Milton Keynes Roller Derby
Formed in May 2010, Milton Keynes Roller Derby was started by members of Bedfordshire RollerGirls, who wanted to bring roller derby to their local town. We had our first closed door bout in November 2010 and our first public bout away in September 2011.
In late 2011, we decided that local leagues would benefit from a competitive tournament, to provide a structure for growth and an organising principle for creating our own strong pool of skaters, referees and NSO’s. As such, we created the End of The World Series, with 5 local friendly leagues. Our first ever public home bout was the first game in the Series, in February 2012. We were undefeated in the Series in 2012 and won the tournament on the Final Day in November 2012.
We competed in the Heartland Series 2013, finishing joint third. We stayed heavily involved in the organisation of the Heartland Series, and believe it is the ideal structure for growth of competitive play and league structure for grass roots teams in UK roller derby. The Heartland Series has since evolved to become the British Roller Derby Championships, Europe’s largest interleague Roller Derby tournament, with both women’s and men’s divisions.
We have developed a structured Fresh Meat courses for women and men, which has provided us with a strong core of skaters, referees and non-skating officials. We also started our popular Friday Night Mixed Scrims, an open invitation for minimum skills passed skaters to join a pick up scrim to test their skills against a range of skaters. The emphasis is on learning, experimentation and fun, and we offer a safe training environment for referees and NSO’s to gain bout experience in an informal, educational setting.
In late 2012, we started a men’s team, the Quads of War, made up of existing male skaters already in the league, and male skaters from surrounding regions who were looking to play roller derby. Their first bout was in February 2013 and they competed in the Men’s European Roller Derby Championships in July 2013. The Quads continue to grow in experience and numbers.
We promote a positive, welcoming atmosphere, built on growth and development, to allow skaters to unlock their potential and be the best they can be. During our startup process, we benefitted from the kindness and experience of Bedfordshire Rollergirls and Cambridge RollerBillies, and we look to expend this assistance and pass on our experience to new leagues, to develop a healthy roller derby community. We have a strong following on social media, and our media team has developed relationships with the local community and print press, gaining regular coverage in the sports pages of the local newspapers, and gaining coverage on local BBC TV news and radio.
We have supported local and international charities and community events, running the Race For Life, supporting the Midnight Moo for Willen Hospice and holding a charity bout in support of The Moldova Project, supporting orphanages in Moldova.
There are loads of ways you can be involved, either on or off skates. To skate competitively with the Cows, currently you need to be female and aged over 18, but there are plenty of opportunities to get your skates on and get involved if you’re a guy or you don’t fancy being part of the pack, either by training with us, or learning how to be a referee.
No experience is necessary – you don’t need to know the rules of the game, how to skate, or even be in great shape. We can loan you protective kit and hire you skates for the first few weeks until you’re ready to invest in your own. We’d love to teach you how to skate – even if you’ve never skated before – and how to play the game. Your skating, stamina and general fitness will soon improve!
Alternatively, if skating’s not your thing, but hanging out with awesome rollergirls is, you can still be involved at training and bouts by being an NSO (non-skating official) or helping out with staging bouts and other events, promotion, tech or media. We’re also interested in hearing from people and local businesses who’d like to be involved by sponsoring us, inviting us to events and all sorts of other cool stuff!
Whether you can’t wait to get out there playing against other teams, or you just fancy getting fit, having fun and making new friends, contact us to find out more about our next new intake night. We can’t wait to meet you!