Auld Reekie Roller Girls is Edinburgh’s women’s roller derby league. Founded in 2008, we are a not-for-profit, DIY sports club run entirely by our members, for our members. We are a limited company, operate on a committee basis, and our activities are overseen by a board of directors.
We currently have over 120 members, which comprises skaters, officials, and non-skating members. We have three travel teams, the All Stars, the All Star Reserves, and the All Star Rookies. Team rosters are selected quarterly. We run seven training sessions a week, which includes training time for our advanced skaters, our intermediate skaters, and our newbies, who work their way through our 14 week Skate Skills 101 programme before graduating to intermediate level.
ARRG are continually growing, and are always taking in new members. In line with the WFTDA Gender Policy, all those who identify as women, trans women, intersex women and/or gender-expansive may train and compete as skaters of ARRG if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify. All genders may train as skating and non-skating officials, and join as non-skating members in other capacities.
The conversation around gender, and around equality generally, is an evolving one and as a league we strive to be open to learning, changing and growing.
In September 2011, ARRG became the second league outside of North America to be accepted as a full member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). WFTDA is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. This membership allows ARRG to compete in WFTDA-sanctioned games, attain international rankings, and contribute to shaping the development of the sport.
ARRG was one of the founding members of the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA), the National Association for roller derby in the UK. The UKRDA was formed in 2010 with 15 member leagues, and was recognized by the British Roller Sports Federation soon after.The UKRDA has a cooperative relationship with the WFTDA and recognises the WFTDA rules and regulations as the universal standard, several of its members are also WFTDA members. The UKRDA is a member-led organisation that exists to promote and lobby for roller derby in the UK.