Session Announcement – Day 2!

So, after the excitement of hearing what’s happening on Saturday, how would you like to hear some more about the Sunday sessions? Yes? We thought so!

Sunday brings us a mixture of sessions – with a good chunk of focus on YOUR league and how to improve it through good management and sound organisation. Starting with some cosy face to face league sessions, separately tailored for both established and newer UK leagues, you will be invited to facilitated discussion groups to enable some tips and constructive advice swapping.

AND….

We are also really excited to announce that we will also be bringing you a whole host of information about Junior Roller Derby! This will include sessions on the legalities of setting up leagues, panel led discussion to facilitate discussion about the growth and organisation of Junior Derby and a chance for leagues with Junior Derby focus to have some face to face time. This is an amazing opportunity both for existing Junior Derby leagues and leagues aspiring to expand into this area.

Even more excitingly, UKRDA Directors and the team bringing you the British Champs in 2015 will be leading a session to discuss Tournament Organisation in the UK. This is set to be an absolutely incredible session, where they not only want to give loads of really invaluable information, but also gather our views on Tournament Organisation. This will really help push tournament hosting in the UK to the next level, and could make a huge impact on UK roller derby as a whole.

We also are excited about Bette Noir (LRG Director), who will be heading up an indispensable seminar to share her wealth of experience on future proofing your league and how to manage growth.

Officials have not been forgotten about in Day 2 – we have a series of information sessions about WFTDA Certification and developments with the UKRDA Officials recognition certification process and we also set aside a chunk of time to dedicate to a Rules Q&A for everyone – officials and skaters!

Other sessions that might tickle your fancy on Day 2 are Bout Production and Filming tips, Announcer workshop, developing successful sponsorship partnerships, and the chance for the men’s league delegates to have some face to face time in a facilitator led discussion group.

Sunday night brings you a choice once more – some delegate networking in the bar, or to join in with the Women only scrimmage.

We’re still finalising additional sessions for each of the days of UKROC but we hope there are a good few sessions for everyone in the mix just now!

Bear in mind – sessions might be moved from Saturday to Sunday or vice versa – these are the sessions but the timetable is not set in stone!

Even more sponsors!

We know, we’ve already mentioned the most amazing sponsors, what can be left? It’s crazy how many amazing Roller Derby affiliated companies wanted to be involved when they heard about UKROC. We are proud to have them all on board.

So, who else have we been working with?

First up.. ATOM WHEELS!

We’ve probably all skated on Atatomom wheels at one point in our derby careers; whether it was Poisons during those dubious fresh meat days, Jukes when we got a bit more confident that we weren’t going to slip under our own feet on every apex turn, or maybe it was Lowboys or Strokers when we wanted to move to something really hard. Atom are one of the best wheel makers for derby, and we are delighted to have them on board for UKROC.

 

 

 

Next, we have KINESIO UK

Many of us will have used Kinesio taping when recovering from injury, but for those who have wondered why skaters sometimes have colourful strips of tape across their bodies, Kinesio Taping is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. kinesio2

 

 

And finally… we have THE ROCK PEOPLE

The Rock People are personalised rock specialists, who started in 2004 when a friend bought them some Wedding Rock Favours for their wedding. They loved them, so decided to set up a small website called ‘The Wedding Rock Shop’. Over the years, they developed the idea to include Promotional Rock for businesses as well.

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They operate full time from Lancing, 5 miles from Brighton, and focus solely on providing excellent rock products with excellent customer service.

Keep your eyes out over the weekend for some special UKROC rock – or, as we like to call it, UKROCK!

 

Session Announcement!

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!

 

Guest Speaker Announcement – Crazylegs!

After yesterdays excitement of hearing more about Bette Noir’s planned sessions at UKROC, we weren’t sure if we should give out more amazing information today – but we think you can handle it!

Today, we are looking at another incredible guest speaker – Crazylegs!

Crazylegs

Crazylegs is a travel team skater with, and founding member of, Auld Reekie Roller Girls. She is also the Team Scotland captain again this year, and is pretty excited about leading the team to Dallas! She also heads up Auld Reekie’s coaching committee, and work as a WFTDA Rep for Auld Reekie, on the WFTDA Training committee. Not only that, but she is starting up her own business; opening a roller derby venue in Edinburgh.

With all that going on, we asked the obvious.. how has she had time to get involved with UKROC?

I’ve been working on the overarching schedule for the conference, so juggling timings, rooms and sessions (spreadsheet!) and have been identifying, liaising with and booking speakers for the sessions. I’ve been pretty much pitching in wherever I can to help out, there are a small number of volunteers trying to get a huge amount of work done in a short amount of time!

