Middlesbrough Roller Derby

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Middlesbrough Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Middlesbrough, England
Country United Kingdom
Founded September 2007
Track type(s) Flat
Affiliations WFTDA, UKRDA
Org. type Non-profit
Website http://www.middlesbroughrollerderby.co.uk/

Middlesbrough Roller Derby is a women's flat track roller derby league and not-for-profit organisation based in Middlesbrough, England.[1] Founded as "Middlesbrough Milk Rollers" in September 2007, Middlesbrough is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[2]

History[edit]

In September 2007[3][4] and inspired by the London Rollergirls,[5] the league was founded as the first derby league in the North East by Natalie "Germaine Leer" Boxall and Karen "Bon Sleaze" Slater.[6] The Middlesbrough Milk Rollers hosted the Northern EXPOsure[7] on 19 September 2009 which featured 4 leagues from the UK competing.[4] As well as taking part in boot camps, bouts and guest skating for other leagues, MMR competed in the London Rollergirls' hosted European tournament "Roll Britannia" in 2009 as part of the mixed team 'Royal Rebel Rollers'.[8]

Former Middlesbrough logo

In February 2012 the team received a lottery funded Sports England grant,[9] making them the first derby league in the UK to receive one.

The Milk Rollers took first place in the Great Yorkshire Showdown tournament in July, 2012. On 22 September 2012, the league launched their B Team in a closed bout against the Norfolk Brawds, their first open bout being against the Newcastle Roller Girls Whippin Hinnies.

Middlesbrough Roller Derby plays by the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and is a member of the UK Roller Derby Association (UKRDA). In April 2013, Middlesbrough was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program.[10] Middlesbrough became a full WFTDA member in July 2014.[11]

In March 2017, the league announced a rebrand as Middlesbrough Roller Derby.[12][13]

WFTDA rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[14] Playoffs Championship
2014 144 WFTDA[15] DNQ DNQ
2015 136 WFTDA[16] DNQ DNQ
2016 56 WFTDA[17] DNQ DNQ

In the community[edit]

The league takes an active role in getting women and men in Teesside involved in roller derby[18] and have organised and hosted fundraisers and events including running a pop-up shop as part of the 'We Are Open' project.[19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boro lasses get their skates on". The Northern Line. 
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Newsum, Matt (15 May 2008). "A day out with the Milk Rollers". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Dianes ready for the Rollers". www.gazettelive.co.uk. Teesside Gazette. 25 July 2009. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Middlesbrough Milk Rollers". The Crack Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Your club: The Middlesbrough Milk Rollers on a roll". gazettelive. Teesside Gazette. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Northern EXPOsure, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, Sept 19". The Crack Magazine. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Roll Brittania - participants". London Rollergirls. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "2012 Grants - Middlesbrough". Department for Culture Media & Sport. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 16 Apprentice Members", WFTDA, 26 April 2013
  11. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 16 New Member Leagues - LatestNews - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Middlesbrough Roller Derby Are Here! - middlesbrough rollerderby". middlesbrough rollerderby. Middlesbrough Roller Derby. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  13. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (24 March 2017). "March 24th-26th: Tomodachi Euro Thrill | Derby Central". Derby Central. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  15. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  18. ^ Eaves, Krista (31 May 2010). "Teesside News - Latest News & Incidents on Teesside from Gazette Live". www.gazettelive.co.uk. Teesside Gazette. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Middlesbrough Milk Rollers roll in to set up shop". Evening Gazette. 
  20. ^ "Middlesbrough Milk Rollers skate 52 miles to raise funds". gazettelive. Teesside Gazette. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  21. ^ Walker, Sarah (9 April 2010). "Middlesbrough skating team help launch Whip It!". gazettelive. Teesside Gazette. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 

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