Support Teams England and Scotland in the Roller Derby World Cup.

The UKRDA is proud to support the two National Teams heading over to Toronto, Canada in a couple of weeks to represent England and Scotland at the Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup. Both teams have been training hard over the past few months in preparation for the event.

REPRESENTING ENGLAND:
Dalai Harmer
Dee-mise
el VISIOUS
Feral Fairy
Fox Sake
Frightning Bolt
Grievous Bodily Charm
Hustle Her
Jack Attack
Juicy Lucy
Kamikaze Kitten
Metallikat
Missy Rascal
Ninjette
Raw Heidi
Rogue Runner
Shaolynn Scarlett (injured)
Stefanie Mainey
The Mighty Mighty Bash
Vagablonde
Violet Attack
Coaches: Ballistic Whistle, Barry Fight & Rollin’ StoneR.

You can follow Team England on Twitter (@TeamEnglandRD), facebook, or visit their website if you’re interested in helping contribute funds to individual skaters or all of Team England to help them get to the 2011 World Cup.

Rollin’ StoneR says:

Thanks for all the awesome messages of support you continue to send with your donations, please keep ’em coming!  Every £ you can spare is very much appreciated!!!

REPRESENTING SCOTLAND:
Alma Geddon
Armed Bandit
Betty Gogo
Blazin’ Phoenix
Ciderella
Clinically Wasted
Crazylegs
Danger Mouth
Fight Cub
Lily Lethal
Marla Mayhem
Marshal Lawless
Minnie Riot
Mistress
Mo B Quick
Moxie Emerald
Velosidy
Viper
Whiskey Galore
Wild Oates
Coaches: Viper and Alma Geddon

From the team:

Team Scotland Roller Derby team and supporters have been working hard over the past 6 months to raise funds to get the team to the first ever Roller Derby World Cup.  All the leagues in Scotland have pitched in, and an amazing amount of money and sponsorship has been raised through fundraising events, merchandise and generous donations.

We have a honeyfund account where people can donate to us, and you can also hit the donate button on our website.

Keep up with the latest team news at the Team Scotland website: www.teamscotlandrollerderby.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TeamScotlandRD or follow them on Twitter: twitter.com/TeamScotlandRD

Check back on the UKRDA website for the teams’ bout schedules/brackets.

 

Welcome Newcastle Roller Girls to the UKRDA!

The Newcastle Roller Girls (NRG) are the newest addition to the UKRDA family, forged when like minds, athletic ability and a desire to do something different collided with an imported all-girl American sport.

The team was founded in 2009 by four girls including Claire Byrne, the current team captain. NRG have been going for two years, in that time meeting and training with skaters from across the world, while teaching themselves the game, and progressing to a bouting squad that are ready to give back to the roller derby community.

Their first bout (away) was Hadrian’s Brawl on 11 April 2010, a real baptism of fire against the Auld Reekie Roller Girls‘ B team, and the 5th March 2011 saw their  first home bout, Flog on the Tyne, against Aberdeen’s Granite City Roller Girls at The Lightfoot Centre in Walker, Newcastle. Final score: 113 – 63 to NRG.

Kalamity James tells us a little about her league…

We’ve been part of the recent UK roller derby boom, with our ranks swelling more than we can believe and demand for our rookie course blowing us away with every intake. This interest and the hard work everyone puts into the league means we now have 3 teams:

  • The Canny Belters – Our A team
  • The Whippin’ Hinnies – Our B team
  • Tyne & Fear – Our Merby team

As well as two full teams plus spares, we are a busting-at-the-seams after a recent intake of newbies who are just about to graduate their minimums.

During our first bouting year, we travelled the length and breadth of the UK to battle teams, make new friends, and maintain a positive vibe in the derby world. This year we aimed to build on that by bouting our two teams and getting as many of our newbies up to standard and out on track as soon as they’re ready to. Our aim is to get every girl and boy on skates, taking part, and joining in as often as possible. Having achieved all that, our goal for the future is to improve exponentially with every game we play, and aim to have match ups with teams we’ve admired from afar. Our calendar for next year is already full and we’re looking forward to taking on teams that will really challenge us.

Away from the track we’ve organised a newbie bootcamp to help skaters pass their minimums, and encourage new teams across the UK, we’ve agreed to send our coaches to other leagues to encourage a safe and fun start to the world of derby for areas where it’s new. We’ve taken part in community events and importantly we’ve worked hard to make sure we get lots of positive media coverage of bouts and events that we attend, to spread the word of derby and help the newer leagues or good causes that we’re working with.

