Woman’s National Squad survey results

The UKRDA recently launched a survey to gather opinion from the UK roller derby community on skater selection for Women’s National Squads.  This survey was open to all UK roller derby skaters and we received replies from about 10% of the community.

We are very grateful to all the skaters who participated in the survey, this kind of information really does help us to make decisions that reflect what UK skaters really want.

Now the UKRDA are working alongside the National Squads Coaching Committees to explore the following possibilities:

• Opening up trials to non-UKRDA leagues

• Publishing skater selection criteria & details of try-outs as far in advance as possible

• Holding try-outs in multiple locations

• Exploring funding and subsidising options

• Supporting bootcamps and open training sessions to support the squads and the wider community.

As well as supporting our National Squads to be the best & most competitive they can be, the UKRDA would also like to enable a way for the National Squad to put something back into the community it represents– ultimately raising the game across the UK.  The survey results were very supportive of this idea, with lots of suggestions on how this knowledge transfer could work, including ideas for boot camps, expo bouts, training days and individual assessment.

The survey results are being distributed amongst UKRDA member leagues for further discussion.

We would very much like to thank to everyone who took part.

UKRDA supports the London bid to host the Gay Games 2018

The UKRDA is proud to support the bid to bring the Gay Games to London in 2018. The Gay Games are the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all.


On 7th October the Federation of Gay Games will be selecting the host city and we proudly back London to deliver this magnificent event to our community and our country.

Roller Derby is included on the Sports Programme for the London event and, if successful, the UKRDA will be organising and running the tournament.

See here for the complete Sports Programme: http://london2018.info/sport/

To help cover costs involved in the bidding process the UKRDA has contributed to the 100-Out Campaign, a ‘giving-circle’ style fundraising initiative to help support the bid. Find out more about 100-Out here: http://www.100-out.org.uk/

To show support, visit London 2018’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/London2018


Applications for National Team Manager Positions OPEN until 30 September

Applications for England Scotland & Wales National Team Manager Positions OPEN until 30 September

UKRDA are pleased to announce we are opening applications Team Manager positions with the English, Scottish, and Welsh Women’s National Teams.

We’re looking for highly motivated individuals with a proven record of exceptional organisational, communications and people management skills to manage our National Teams.

Team Managers will be responsible for supporting the teams to achieve the best results they can by leading the administration side of things. This includes managing committees, delegating tasks and ensuring everything is co-ordinated.  They will also lead on liaison with the UKRDA National Squads Oversight Board who have overall responsibility for ensuring our National Squads are run in an open, fair, transparent and professional way.

Applications are open NOW until the end of September 2013. Applicants are required to submit the following completed application form along with two references by midnight on 30 September to be considered.

The selection timelines are detailed below:




1 Sept 13

Applications OPEN

30 Sept 13

Applications CLOSE (at midnight)

1-7 Oct 13

Application sift

7 Oct 13

Unsuccessful applicants notified

8-14 Oct 13

UKRDA member vote for preferred candidates

15 Oct 13

Applicants notified of outcome

21 Oct 13

Press Release announcing appointment of National Team Managers

Further Details:

Application Form: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqa4xej3u0q3hya/National%20Team%20Coaching%20Application.docx

Application & Selection Process: https://www.dropbox.com/s/s50q9mwgy0l7etx/UK%20National%20Roller%20Derby%20Squads%20-%20Team%20Manager%20Selection%20Process%20v1.0.doc

Press Release

Junior Team Information Survey

The UKRDA is interested in the future of junior roller derby and requests for UK leagues to fill in a quick survey. This will help establish a better picture of the current level of junior teams and the interest in developing more teams for juniors.

The survey will only take a few minutes to fill in and can be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DLLKP9H

Any questions can be directed to: juniors@ukrda.org.uk