We would like to welcome two new teams to our masses, both from Scotland
From Orkney in Scotland, our newest league in Scotland, they are an excellent bunch and we love having them as members.
Secondly welcome New Town Roller girls, from Livingston, Scotland
An All female league founded in 2011, they are hard working, butt kicking attitude to this sport, play for the love of playing, a real mix of people, they are New Town Roller Girl
Welcome to our new League – Teesside Skate Invaders, based in Teeside, England.
Former Tier 3 British Champs (mens) champions, we are delighted to have them on board
North Wales Roller Derby started out in July 2011, and currently has around 55 members. The team has been working hard to build up into a full bouting team and is very excited to host the first live roller derby bout in North Wales this November.
Welcome to Borderland Brawlers Roller Derby, formed in 2014
They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. BBRD are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.
Not all of the brawlers skate to compete, there are plenty who attend for love of being on 8 wheels and amongst friends on the track, and sessions do provide for that, if you are looking to work hard both on and off the track in an environment that promotes physical and mental strength, independence and pushes to represent at as high a level possible for an amateur athletic organisation, you have come to the right place.
Welcome to Oxford Wheels of Gory, founded in October 2011. They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. OWG are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.
Our goal is to be a respected and leading roller derby team in UK whilst promoting and supporting the sport at a local and national level. Retaining a not-for-profit status and DIY-ethos, we aim to be an all-inclusive, welcoming, democratically-run organisation following the officiating guidelines and rules set down by the WFTDA. We welcome skaters aged 18+ from all backgrounds irrespective of race, colour, creed or sexual orientation. We aim to foster a supportive atmosphere, maintaining high safety standards and developing skills and athleticism while promoting teamwork as an essential factor for success.
Welcome to York Minxters Roller Derby, founded in September 2011. They are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. YMRD are run by their members and volunteers, brought together by their mutual love of the amazing sport of Roller Derby.
On the team they welcome diversity, and strive to welcome people from all walks of life. Their team is, of course, made up of individuals but all working towards the same set of goals: to improve as a team, push themselves physically, to have fun and make friends! YMRD have continually grown over the last 5 years, and currently have one bouting team at a B/C level, lots of volunteer NSO’s and many up and coming skaters.
The Dare Valley Vixens were founded in January 2013 in Tylorstown in the Rhondda and are currently the only roller derby team based in the South Wales Valleys.
They are now located at Abercynon Sports Centre just outside Pontypridd where they have recently been lucky enough to have their own derby track painted. They are a small but slowly expanding team of skaters who train every Monday and Friday (with the occasional co-ed mixed scrim thrown in).
DVVRD also run a very successful recreational skating session for all ages which then feeds in to their derby training (and maybe one day a Junior League too).
They’re always on the lookout for guest coaches so if you fancy popping along and running them through their paces then please drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UKRDA are delighted to announce the England Roller Derby management and coaches ahead of the upcoming team selection. In our fist announcement we’re delighted to share the new Team Manager and Head Coach.
Taking on the role of Team Manager, we have Claire McAllister. Claire joined Big Bucks High Rollers two and a half years ago, and has worked tirelessly to attain her current position of Team Captain. She may be born on April 1st but her approach to England Roller Derby is a serious affair.
She is incredibly honoured to be voted into the position of Team Manager for England Roller Derby, and is looking forward to working alongside the coaching staff, providing support and resources that will help build and develop a core group of skaters into a strong and impenetrable team that will lead England into the 2017 World Cup.
In the position of Head Coach is Southern Discomfort skater, Illbilly. He’s made the Men’s England Team two selections running; skating with the premier men’s team in the UK and Europe, he’s bringing the skills from the men’s game, along with his international competition experience to push England Roller Derby forward. He is looking forward to “building and working with a squad of the most talented skaters, which will be incredibly rewarding. In an ever changing landscape England Roller Derby has always cemented itself at the highest level, I can’t wait to help the new team to have the success it deserves. The first task will be tryouts and when these are set then this new and incredibly exciting journey can begin.”
Congratulations both on your roles and we look forward to sharing the rest of the management team with you very soon!
Mansfield Roller Derby was founded in February 2012 in the county of Nottinghamshire UK.
Our overall goal is promote athleticism, personal empowerment and teamwork in order to create a positive and uniquely spirited league of forward thinking skaters, officials and volunteers.
Since 2012, the league has grown into a strong and diverse team of individuals and we hope to grow bigger and stronger in the future.
Completing our set of interviews, in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, with Team Wales Roller Derby‘s coaching and management team, we present Wales’ Assistant Coach: Chant-Hell.
CHANT-HELL, PLAYING WITH TIGER BAY BRAWLERS AGAINST LONDON ROLLERGIRLS (PHOTO: ADAM CHARD)
Chant-Hell started out in the Cardiff Roller Collective in 2011, before moving to coach and skate for Tiger Bay Brawlers in 2012, where she remains. She is also owner of the Skate Alley skate store. Pregnancy ruled out Chant Hell from trying out for positions in the 2014 Team Wales, but this time around she is both Assistant Coach, and also planning to try out for the team itself.