At each of our home bouts we invite a local charity to come along and get donations – then we give them a donation from our league too.

Our league has a real sense of DIY. We promote from the beginning a feeling of “team” within the league.

We task new members with being “positive role models” for their group, asking them to pay at least one compliment per session to another skater, and giving themselves a compliment too. We have added to the end of our minimum skills that you must come and NSO, to further build on your knowledge of the sport, and also meet the full team. We request all skaters take part in extra-curricular activities together, helping the league, or a local cause – encouraging people to mix outside of their usual group of friends. Because of this, there is a strong sense of camaraderie within the NRG.

We also encourage all skaters to strive to achieve excellence. We take each skater as an individual and help her on her journey. Our drop-out rate is low, so we know we’re doing pretty well at this.

We’re excited to see what the future holds for NRG and we can work closely with the UKRDA to double derby audience figures in the next 12 months!

For more information on Newcastle Roller Girls, check out their website

2012 UKRDA Expo Tournament

In conjunction with Central City Rollergirls, UKRDA will be putting on an exhibition tournament that experiments with how a rankings system for the UK could work. The positioning and rankings of teams for this event is purely for exhibition purposes but will herald the start of an exciting new chapter for UK Roller Derby!

An internal vote of qualifying leagues took place amongst member leagues and the top 8 ranked UKRDA leagues taking part in Tattoo Freeze 2012 are (in alphabetical order) Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Birmingham Blitz Dames, Central City Rollergirls, Dolly Rockit Rollers, Glasgow Roller Girls, Lincolnshire Bomber Roller Girls, London Rockin’ Rollers, and London Rollergirls (C-Team) – congratulations all!

Tattoo Freeze will take place on 15th January 2012 at The International Centre Telford TF3 4JH http://www.tattoofreeze.com/artists.

Thanks to all UKRDA leagues for your support with the planning so far, and keep and eye on our site and members forum for futher announcements on how you can get involved.

Member of the Month – Auld Reekie Roller Girls

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Formed: April 2008
Number of Members: 85

How many teams do you have?
Two travel teams, the Twisted Thistles, our All Star travel team who comprise our WFTDA charter skaters, and the Cannon Belles, our up-and-coming All Star reserves. We also just announced our first ever Home Season, starting January 2012! We are dead excited about it and the teams battling it out will be the Cherry Bombers, the Leithal Weapons and the Skatefast Club.

Last, but not least, our most recent addition to the ARRG family are the newly christened Wrecking Balls, our awesome recreational team. Less than a month old, they already kick rec butt!

How will your season be structured with all this change?
Our new home season will run from January to the end of April, and then our travel team games will make up the rest of the year and will include our WFTDA sanctioned games for the year!

What have you got coming up?
On 10th December our Cannon Belles are heading south to play Newcastle and then it’s straight into our new home season come January, where a lot of new faces will be making their bout debuts – we’ve got some great new talent up and coming. The Thistles are very excited about heading down to London later on in 2012 to play the Suffra Jets too!

Do you have any particular leagues who have helped you out?
London Rollergirls have been a huge help in advising us about progressing through the WFTDA Apprentice Program and graduating to a full member league. In addition, Montreal Roller Derby helped us out last year by coming up and playing us in a closed bout last April, on our third birthday no less!

What has been your proudest moment?
Being accepted into the Womens Flat Track Derby Association as a full member league has obviously meant a great deal to us, but there has been so much! In the past year alone, we have played against internationally ranked teams, developed and launched three new intraleague teams and started up a recreational team! This has been a huge year for ARRG!

Where next, then?
Our aims as we move forward are to develop skills across the league through our home season, play internationally for our WFTDA rankings and continue to push to be the best we can be!

What makes your league tick?
ARRG are dedicated to creating a place to skate for anyone who wants to, be they Fresh Meat who have never skated before, someone who chooses to skate non-competitively or one of our extremely determined travel team members. We run our league entirely democratically with a ‘for the skaters, by the skaters’ approach, so we depend on the people involved to keep us going. We also maintain our favourite saying in everything that we do; it’s nice to be nice!

What is your wish for UK Derby?
A European WFTDA Region and a UK rankings system for all UKRDA member leagues!

For more information about Auld Reekie Roller Girls, upcoming bouts or
getting invoved, please see their Facebook Page page or follow them on Twitter.