself. The first official training session was in held Frodsham Leisure Centre car park on 1st Jan 2012. The first public bout was in the summer of 2012 against Liverpool B team, where they took the win! At the back end of 2012/2013, they rolled on over to Rudheath Leisure Centre as they were looking for a more suitable, skate friendly floor with a good mix of grip and speed.

Over the years NCVR have made intakes twice a year, where skaters have triumphed, fallen, or simply not felt the derby bug. It has left them with the our current team The Sirens, made up of characters from all walks of life. Taking on more public bouts both home and away, they continue to spread the NCVR courage near and far.

Looking towards the future, NCVR are continuing with intakes with the hope of producing a second team to extend the family and the kids won’t be left out as there will also be a junior league start up coming soon.

Welcome to Spa Town Roller Girls!

Spa Town Roller Girls

THIS.IS.SPA.TOWN.

Founded in 2012, Spa Town Roller Girls are Harrogate’s only roller derby club. Their club values are teamwork, inclusiveness, competition, learning and fun! Over the past three years they’ve been working hard to build a regular team of skaters and officials, and now have a club of near 50 active members.

Everyone is welcome to join the club as regular members and take part as either competitive skaters (female only, age 18+), recreation league skaters (all, age 16+), skating officials (all, age 16+) or non-skating officials. They are really excited to join UKRDA and help to build a positive image of roller derby in the sporting community and beyond and are currently working with Harrogate Borough Council to encourage more active sport through skating and playing roller derby. The programme, called Skate For Sport, is targeting 16+ year olds, starting in May – running as part of a new skater intake.

Spa Town like to work hard and play hard and welcome guest skaters, officials and coaches to most sessions so please email spatownrollergirls@gmail.com if you want to attend, book a game or scrim or find out more.

England Roller Derby (Team England) Announcement

The UKRDA are happy to announce, that after some collaboration, we have come to an agreement with England Roller Derby who have now stated their intention to become fully affiliated once again.

As part of this process UKRDA are undertaking the first stage – recruitment of management and coaches for the 2017 Blood and Thunder World Cup.

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The UKRDA is recognised as the governing body of roller derby in the UK by BRSF. Affiliation of national teams is a step towards roller derby being involved in mainstream sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympics. UKRDA member leagues are grassroots run and UKRDA directors and representatives are democratically voted for by the skaters. UKRDA follow the ethos of “by the skaters for the skaters” but ultimately strive to further promote the sport of roller derby and have it recognised and taken seriously outside the derby community.

The first women’s Roller Derby World Cup had teams from just 13 countries and later events attracted teams of the best skaters from 30 countries. England Roller Derby placed second in the 2014 women’s world cup, finishing behind Team USA in this event.

In Conjunction with this announcement England Roller Derby are on the hunt for the people to take them back to 2017 Blood and Thunder Roller Derby World Cup. After making it to second place, England Roller Derby are looking to continue this run of success in the 2017 World cup.

Do you feel that you could help England?

Applications are now open for the England Roller Derby management positions, including:

  • Head coach
  • Assistant coach
  • Line up manager
  • Team manager

Applications close at Midnight 18th April 2016

To apply for one of the team management positions, please fill in this form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-XTeOpUghUFWDBLQTRFdmVYa0k

To apply for the Head Coach, Assistant Coach or line up manager please fill in this form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-XTeOpUghUFdUJjMGQxczVVMnM

Members of the management team will be expected to attend skater tryouts and other events, including training sessions and games.

If you have any questions, please contact ukrdanationalsquads@ukrda.org.uk.

Team Wales National Squad Appointments

Wales Roller Derby

UKRDA are delighted to announce the latest national squads appointments for Team Wales Roller Derby.

Our congratulations go out to Dorkmistress who will be at the helm of Team Wales as their Team Manager. Smirkcules will stepping into the role of Head Coach working with Chant-Hell as Assistant Coach. Professor Moriarty will be returning to keep the team calm and in order as Line Up Manager.

We would like to wish them all the best of luck in their roles and can’t wait to see them in action and representing roller derby in the UK. The team tryouts will be taking place later in the Spring, keep an eye on their Facebook page for more updates.