UKRDA Transgender Policy

The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) has today announced the appointment of their new Transgender Liaison and the ratification of their Transgender Policy.

The policy creates a uniform standard of treatment of transgender skaters, and ensures the protection and safety of transgender skaters throughout the UK, with UKRDA member leagues committing to adhere to the policy. This includes safeguarding the confidentiality of trans* skaters, and ensuring that they are supported not just by the law, but by UKRDA policies.

Mistress Malicious, chairwoman of the UKRDA, welcomed the announcement. She said: “This policy makes the UKRDA one of the most forward-thinking and inclusive sports organisations in the country.

“Skaters in our member leagues come from all walks of life and with this policy, we ensure that transgender skaters feel safe, supported and welcome within the UK roller derby community.”

To oversee the integration of the Transgender Policy, the UKRDA has appointed Glasgow Roller Derby skater Jodie Stanley as the organisation’s Transgender Liaison. Jodie is a policy manager within a national LGBT organisation.

“I hold a Senior Management position within a national LGBT organisation, and bring to the role vast experience in creating and influencing national and local policies and frameworks, ensuring that they represent lgbt people as widely as possible and reflect their differing needs.”

Jodie will be co-performing this role with fellow GRD skater Freya Gosnold, who Freya has a great personal and political investment in trans* advocacy and support, and will be a wonderful asset to this role. Jodie said:

“I’m excited that UK roller derby is creating a breakthrough arena for transgender representation in our sport. Transgender people statistically engage far less in sport, partly due to structural discrimination – and I am delighted that roller derby is the sport which is breaking the barriers of gender, making it all about the sport and not about anatomy.”

Freya added: “Roller Derby has the potential to really pave the way for trans* representation in sport, at all levels of competition, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my experience as a trans* person and activist to support our sport and our community on this journey.”

The full UKRDA Transgender Policy is available here.

UK Roller Derby Conference Survey – open to ALL UK roller derby leagues/teams/independent officials

As part of the UKRDA’s ongoing commitment to promote, develop and grow roller derby in the UK, we are pleased to announce that we are organising the UK’s first Roller Derby Conference. It will take place on the 11th and 12th October 2014 at Warwick University Campus and will be open to representatives from all UK leagues, as well as UK based independent officials.

We would appreciate it if representatives from ALL UK LEAGUES/TEAMS and UK-based OFFICIALS could take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://bit.ly/UKopenconference – regardless of whether you are from a UKRDA member league, a non-UKRDA member league, a brand new or well-established league, or if you are an affiliated or independent UK-based official. There are no restrictions on the number of survey submissions per league and we encourage you to share the link with your neighbouring leagues so we can get as many responses as possible. Your responses will help the UKRDA conference team to tailor the event so the sessions on offer can be as informative and beneficial as possible for all those attending.

Survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/UKopenconference

Closing date for submissions is 11pm 30th April 2014.

Please note: The data will be held electronically by the UKRDA Conference Team.

No sensitive responses will be shared with identifying details without the express written permission of the relevant leagues/individuals.

UK Roller Derby Open Conference 11-12th October 2014
Warwick University Campus
openconference@ukrda.org.uk

2014 Q2 Rankings

The quarter 2 rankings for 2014 have been released! Haunted City Rollers and Reaper Roller Girls make an entry after their Tattoo Freeze debut, and Manchester Roller Derby make an entry after their narrow defeat to Birmingham Blitz Dames in January.

The biggest risers are Central City Rollergirls after their defeat of Dolly Rocket Rollers at Tattoo Freeze.

The UKRDA 2014 Q2 rankings are applicable from April 1st and are as follows:

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 734.0
2 Glasgow Roller Derby 732.2
3 Tiger Bay Brawlers 707.4 -3.0
4 Middlesbrough Milk Rollers 676.5 +6.0
5 Rainy City Roller Girls 674.7 +8.2
6 Central City Rollergirls 666.5 +46.6
7 Leeds Roller Dolls 664.6 +0.1
8 Newcastle Roller Girls 645.6 +8.2
9 Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 644.5
10 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 642.9
11 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 637.5 -29.2
12 Hellfire Harlots 634.3 +6.8
13 Seaside Sirens Roller Girls 611.5 -0.4
14 Bristol Roller Derby (Women’s) 603.2
15 London Rockin Rollers 589.6
16 Lincolnshire Bombers 585.1
17 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 582.8
18 Big Bucks High Rollers 568.2
19 Granite City Roller Girls 566.0
20 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 Initial
21 Cambridge Rollerbillies 565.2
22 Dolly Rockit Rollers 560.4 -43.6
23 Kent Roller Girls 555.4 -18.5
24 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7
25 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 Initial
26 Birmingham Blitz Dames 539.0 +19.0
27 Manchester Roller Derby (Women’s) 532.0 Initial
28 The Norfolk Brawds 484.1

http://flattrackstats.com/rankings/ukrda/quarterly/current