What brought on your recent rebrand?
After five amazing years of roller derby here at Glasgow Roller Girls we decided it was time for a change and what better way to do this than with an awesome new look to celebrate. We feel that as Glasgow Roller Derby (GRD) we are spreading our wings as a league and the new look signifies our development, inclusiveness and commitment to the sport and its future as we look forward to the next five years and beyond.
How many teams do you have?
Two travel teams, the Irn Bruisers, our All Star travel team who comprise our WFTDA charter skaters, and the Maiden Grrders, our up-and-coming All Star reserves. We also have our third home teams season, starting this summer. Reigning champions the Death Stars will be taking on tough competition from the Hells Belles and first season winners the Bad Omens.
What have you got coming up?
On 24th March our Maiden Grrders are heading south to play Newcastle and then it’s a double header at home with Stockholm in April. It’s the second international bout of the season after the Irn Bruisers took on the might of Berlin Bombshells on 10th March. In May, at our new larger venue the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, our travel teams play Paris and Dundee. In June our All Star team will be travelling to Sweden to play Crime City and then the following day will be going across the water to compete against Copenhagen. GRD are also very excited to be hosting our first tournament in August comprising several of the top UK and European teams.
What has been your proudest moment?
Taking third place at the first European tournament, Roll Britannia, will always be a proud moment for the league. Also being accepted into the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Apprentice programme came through a great deal of hard work from many dedicated skaters in the league. More recently being selected to compete in the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) exhibition tournament at Tattoo Freeze, and taking third place, was a great moment.
Where next, then?
Short term we are looking to graduate to become a full WFTDA member league. Longer term 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?
GRD has always been a very forward-looking league and it’s this drive to continually progress which trickles down from league training to new skaters at Glasgow Roller Recruits. There is a place for everyone at GRD whether that is a top travel team skater, a referee, a newly skills passed skater or a core member of our awesome NSO team.
We are a democratic league and work together for the best of the club. We succeed and fail as a team and to us that’s not failing at all.
What is your wish for UK Derby?
As a founder member of UKRDA we are excited about the growth and development of the organisation and its aims for our sport in the future. The recent exhibition tournament was a great success and showed how a ranking system could work for its members.
As a member of WFTDA we also look forward to a new European region in 2013.