2014 was an eventful year for Fierce Valley Roller Girls, from having our Officials support the Men’s Roller Derby World Cup; to beating Dundee Roller Girls in a ‘third time lucky game'; and playing against London Roller Girls.
Keen to keep the momentum up, we’re already off to a flying start for 2015. We held a Value Setting session last weekend to discuss the future for FVRG – and we’re all wanting bigger and better things for our roller derby league.
We held a very successful Fresh Meat taster sessions in December, and were thrilled to welcome 11 new skaters into our beginners training program in January. Joining them will be three of our long-standing members who previously held non-skating roles in the league.
In 2013, FVRG were accepted into the UK Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) and we played our first two ‘sanctioned games’ against Dundee Roller Girls and Granite City Roller Girls last year. As newcomers, our UKRDA ranking is pretty low, so we need to continue to play in ‘sanctioned games’ to climb up the leader-board. The first of these games is on 14th March, where we play away against Birmingham Blitz Dames. Not content with being UKRDA member, we are now ambitiously setting our sights on being accepted into the international association – Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
FVRG vs Dundee Roller Girls in last year’s UKRDA game
Photo courtesy of Laura MacDonald
We have lots of other games planned, including at least four in a British Championships tournament. Our grouping in the Local Division will see us play against New Town Roller Girls (Livingston); Voodoo Roller Dollies (Central Scotland); Preston Roller Girls; and Spa Town Roller Girls (Harrogate). This is the first event of it’s kind, so we’re very excited to be part of it. And if we make it to the final of our group stage, then we will be invited back again next year and into a higher Division.
Although a lot of our focus is on our travel team – The Parma Violents – we appreciate that we have a lot of non-team skaters who are desperate to play. To give them this opportunity, we host ‘intraleague’ games where all skaters within FVRG face-off against each other. Due to our ever-increasing numbers, we will hold three intraleague games this year instead of the normal two. These will be held in Grangemouth Sports Complex on 3rd May; 29th August and 12th December.
December 2014 Intraleague
Photo courtesy of Laura MacDonald
FVRG operate as a not-for-profit organisation, so it is essential that we hold fundraising events to give all of our skaters and officials these opportunities. We will kick off our events programme with a Clothes Swap on 21st February – a perfect opportunity to clear out your unwanted belongings and start the year fresh. We have a mix of events planned that will help us to get to know our Forth Valley community better, as well as our neighbours in the roller derby community – including a 5th Birthday Ball where everyone is welcome to help us celebrate!
We already have strong links to local organisations in our community, and are looking forward to continue to support to them this year. We will be helping to steward The Helix Novice Dualathon on 8th March; registering runners at Alloa Round Table’s Half Marathon on 15th March; and also helping with Open Secret’s sponsored dog walk on 25th April in Callendar Park.
Please visit our Facebook Page for more news as it happens, and to hear about any competitions that we are running. Or if you would like to join our roller derby league, please fill-out our online registration form.