Swansea City Roller Derby (SCRD) are the city’s first flat track roller derby league and have gone from strength to strength since their formation in 2010. The league is home to the Slayers who are enjoying their third full bouting season this year, the newly formed SCRD B team along with our ever growing co-ed contingent, who will be hosting their first open bout in June. We are also fortunate to be a home to several Team Wales skaters.
As a league, SCRD aims to continue in encouraging and empowering individuals from all walks of life to explore their fullest potential within this dynamic sport. SCRD provide a safe, healthy environment in which our dedicated coaching and reffing officials endeavour to provide the highest standards of training, theory and motivation inclusive to all needs. SCRD also offers a dedicated ‘rookie’ program, tailored to take new starters from learner to minimum skill level over a 12 week course, which has proven to be extremely successful.
SCRD offers a recreational skate session, where newer skaters can practice and have the chance to meet the team in an informal environment. We believe that a team that get on and work well off the track will play well on the track, and we enjoy a variety of ‘off track’ activities, such as fitness sessions, fund-raisers and charity events. SCRD aim to support both their skaters and non skating officials as much as possible both inside and outside of training, enabling them to feel part of the team as a whole from the outset.
We embrace the ‘by the skaters for the skaters’ ethos, operating as a democratic unit where all members have their say on how we progress. The league has been built from the ground up, with help and advice from many established leagues, and we hope to pass on this knowledge to other leagues, enriching the community and in some small part aiding in the progression of the sport across the country.
Looking forward, SCRD hopes to continue to grow and compete within the sport, offering the chance for skaters of all levels to become involved wherever they can. We will continue to manage SCRD in such a way that all those involved have a voice and where everyone’s opinions are listened to.
SCRD are training hard for the rest of the 2014 bouting season, and have both home and away games lined up with some fantastic teams, we are proud to become part of UKRDA, and are excited to be a continuing part of such a dynamic and passion filled sport.