Auld Reekie Today
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 three times a year. We run seven training sessions a week, which includes training time for our advanced skaters, our intermediate skaters, and our newbies, the Protostars, who work their way through the derby basics before moving to the intermediate level.
Auld Reekie Roller Derby 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 Auld Reekie Roller Derby 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, Auld Reekie Roller Derby 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 Auld Reekie Roller Derby to compete in WFTDA-sanctioned games, attain international rankings, and contribute to shaping the development of the sport.
Auld Reekie Roller Derby 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.
To be a dynamic community that is supportive and inclusive in a competitive environment, in which skaters, officials and non-skating members can be the best they can be.
As one of the pioneering leagues in Europe, we continue to work tirelessly to contribute to the global development of roller derby. Through our training, coaching and by encouraging hundreds of people to participate and excel in our sport, we empower our members to better themselves physically and mentally, and to contribute to an inclusive and welcoming space. We strive to create fearless, formidable travel teams to compete locally and internationally at the highest levels. We are passionate individuals who work together as part of a positive, unique and revolutionary movement.
- We push ourselves to be the best we can be
- We strive to share roller derby with anyone and everyone who wants to be involved
- We work together and support each other to achieve a common goal
- We foster a competitive spirit in a supportive environment
- We are democratic, with all members contributing to the direction and decisions of our league
- We strive to maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all
- We uphold the values of sportspersonship
- We have fun!