Formed in November 2010 Southern Discomfort Roller Derby (SDRD or So Disco) is a men’s roller derby league based in London, England.
Since their formation, SDRD has developed into a top ten MRDA team and has repeatedly been European champions. Southern Discomfort were winners of the inaugural Men’s European Roller Derby Championship in 2012, and were also victorious most recently in claiming the 2014 Men’s European Cup title. SDRD also featured in 2014’s MRDA Championships in Seattle, and came away placed fifth overall.
The Vendetta Vixens are a skater run and supported league that have been established since March 2011. During this time they have grown from having five members to currently having in excess of 30 skaters attending across our beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions. Their ethos has always been that of a democratic skater run and funded team. The Vixens are fortunate to have the support of talented and committed individuals and good relationships with local teams who have enabled them to achieve their goals to date including participating in The End of the World Series in 2012 and the Heartland 2013 and 2014 tournaments in addition to hosting a number of public games.
Our on-going aims are to participate in the British Championship’s and improve our rankings and performance throughout the season. We also aim to raise the profile of our B team who started bouting publicly last year. Additional aims include to continue to raise awareness of and gain funds for our team through various fund raising activities to enable us to buy further training equipment and put on public games both within and outside of the British Championships. Our fundraising activities also include raising money for local charities; currently we raise money for Northamptonshire Lowdown, a service providing free and confidential support for young people.
The Vendetta Vixens are proud of their reputation of being an approachable and welcoming team both to join and to play against. The team works hard to prove themselves to be worthy components and is grateful for the advice and support from teams that they have played and trained with over the past three years. The team always reflects the positive promotion of Roller Derby as indicated by their conduct and support of local charities and events.
The Vendetta Vixens will continue to operate as a democratic skater run and financed team and we hope that 2015 will enable us to build on our achievements to date, welcome new members and face new opponents.
Bath Roller Derby Girls were founded in 2012, and strive to uphold their reputation as an exceptionally friendly league, who give back to the roller derby community, and throw everything they have into their training and on-track performance.
They’re incredibly proud of their solid skater retention rate, which they attribute to the emphasis placed on team spirit, support for all abilities and the league’s collective attitude of inclusivity. As a result of this loyalty to the league, BRDG has enjoyed steady, continuous growth since starting up, leading to the establishment of strong A and B Travel Teams (both climbing the rankings) and regular full rosters for our bouts.
Membership of the UKRDA is an important milestone in the story of our league; we’re delighted that we can play a part in the promotion, support and growth of roller derby, and are excited to see what the future holds, as our own league develops alongside.
The Red, White, and Bruise Rollers are a group of Yanks associated with the military in the UK. Some are military dependants, some are active-duty military, a few are contractors, and all are all die-hard derby fans.
RWBR are based out of RAF Lakenheath and were established June 2012.
The Q2 rankings have been released, and there has been a change at the top, with Glasgow Roller Derby leapfrogging Auld Reekie Roller Girls into the number 1 position.
Belfast, Croydon, Nottingham, Liverpool and Halifax all make their first appearance in the rankings.
**NOTE: These rankings are the positions as of April 1, 2015, and the UKRDA apologises for the delay in the release of the information.**
||Glasgow Roller Derby
||Auld Reekie Roller Girls
||Tiger Bay Brawlers
||Middlesborough Milk Rollers
||Rainy City Roller Girls
||Leeds Roller Dolls
||Nottingham Hellfire Harlots
||Royal Windsor Roller Girls
||Newcastle Roller Girls
||Central City Rollergirls
||Hot Wheel Roller Derby
||London Rockin’ Rollers
||Brighton Rockers Roller Deby
||Belfast Roller Derby
||Swansea City Roller Derby
||Plymouth City Roller Girls
||Croydon Roller Derby
||Manchester Roller Derby
||Portsmouth Roller Wenches
||Bristol Roller Derby
||Birmingham Blitz Dames
||Hereford Roller Girls
||Sheffield Steel Rollergirls
||Seaside Siren Roller Girls
||Nottingham Roller Girls
||Reaper Roller Girls
||Oxford Roller Derby
||Kent Roller Girls
||Dundee Roller Girls
||Big Bucks High Rollers
||Hulls Angels Roller Dames
||Dolly Rockit Rollers
||Liverpool Roller Birds
||Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby
||Severn Roller Torrent
||Haunted City Rollers
||Fierce Valley Roller Derby
||Milton Keynes Roller Derby
||Granite City Roller Girls
||Halifax Bruising Banditas
||Rebellion Roller Derby
||The Norfolk Brawds
||Eastbourne Roller Derby
Note: these rankings are based on paperwork submitted by March 31st. If any games were played before this date but the paperwork was not received and verified by UKRDA, then those games would not contribute to these rankings.
