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.