Sounds like pretty hard work, so obviously this is something you feel passionately about. What made you want to get involved and dedicate so much time to help with organising this event?

I love the idea of helping to build a new annual roller derby calendar fixture in the UK!  We have so many games and boot camps and events all structured around skating and learning to be better teams and officials, but we don’t have any central organised event for sharing other skill sets or thoughts or issues, or any sort of face to face platform to share our views or visions for the future of our sport.

But why hold a conference?

I was in attendance at the very first European Roller Derby Conference in Berlin in 2009 (and most of them since!) where I learned so much about league structures, training, WFTDA membership, country organisations, all of which really helped us to move ARRG forward. I was totally inspired by the idea of a group of people coming together to talk amongst themselves and share key skills to help grow roller derby in Europe.  And now the UK scene is so huge that it’s really about time we held our own conference to look at the way we want to organise ourselves across the UK and to learn from each other.

What do you think UKROC can achieve?

The potential here is unlimited – it’s a massive opportunity for people involved in roller derby across the UK to come together, share experiences and discuss ways to move our sport forward, to learn from each other and to talk about relationships with governing bodies and with each other; to have direct access to those governing bodies, and to ask questions, propose solutions, build new links and just generally give something towards ensuring roller derby and our community is forward thinking, proactive and building a positive future together.  We have a massive amount of established and emerging talent within UK roller derby and I can’t wait to attend some of the sessions we have booked, I’m sure I’ll come home home with loads of new ideas.

Any other thoughts on why people should attend?

If I had one wish (apart from winning the Hydra) it would be that every league in the UK sends at least one representative to this conference; the idea reflects EROC – that if each league clubs together to send one or two representatives to learn and feed in their leagues views to discussions, that experience can be cascaded throughout their leagues when they get home.  I think there will be a lot of amazing informative sessions for people to learn from, and some brilliant opportunities to share opinion, and build new links within the derby world.  On skates & off skates learning opportunities, discussions, face to face time with leagues of similar structures, governing bodies, and the Directors of both WFTDA & MRDA are coming to learn what the UK wants from them – and to answer your questions!  Seriously, if you have an opinion about roller derby this is the place to be.  Also I’ve heard there will be a bar and 2 scrimmages! I’m in!

We can’t argue with that logic!

Crazylegs will be running a session on structuring training for fresh meat, as well as facilitating some discussion about Minimum Skills Requirements and how to best support skaters through them, as well as hopefully bringing us some new insight into current WFTDA developments within this area.

More Sponsors!

So, let’s have a little look at some more of our amazing sponsors. We’ve looked at some skate shops, but who else has got involved with us here at UKROC?

 

Sport England

First up, we have to mention SportEngland – without whom this event wouldn’t have been possible. We can’t thank them enough for their assistance and continued efforts to help us grow our sport.

 

 

 

Next on the listrampage studio, we have the wonderful Rampage Studio. Based in London, Rampage Studio is a television production company, post-production facility and creative hot spot fronted by producer / directors Ben Campbell & Carlos Saiani. They are the team responsible for the absolutely incredible Roller Derby Til I Die. We thank you.

 

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And last today, but by no means least, we have the New Ink Printing Company. New Ink is a specialist digitalprinting company, with over 20 years experience. We have them to thank for our programmes!

 

 

Thank you to all our sponsors – none of this would be possible without your help and support.

Guest Speaker Announcement – stubble!

UKROC gives all leagues, regardless of organisational affiliations, an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the Roller Derby community in the UK. This can only be a good thing.

The incredible stubble had this to say about why he is involved with UKROC. We think it pretty nicely sums up why we are putting on UKROC – bringing the UK derby community together is progressive, and really can only be a good thing.

stubble will be running an amazing session on A Path to Tournament Officiating, which will be a discussion of the pitfalls faced by game-ready officials in getting picked for tournament crews, and strategies for advancing despite them. Not only will this be hugely beneficial to officials, but also to all leagues who are looking to take their officials crew up to the next level.

We asked, why do you think leagues should be involved in UKROC? He said;

To add their voices to the community. To join in with discussions that have a measurable impact on the future of the sport they love. To get involved!

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. GET INVOLVED!

Guest Speaker Announcement – Cherry Fury!

We’ve focused on skaters, now lets focus on the officials side of things for a while.

Cherry Fury

We are really excited to have Cherry Fury on board leading sessions both on skates and off skates.

