Happy New Year – we have Another Guest Speaker announcement!

Happy 2016 everyone – we hope you are having a good January so far. We know we are – and not least of all because we get to bring you some very exciting news… we’ve been keeping this one up our sleeves because, why not start 2016 with some amazingly exciting announcements!

We won’t keep you waiting any longer. Guest speaking at UKROC2016 will be… Kristen Lee, AKA Kitty Decapitate! Pretty exciting, we know. Having been around since the dawn of UK Roller Derby time, Kitty joined London Rollergirls in 2006 and is still going strong!

Headshot_KristenLondon Brawling skater and coach (Captain of the 2014 season), England Womens Silver Medallist, ex ­Bench Coach for Southern Discomfort, #1 fan of the She­Wolves Roller Derby in Roma, as well as a brief sojourn with Victorian Roller Derby League All Stars, she has been in leadership roles FOREVAHHHHH. So, she’s got a lot to talk about!

After the success of her sessions at UKROC 2014, Kitty will be leading two classroom based sessions this time ‐ on Saturday, she will join another guest speaker (to be announced VERY soon!) to run a session titled Logistics, Culture & Roller Skates. What’s that about Kitty?

Thinking about joining leadership of your team? This class is all about what to expect, and some guidelines to help make it an easier job. We will cover the admin side, motivation and team culture, and training responsibilities.

Sounds amazing, and we have no doubt it will be filled with really useful information for anyone interested in leadership. But, didn’t we say she would  be leading two classroom based sessions? Oh, we did! That’s right, Kitty isn’t coming all the way to UKROC2016 to just give one session, she’s got another one planned too! And that one sounds equally amazing. Titled League and Team Values, the session will cover everything you might need to know about, well, league and team values! How to set them, how to follow through with them, and how to make them work for your whole team.

Sounds pretty good – I just don’t know how to pick which sessions to attend! Here’s a link for tickets, as always..


Third Guest Speaker announcement!

We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, we know we did, but the planning for UKROC2016 never stops here and we have taken a wee break from the festivities to bring you the exciting news of our third guest speaker!

Profile_front_hannibal_lecturer_101And it is our first returner! By very popular demand, we have the wonderful Hannibal Lecturer of Kent Roller Girls coming back after her amazing, and very busy sessions on league conflict from UKROC2014 to give us some more insight into facing some of the challenges around changes in your leagues.

Dr Bex Hewett (Hannibal Lecturer). In her ‘normal’ life she is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at University of Greenwich. She does research into motivation and other positive behaviours at work. Before starting her career as a lecturer, she spent 10 years working in HR ‐ she’s seen a lot of change in teams and has some tips for how to manage it. Her first session,  ‘Hey, who moved my wheels?’ Managing change in derby teams will be on Sunday morning, and will look at the way changes can affect our teams, and league. We asked her what sort of things she will cover;

In the fast developing world of roller derby, change happens. A lot. In this session, I will look at some of the challenges connected within managing change in teams and help participants think about how to successfully manage change and help team members overcome the inevitable challenges associated with this. It will be an interactive session, where participants will get the chance to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Sounds amazing, and we know from attending last years session that this will not be one to miss. And, as if that wasn’t enough, immediately following this session, she will be running a Conflict / Change Surgery. At UKROC2014, Hannibal Lecturer had loads of requests from teams to provide advice on managing people problems so this second Sunday session will be run as a surgery so that people can drop by and ask for specific advice.

Sounds like pretty invaluable time spent! We just wonder how anyone is going to choose which sessions to go to, everything looks so great! Tickets, as always, available here.

Second Guest Speaker Announcement!

Hot on the heels of our last announcement, we are super excited to bring you one more guest speaker announcement before Christmas!

Have you ever wondered how some of the bigger leagues do their marketing so well? How they seem to be so active on their websites and social media accounts? Have you exhausted everything you can think of, and still aren’t selling out your game venues, or increasing membership as quickly as you would like? And, wondered how to do all this on a zero budget?



Well, wonder no more, as we have the amazing Princess Die coming to give a session titled Media Madness – DIY tips for the best freebie Marketing!

Princess Die is a force to be reckoned with – the secret weapon of Auld Reekie Roller Girls; a travel team skater, Head of the Communications Committee and an active Director, P. Die also coaches ARRGs new skaters in her spare time. Responsible for Auld Reekie having the second highest online following of any league in the whole of the UK (second only to LRG), P. Die is also the master of Puns – a walking ARRGvertisement for the league.


So, we asked P.Die, what should we expect? She gave us a bit of a rundown on what will happen during this session on Saturday:

All of the tips on DIY marketing! How do we enhance social media marketing through algorithms, weighting, and scheduling utilities? We’ll be looking at branding, identity development, SEO, social media weighting, and increasing engagement. We’ll talk about how to use hashtags (including how to get your hashtag trending) and follow up promotion using sites like Storify. We’ll also be looking at photography, programmes, and branding guidelines. There will be loads of interaction, and the session will be filled with tips and tricks to help you make your online presence massive and get your team in the spotlight!

Sounds like a pretty invaluable session, especially for smaller leagues who really have the constraints of a zero budget for marketing. We can’t wait for this!

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements coming soon – and remember, tickets are still available – get yours here.

First Guest Speaker Announcement!

We are absolutely excited and delighted to bring you the first of our UKROC2016 Guest Speakers!

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And we aren’t starting small, in fact we have a pretty big announcement for you! Get ready… speaking at not one but two sessions on Sunday morning, is the amazing Feminist Killjoy! A skating official and coach, and queer sports activist, Killjoy is engaged with challenging homophobia and transphobia in sport, and is also the Transgender Liaison for the UKRDA, and a member of the LEAP Sports Scotland Youth in Sport Task Force.

Feminist Killjoy will be leading their first session bright and early on Sunday morning, with a session titled TGI 101: Gender Diversity in Roller Derby.

This session will be a basic introduction to the topic of gender diversity in sport and will cover terminology and definitions, the issues facing TGI people, as well as historical context for TGI representation in sport.

After this session, they’ll be leading a Gender Diversity Q&A/Discussion.  This discussion‐style session will be an opportunity to explore the practical side of applying inclusive approaches to recruitment, coaching and competing. We asked Feminist Killjoy what they expect from this session, and it sounds pretty exciting:

It is an opportunity to discuss best practice for widening access to participation in Roller Derby for TGI people, conflict resolution and supporting skaters who may be facing discriminatory treatment, developing relationships with local LGBT+ organisations, and how to tap into the wealth of knowledge on this subject that already exists in our community.

These sessions are likely to be very busy, as transgender, gender non‐conforming, and intersex people are a rapidly growing demographic in the sport of Roller Derby, and with the WFTDA’s recent commitment to gender inclusivity in our sport at the highest level, it is vital that we embody this commitment within our own leagues. Feminist Killjoy will be giving us the lowdown on how best to do this within your league.

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements coming soon – and remember, tickets are still available – get yours here.

Accommodation deal!

We are happy to announce that delegates of UKROC can take advantage of a special accommodation deal.

We have teamed up with Travelodge to offer a special rate. Delegates can buy “accommodation tickets” for just £25 per night at either the Travelodge at Salford Quays or Manchester Central. These are available on the UKROC Brown Paper Tickets event.

Each ticket will give the holder a bed in either a twin or triple room. Don’t worry, if you want to share with someone specific, we will be asking you in the delegate pre-conference questionnaire and will try our best to make sure you are with friends.

Accommodation is available on the Friday or Saturday night. Beds are limited, so if you want to make sure you get this great rate, buy your tickets now!