The roller derby community
We are proud to be part of and to contribute to the wider roller derby community. We are active members of WFTDA, regularly taking part in discussions and votes around the progression of our sport.
As one of the oldest leagues in Scotland, we have been delighted to watch the immense growth of the sport in our wee country, and have supported our fellow leagues with advice, coaching, guest skaters and mentorship. We have also donated roller derby ephemera to and supported the National Museum of Roller Derby, curated and archived by Glasgow Women’s Library.
In 2017, we hosted the first Big Blether – a chance for all Scottish Derby leagues to get together and talk about Scottish Roller Derby, what’s working, what could be better, and how we make that happen.
We love nothing more than introducing roller derby to new folk! We promote all our games to the local community, and we offer free tickets to local community groups and projects. We are also happy to offer demonstrations and taster sessions, which we have done for local schools, projects and festivals.
In 2017, we were proud winners of the Special Achievement in Sport Award at the ClubSport Edinburgh Sport Awards.
We regularly support community events – we have a presence at Edinburgh Pride every year, attend the Edinburgh University Feminist Fair, have participated in the Audacious Women Festival, and regularly run the popular sports activities at Portobello Town Fair. We have also run our own community event – our popular Family Fun Day, with stalls, games, sports and, of course – lots of family fun!
Photo credit: Neil Wykes
For every home game, we nominate a charity to receive half of our raffle sweepskate takings. We also invite the nominated charity to have a stall and collection bucket at our event.
Our nominated charities are put forward by league members, and have included:
Glasgow Night Shelter
Save Leith Walk
Scottish Trans Alliance
Stand With Standing Rock
Save Gorgie Farm
Lothian Autistic Society
Rape Crisis Scotland
Animal Free Research
The Cinnamon Trust
Action for A-T
The Sick Kid’s Friends Foundation
Scotland Charity Air Ambulance
Re-ACT – Refugee Charity
“LGBT Youth Edinburgh Blackwood”
Westerlea Early Years
We Skate for Kate
Down’s Syndrome Scotland
The Yard of Scotland
Scottish Association for Mental Health
Aberlour, Scotland’s Children’s Charity
Women for Women
The Action Group
Rockin For Tots