Derby Milestone: WFTDA Tournament held in UK

UKRDA is celebrating another milestone in UK rollerderby – the first international Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (www.wftda.com) tournament in Europe.

On the 9th and 10th April, derby fans and skaters from the UK’s 80+ leagues descended on London for ‘Anarchy in the UK’ – 2 days of bouts between teams from Canada, America and England.

There was a high level of gameplay and athleticism on show from visiting teams – The New Skids on the Block from Montreal, the Steel City Derby Demons from Pittsburgh and Charm City from Baltimore – giving hosts London Rollergirls a well-needed challenge.

UKRDA Secretary Germaine Leer said, “This is the highest level of gameplay we’ve seen in the UK thus far, and it’s great to see how excited UK leagues now are to take the local game to the next level.”

This tournament is a turning point for UK derby. Alongside over a thousand spectators at the Excel centre, people from across the world logged on to Derby News Network to watch live footage, and facebook and twitter have been awash with updates from leagues – sharing links of ‘awesome jams’ and being inspired to push their teams even harder to match the standard of play shown at Anarchy.

2011 has been as exciting year for UK roller derby so far, and whilst our leagues work hard on track, UKRDA is working just as hard off it – to raise the profile of the sport in the UK, and internationally.

UKRDA is Now Open to New Members!

The UKRDA is excited to announce it is ready to receive new membership applications.

UKRDA is the National Association for roller derby in the UK, and aims to promote and grow rollerderby.

In order to be truly representative of the UK derby community, UKRDA encourages all leagues (yes, men too!) to join, and get actively involved in influencing the direction of the sport in Great Britain.

So…who can join the UKRDA?
Any UK based league that meets the requirements set out below:
-Established league training for at least 6 months.
-Have regular training sessions of 5 hours per month.
-Have a minimum of 5 skating members.
-All participants aged 18 years or over
-Has a code of conduct within their league or agrees to adopt the UKRDA CoC as their main CoC.
-Agree to abide by UKRDA procedures (including, but not exclusive to CoC, H&S requirements, constitution etc).
-Demonstrates commitment to the promotion of roller derby in a positive way.
-Operates under a ‘by the skaters and for the skaters’ ethos (for example, a democratic league structure for major decision making)

UKRDA Member leagues have access to a wealth of information and advice from other member leagues as well as assistance/guidance from the Association with any issues or queries related to playing the sport and running leagues in the UK. Members are ‘first to know’ regarding communications from National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and other relevant government organisations/Quangos. Being a member of the UKRDA gives leagues front line access to relevant offers from other organisations.

If you have any questions about membership, or would like an application form, please email membership@ukrda.org.uk.