You can also view past rankings posts using the rankings tag.
Nottingham Roller Derby is a coed league with active women’s and men’s teams; Nottingham Roller Girls and Super Smash Brollers. It’s an exciting time for Nottingham Roller Derby, with both teams competing in the British Championships, and our B teams set to make their open game debuts this year.
Nottingham Roller Derby (NRD) was formed in 2013, merging established teams Nottingham Roller Girls (2009) and Super Smash Brollers (2011). With 80 members, NRD is a healthy sized league with a professional attitude and structure.
NRD’s dedicated NSO crew is in high demand, with Head NSO Cupid Stunt as divisional Head NSO in the 2015 women’s British Championships. The referee crew has also grown in strength and numbers, with two refereeing open games and a further five dedicated referees in training.
Preston Roller Girls formed late in 2010. As Lancashire’s first roller derby league, they attracted members from all over the county.
PRG is run by a dedicated committee of their skaters, coaches and NSO’s; all pitching in to promote the league and sport, both within their local community and further afield.
Working hard during the last year, PRG have been focusing on expanding the league and developing the skills of their skaters. Their league has now grown to the point where they have been able to start a B team. They’ve already got plenty of scrims and bouts lined up for their up and coming skaters, and are looking forward to seeing them take to the track.
2015 is set to be a really big year for PRG’s A Team too, as they are taking part in the British Championships, grouped into the Tier 4 Local North Division. They can’t wait to get started!
A comparatively small ‘London league’ founded in 2009, CRD has come staggeringly far in its five years. With no venue to begin with their skaters would practice outdoors in an Ikea car park or in Croydon’s St George’s walk. Today Croydon’s A Team, Riot Squad, is ranked 20th in Europe and they also have a fantastic B Team, Vice Squad. CRD continue to spread the word about the league and roller derby in general, with fantastic fundraisers, bouts against formidable opponents, and extremely tasteful calendars. CRD want to show you what they lack in size and number they make up for in dedication, resilience and victories.
Despite the sport’s rapid evolution, Croydon’s league values have remained the same. Their intensive coaching focuses on honing the strengths and talents of every individual to make the team the best it can possibly be. Both teams take the sport very seriously and everyone is encouraged to help out with committee work. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like – CRD are only interested in your potential to be great.
2015 looks to be a fantastic year for CRD; they will be holding a rookie intake in March 2015 and their A Team, Riot Squad, will compete in the British Championships.
We are Croydon Roller Derby – London’s youngest league and home to one of the top teams in Europe.
Liverpool’s only roller derby team was founded in 2009. Since then, the Roller Birds’ A-team (Sisters of Mersey) and their B-team (Yellow Shovemarines) have been wowing their fans at their home venue (Greenbank Sports Academy) and on the road.
This dynamic league is always looking to grow and progress, challenging themselves by skating teams ranked higher or travelling far and wide. Having just celebrated their 5th birthday, they are participating in British Championships T3 Division this year.
Check them out!
Wiltshire Roller Derby is currently Wiltshire’s only league and attracts members from mainly the north of the county. Formed in early 2012, they began bouting later that same year and held their first open home bout in January 2013.
Throughout 2013 Wiltshire focussed on expanding the team with regular Freshmeat intakes and getting themselves known within the Roller Derby community by competing in the Heartland Series (where they finished fifth within their region).
2014 was a fantastic year full of bootcamps (both hosted and attended), mixed scrims and mixed openers, which played a big part in their improved our previous Heartlands Series position, coming fourth in their division, as well as winning a mini tournament hosted by Big Bucks.
The men’s team, the Wiltshire Jambusters, also started recruiting last year and are slowly gaining members and attending more mixed men’s/co-ed games to gain experience.
Thanks to the invaluable tips learned at the first UK Roller Derby Conference, 2015 will see many changes for the league and we are all excited to see where this takes them. Wiltshire’s Freshmeat program has particularly benefited from the conference and you will be seeing a lot of fresh faces on track very soon. Wiltshire are proudly taking part in the British Roller Derby Championships this year and are looking forward to meeting and playing all the new teams in their division!
Wiltshire remain a small league but are committed to promoting their team and sport in a positive way by raising money for charity, building positive relationships with local media and businesses, and supporting the local skate shop owned skate warehouse with their events.
WRD fully embrace the by the skater, for the skater ethos and will be working hard this year to continue to grow and develop the team, promote and raise awareness of the sport in the county and continue to help their local community.
UKRDA has already helped us immensely and we are proud to be affiliated with such a positive organisation, helping us and many other leagues in our efforts to grow and develop our sport.