We are sure everyone knows who Cherry is, but to remind us of her credentials, she is a WFTDA Clinic Instructor, MRDA Europe Regional Officiating Representative, WFTDA UK and Ireland Officials Apprentice Mentor, a WFTDA Level 3 Certified Skating Official, and the Southern Discomfort Roller Derby Head Referee.. that’s just some of the awesome things she works on.

She is pretty excited about being part of  UKROC, and said:

The line up of speakers is immense, the opportunity to access such great experience, knowledge and ask questions is invaluable. Being able to engage in important discussions regarding our sport and ensure that each league has its voice heard is important as we develop the UK community for the future.

She is coaching a phenomenal FOUR sessions across the weekend, including Officials Skate Training, WFTDA and MRDA Officials Certification Q&A.. but she’s not just catering to the officials – she’ll also be running a rules Q&A session for everyone! Sounds awesome!

She is bringing so much to UKROC, we asked her what she was hoping she might get out of it;

My mission for UKROC is to engage with as many officials from across the UK as possible, I want to start a debate on how we develop our own future, utilise the governing bodies and their resources to help us push forward to the highest standards of officiating. I want to hear from everyone about their challenges, fears and joys of officiating so I can create a solid body of feedback, insight and requirements form UK officials which I can feedback to the MRDA/WFTDA.

Also id love a cup of tea and a good natter, I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has for me throughout UKROC.

So, if you fancy a cup of tea and a good old debate with the lovely Cherry Fury, make sure you are booked in for UKROC.

Who are the sponsors?

We’e had some amazing sponsors get involved with UKROC, and we can’t thank them enough. There will be plenty of logos flying about, and you might even be in for some freebies 😉 but.. who are our sponsors? Let’s find out a bit more about them.

First up we have DOUBLE THREAT SKATES!

Double Threat Skates Double Threat Skates (DTS) is London’s first roller derby specific bricks and mortar store. Located in the heart of Central London, their aim is to provide derby skaters with expert advice and share the knowledge that the owners, Gaz and Kitty of the London Roller Girls have gained playing high level roller derby. They have skated and coached all over the world, they know what skaters want.

Why would they choose to sponsor UKROC?

“We are both passionate about growing the sport of roller derby – through community, coaching and getting you in the best gear for the type of skater you are. We look forward to being part of your derby lives!”

 

Derby Store Next up, it’s DERBY STORE.

Derby Store was established by owner Craig Nicholson from Sheffield’s mens Roller Derby team The Inhuman league in 2012. They aim to provide you with expert knowledge and a high level of customer service.

And their reasons for being part of UKROC?

“We are incredibly passionate about the ever growing sport of Roller Derby. Quite simply we play it, we love it and we live it.”

 

And finally… whilst we are talking bricks and mortar stores, we have Scotland’s answer – 5th BLOCKER SKATES.

5th Blocker Skates 5th Blocker is owned and operated by Marshall Lawless of Glasgow Roller Derby. They are Scotland’s go to store for all derby equipment, skates and plate fitting. Always present at games all over Scotland, we knew they wouldn’t want to miss out on the UK’s first roller derby conference, and we are delighted to have them as a sponsor!

Guest Speaker Announcement – Bette Noir!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Bette Noir will be one of the Guest Speakers at UKROC!

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Known for being the woman who brought roller derby to the UK, Bette is not only a Founding member Angel City Derby Girls and a Founding member (and managing director) of London Rollergirls, but also a WFTDA compliance panel member and she has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share.

She’ll be running two sessions, one session called ‘Herding Cats and Planning for Tomorrowland: how to organise a league and manage growth’ which will focus on league management and success. She says:

“I hope to discuss different models of league management – looking at pros and cons of each. I want to introduce ideas for efficient task management, prioritisation and delegation. I also want to discuss strategies for long term success of a league, specifically when it comes to policy development and modification. I would hope everyone comes away from this session having learned some new things they can take back to their own leagues to help them grow in the right direction.”

She will also run a ‘Veteran leagues face to face’ – as she says “Leagues that have been around for a long time face a unique set of issues and problems. Let’s talk together and figure out what we can learn from each other.”

Both sessions are set to be really popular, certainly not something you’ll want to miss out on!

Bette says of UKROC “Leagues should attend UKROC because getting the opportunity to exchange ideas and face time with the other people helping to grow this sport in our country is critical to our continuing success”. Having been involved with Roller Derby for such a long time, she knows the importance and drive that events like UKROC can bring. “Roller derby leagues cannot exist in isolation. We learn from each other and the paths that those before us have blazed. Getting all our smart heads together can only lead to better things.”

To be part of pushing UK roller derby to the next level, get your tickets from http://ukroc.org.uk/tickets/