New UKRDA officials announced and next deadline for applying

Photo by Jason Ruffell - www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk

Photo by Jason Ruffell – www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk

The latest UKRDA independent officials applications have been adjudicated.

Joining us as an indy is:

So Solid Sue

Joining us as league-affiliated members are:

Jerry Sling-her (Bath Roller Derby Girls)
emKa (Auld Reekie Roller Girls)
Big Smack & Fries (Newcastle Roller Girls)
Cakeface (Furness Firecrackers)
Niko (Furness Firecrackers)
Dyna-MO (Furness Firecrackers)
Beth Thompson (Furness Firecrackers)
Shell Raiser (Furness Firecrackers)

The next round of applications will close on November 21, and applications received will be sorted by the Officials Admin Panel following that.

We announced the completion of our officials membership policy and the appointment of the Officials Admin Panel, which will process and decide on applications from officials, at the tail-end of last year.

Independent/non-UKRDA league officials can apply using the form here.

UKRDA league officials can apply using the form here.

All successful applicants will have to agree to follow the officials code of conduct, and sign confidentiality agreements and declarations, which can be viewed here.

UKRDA backs WFTDA and MRDA following FIRS/IOC letters

The UKRDA Board of Directors welcomes the letters from the WFTDA and MRDA to FIRS and the IOC, published publicly today (full copies of the letters, with an accompanying statement can be viewed on the WFTDA website).

These letters reasserted the position that the WFTDA is the governing body for roller derby and rejecting claims by FIRS or any other organisation which makes the same claim, with MRDA offering a statement of support.

The UKRDA, in accordance with its members’ wishes, has long aligned itself with both organisations, as our membership feels they embody the fundamental belief that roller derby should be run by its participants and not external bodies.

We agree that to allow FIRS to become the internationally recognised representative body for roller derby will have a detrimental impact on our sport, as it will not allow us to retain our autonomy  and independence. We feel it is important that the feelings of roller derby skaters, officials and organisers regarding this situation are shared with the IOC.

Although the UKRDA is a member of the British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF), which is in turn a member of FIRS, we have repeated our assertion that we do not recognise FIRS as an authority over roller derby, and we have refused to pay FIRS membership dues. Our continued membership in the BRSF ensures access to UK-based authorities such as Sport England, Sport Scotland and Sport Wales, which can and do support our members in a variety of ways, including funding.

We will continue to support both WFTDA and MRDA as long as our members feel that they are upholding this core belief.

If anyone has any questions about this, your UKRDA reps can post on the UKRDA forum or the directors can be emailed at directors@ukrda.org.uk.

Sports Accident Insurance now available through UKRDA

It’s something no-one in roller derby likes to talk about – injuries. But taking steps to protect yourself, and to make sure that if you are injured you are able to maintain your responsibilities, could take the pressure off should the dread “i word” affect you.

One of the biggest worries we hear from skaters and officials is what they will do if they get injured. Not only is not being able to take part devastating, but there can be serious consequences beyond sport, such as loss of earnings.

Sports Accident Insurance can help you deal with unexpected costs and allow you to stay stress-free as you heal, so you can focus on getting back in the game.

The UKRDA has worked with our insurance providers Jelf and Sportcover Europe to create this very affordable sports personal accident cover for officials and skaters because we are serious about roller derby and those who play it.

The insurance covers accidental injury that occurs if you are playing, practising or training, as well as during travel to and from scheduled games, training sessions or while on a roller derby tour.

The policy provides benefits that will help with rehabilitation and recovery following a sports accident. As an additional option, you can choose to protect your income, so if you’re injured and not receiving your normal pay, the policy will provide some financial support during that time.

If you are the main breadwinner in your home, ask yourself, who will pay the bills if I can’t? Will my sick pay cover everything?

You can tailor our sports accident insurance to suit your individual needs – and budget.

The most important issues can be taken care of – accidental death and permanent total disability, income protection, medical expenses and dental treatment.

UKRDA sport accident insurance offers three levels of cover, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Bronze cover starting from as little as £6.32 per year. This is a small cost to ensure your peace of mind. There is also the possibility to bespoke your own level of cover, for example if you need to protect a high income.

Speak to your UKRDA rep to find out more and to apply to keep yourself protected, or email insurance@ukrda.org.uk for more information.