Session News!

We’ve got some super exciting news on EVEN MORE sessions that will be held over the weekend at UKROC. I know, you were probably thinking there couldn’t possibly be any more than we have already talked about, but there are! There is so much happening all weekend, we’re not sure how you’ll be able to choose!

So, first of all lets talk to Samantha Salisbury who is running a session called New Leagues: Face to Face’. This is a pretty self explanatory title, and obviously is there to cater to newer leagues, and to allow them an opportunity to discuss their successes and problems. Samantha will also be offering advice on how to help your league grow. She said:

Every league will be able to learn from or contribute to the event, and there is always networking! Building relationships within any sport is good, but anything that allows the youngest, smallest leagues in the country the chance to chat with some of the biggest and most successful leagues in the country. Leagues need to be looking at UKROC as a kind of bootcamp – but one where you can learn about how to better connect with your fans, or the best way to structure training sessions, or even just how to get your league off the ground and running.

We think that seems like a pretty good reason for new leagues to get involved! The advice on hand over the whole weekend will be absolutely invaluable, and we are so excited about what this is going to do for the future of roller derby in the UK. Don’t miss being a part of this!

Don’t forget, Bette Noir will also be running a similar session for veteran leagues, and dealing with the unique issues and problems they also face.


On a different note, and something really exciting for everyone to get involved with, we are also extremely lucky to be able to say we have Jedi Mistress attending! She will be speaking at the Directors Q&A – something we know will be a really popular session so get in early to make sure you don’t miss this. We asked her to explain her session:

I will be part of the UKRDA Directors Q&A session. This will be an opportunity for delegates to ask the UKRDA Board of Directors anything they like about the inner workings of the UKRDA. I hope that this will be a chance to dispel some myths and set some records straight but also a chance for the people charged with directing UKRDA to listen to the views of people in the UK community directly and have a positive honest & open exchange of ideas & perspectives.

Which sounds incredible. While we had her, we thought we’d ask why she thinks it is important for leagues to attend UKROC:

One of the many things I love so much about roller derby it how DIY it is. By that I mean the sense of ownership over the sport players have and how motivated people are to shape it. This is our sport and we have the power to make it what we want it to be, that is powerful and this is an opportunity for anyone in the UK to come together & harness that power and channel it into making our fantastic inspirational sport even better.

And, since our guest speakers aren’t just coming along to run their sessions, they are also staying the weekend and attending other sessions, we asked her what she think she personally will get out of the weekend;

I’m basically looking forward to it all! I’m super excited about some of the talks, I hope I’ll get time to go & see them. I’m really keen to speak to as many people as possible about where they see derby going in the UK and what matters to them, personal, as well as their leagues. I want to come away buzzing with a bunch of new ideas and inspiration.


This weekend is really going to shape the future of UK roller derby. We have all seen the huge affect that leagues attending EROC have had, and we are sure this is going to be even more revolutionary in progressing our sport in our home country. We are sure that all leagues involved with UKROC are really going to see a huge benefit after this weekend – not to mention networking and just having fun, and of course scrimmaging all together!