Manchester Roller Derby – The UK’s first co-ed roller derby league.
Manchester Roller Derby was formed in March 2010. Its founding members wanted to set up an inclusive roller derby club – one where anyone could give the sport a go, regardless of gender or ability. Thus, Manchester Roller Derby (MRD) was born.
Over the years at MRD we have learnt the dos and don’ts of derby. Through trial and error we’ve discovered what it takes to run a successful and self-sustaining roller derby league, and of the structures that need to be in place for that to happen. We are a democratic league with a dedicated and passionate committee at the helm.
Since our early days we’ve fine-tuned our training sessions to fully cater to the needs of all ability levels. We are a huge league with over 100 members who skate hard and play even harder. Our dedicated referee crew is well respected by the league and throughout the roller derby community, and we also train prospective referees or ‘refflings’.
We have two bouting women’s teams, two bouting men’s teams and a farm team known as the Rookie Monsters. We also won the UK’s first ever co-ed roller derby tournament in January 2013 with our co-ed team, the MRD AllStars. In addition to our bouting teams, we have around 40 people taking part in our rolling ‘Zero to Hero’ programme for new skaters at any one time. As spaces are freed up by skaters passing their minimum skills tests, we invite people from our waiting list to join the programme. It’s non-stop, but we love it!
MRD is extremely proud to be affiliated with the UKRDA and we look forward to working with the association to help further competitive roller derby in the UK.