We’ve been getting loads of questions and queries about the sessions, so we thought we would share some of the plans with you! So, here is a bit of a taster on what you can expect to find on the schedule, and why we know you’ll most definitely be spoiled for choice!
First, let’s explain some of the background and focus
As this is our first ever UKROC schedule; this year being the first outing for UKROC, we really wanted to concentrate on bringing you some home grown talent to lead each of the sessions. The UK is an incredible force in international roller derby, and we are so excited to be able to bring all this together in one place.
We also felt it important to give delegates direct access to UKRDA Directors, plus the Directors of WFTDA & MRDA respectively so that everyone gets a chance to discuss, question or push for the changes they want to see in happen in our roller derby community in future.
So what is actually happening? Let’s start with Saturday – Day 1
We have a huge focus on how leagues can improve on their coaching techniques, in an on-skates session brought to you by the Captain of London Brawling – Kitty Decapitate (Kristen Lee), who will also run a classroom based session covering Goal Setting, Mental Preparation and building Team Cohesion & Team Values.
For the officials delegates, there will be more than one session aimed at officials crew progression on Day 1; including a WFTDA clinics taster session on skates with the incredible Cherry Fury, and a chance to hear and discuss the merits of choosing to be an Independent Official.
We will also have some expertise on approaches to conflict within leagues and teams, including some input from Simon Kirkland, the Director of the UK’s Sport Structures group, and we have a great session on negotiating Social Media to benefit your league in ‘Social Media Smackdown’ brought to you by Rollin’ News and Derby Duck Productions!
Bloody Mary and Graham Espe are flying in all the way from the U.S. to be available to you all weekend; but on Saturday they will be leading some provocative Q&A discussion groups designed to enable some information sharing about WFTDA/MRDA and to promote a bit of heated and hard hitting discussion about where our sport is heading and how UK leagues can have a voice in that.
You can choose your focus for the evening of Day 1, by networking with delegates at the bar, or signing up for the co-ed scrimmage! Either way it’s the perfect end to an amazing, jam packed day.
Keep your eyes peeled, as we’ll be announcing the sessions on Sunday in a couple of days!