The London Rockin’ Rollers are veterans of European roller derby. At the time of our humble beginnings, there were only two other UK roller derby leagues. Now, as the fastest-growing sport in Europe, there are almost a hundred leagues in the UK and Ireland alone!
A quick timeline of our history:
London Rockin’ Rollers foundations are laid in January 2007, an offshoot from the since defunct CCRR (Capital City Roller Rebels). The league is officially incepted in March 2007.
A year of firsts, as the newly-formed London Rockin’ Rollers participate in the UK’s first Interleague scrimmage with the Birmingham Blitz Dames on July 1st 2007, then Europe’s first Interleague bout against Stuttgart Valley Roller Girlz on October 14th. This was shortly followed by the UK’s First Interleague Bout on October 27th, again vs. the Blitz Dames.
We gain a home venue, the historic York Hall, and host our first home season.
The league doubles in size as the popularity of roller derby explodes (thanks, Drew Barrymore). Our B team is formed as are our Intraleague teams, who battle it out for the first time in a closely fought bout between the Voodoo Skull Krushers and the NeanderDolls.
Three London Rockin’ Rollers players and our head ref cross the Atlantic and enter the world stage by taking part in the first ever Roller Derby World Cup.
13 of us represent our country in another way by volunteering to skate in the Olympic Opening Ceremony. We move to a larger venue where we hold the first ever London Rockin’ Rollers bootcamp, and our Sunday recreational league, the “Wreck League”, is formed.
This year we’re looking forward to even more action, back on track and playing all-new opponents from the UK, France and Belgium as well as some old faces. Join us for the ride in 2013 and you won’t be disappointed!