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Coronavirus Statement

Joint statement from UKRDA and British Championships

British Championships and the UKRDA have been working closely with WFTDA, MRDA and following advice from UK authorities to understand how we can best keep skaters, volunteers and spectators safe during this spread of Covid-19. We understand the UK Governments approach to delaying the spread and that social distancing is an important part of the strategy.

We are recommending that all leagues cancel or postpone all games planned from now until 3rd April. We understand this is a recommendation with financial impact and that leagues will need to contact their venue providers. We recommend that leagues cancel what they can, on timescales that work for your league.

British Championships will not issue a forfeit or any penalisation for cancelled games or events during this time. British Championships are actively working on contingency plans to minimise the disruption to the season. Assistance will be given to reschedule postponed games once the situation has improved.

Leagues should also review their training sessions and discuss with their skaters if training sessions should go ahead. All leagues should follow WFTDA advice on attendance requirements, hygiene policy and keep health and safety at the forefront at this time. Don’t come to training if you are ill but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

We know how important the community aspect of roller derby is. Situations such as this make it more important we work together and at the same time make it harder for us to be together.

We are making these recommendations based on the best advice we have in a dynamic and changing situation. We will continue to monitor the situation, keep working with WFTDA, MRDA and other global and UK organisations to help keep UK Roller Derby safe.

Coronavirus Updates

We are following guidance from the government, which currently means it is business as usual. At this time, travel and events are not restricted. All British Champs games are going ahead as planned.

We encourage everyone to avoid post-game celebrations involving physical contact, such as high-fives, fist bumps, shaking hands, etc. Try to keep all physical contact outside of normal gameplay to a minimum where possible. Ensure you wash your hands before eating and drinking.

If you have a cold, flu symptoms, a new persistent cough, fever, or any of the symptoms of coronavirus, we advise you to follow the government’s advice – self-isolate and stay at home.

If you are unable or unwilling to attend an event that you are expected at, please contact the relevant people in as much time as possible. Let your team liaison, your head official, or British Champs know.

British Champs puts the health and safety of skaters, officials, volunteers, and fans above all else.

We will not penalise for any events that are cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus, and will assist with rescheduling.

Don’t forget to reach out to any members of the derby community that you know are self-isolating. Isolation can be a lonely and scary time, especially if they are feeling unwell.

We advise all leagues to read the WFTDA statement and advice regarding coronavirus, found here:

For more information and advice on dealing with the coronavirus, please visit the UK government resource:…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res…

The NHS website with information can be found here:

As the situation develops further, we will be sure to update you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch. You can message us via email to or use the contact form on the website.

Calling all Photographers

We need your help to share the excitement that is roller derby! If you are a photographer at British Championships events, we’d love to showcase your work on our social media channels and website.

To share your work with us, and to ensure we give full and proper credit, please complete this form.

If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Sign up now for 2020

We are putting together the new 2020 season of British Champs now, and we have some exciting opportunities for you!

Sign up to play

If your league wants to play in Champs 2020, please submit the application form. We ask for one application per league. More information can be seen in the form itself.

Apply for Regional Head Official

This year, based on feedback, we’re changing how head officials work. If you’d like to apply for a Regional Head Official, click on the button below. More information can be found in the application form.

Join the British Champs team

We’re looking for a number of volunteers to help run British Champs in 2020. If you’re able to give your time and skills, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re recruiting for:

  • Admin Director
  • Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Media Director
  • Head of Sponsorship
  • Designer
  • Scheduling Assistant
  • Shop Assistant
  • End of Year Awards Assistant

To apply, click the button below. You’ll find a document detailing the roles, along with an application form.

2019 Survey Results

2019 Survey Results

Every year, we post a survey for leagues, teams, players, officials, volunteers, and fans to fill out.

We at British Championships care what you think, and we take these end-of-season surveys seriously. It’s a chance for people to say how they feel the season went, things we can do better, and things we got right.

The results of this year’s survey are in. Click the link below to see the results and feedback, and where applicable, our comments.

If you’d like to send us a message about the survey, the results, or our comments, please let us know.

Skater Stats

We’ve uploaded the game day statistics for every British Championships game this season!

This means you can see exactly how well you, your friends, and your opponents, have performed this year.

If you’re a skater, we’d love to hear about your personal achievements. Have you topped a skater chart, or done something amazing you want to share? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

We have compiled a few interesting facts for you too:

  • 1162 Players across 70 teams (average 16.6 per team)
  • 13 duplicate names with 2 people per name
  • Division with the highest number of players – T2WS (100)
  • Division with the lowest number of players – T1MN (64)
  • Division with the highest average number of players per team – T2WW (18.6)
  • Division with the lowest average number of players per team – T2WN (14.4)
  • Team with the most number of players fielded over the year – LRGC (23)
  • Team with the least number of players fielded over the year – TEES and HARD (11)
  • Team with the highest average number of players fielded per game – NWO (8.5)
  • Team with the lowest average number of players fielded per game – HERF and SRT (2.6)
  • Team with the smallest roster for a game – BI and HERF (7)
  • Team with the largest average roster per game – GMRD, NWRD, DRHL and VV (15)
  • Team with the smallest average roster per game – TEES (8.25)
  • Team with the smallest roster to win a game – SRT and TEES (8)

Playoffs Volunteers Application

We are still recruiting for volunteers at the 2019 British Champs Playoffs.

We are looking for volunteers to help cover these essential roles:

  • General Crew & Stewards
  • Announcer
  • Entry & Registration
  • Raffle
  • Track Repair
  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Twitter
  • Team Wranger

Playoffs will be held at Fenton Manor Sports Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September.

There will be eight games on each day, running approximately from 8am to 6pm on each day. All games will be full length WFTDA/MRDA “National” level games, involving teams from the following tiers:

  • Tier 1 WFTDA-side
  • Tier 2 WFTDA-side
  • Tier 1 MRDA-side

Applications close on Friday 30th August at 23:59.

If you have questions, please email for officials, and for crew.

To apply, click the button below.

Streaming Tender 2019

Playoffs are taking place with sixteen teams playing across two days on two tracks from 21–22 September 2019 at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent.

Are you an individual or company that is passionate about streaming high-quality and reliable feeds for live roller derby action?

We are looking for a pay-to-watch streaming provider that can make the edited archives publicly available within a fortnight of the event.

Is this you? Send us your proposal including:

  • name and contact details
  • brief description of your experience and links to previous jobs and working with broadcasters
  • budget outline
  • risk assessment

Contact us on or via our Contact Form with any questions you may have and to submit your tender by 15 July 2019.

Helmets and You

Brains are important – everyone has one, and everyone needs to take care of it. That’s why a properly fitted helmet is essential wear for roller derby and other contact sports.

Getting a helmet

Visit your local stockist to see the options available, and to try some on. It’s important to get a correctly sized helmet – too loose and it’ll just pop right off, too tight and you’ll probably end up with a headache.

If you can’t visit a stockist, you can measure your own head at home if you’re ordering a helmet online. Be sure to follow the manufacturer instructions carefully if you’re doing this, and maybe get a friend to help you.

Fitting your helmet

When you put your helmet on, you should have it sit just above your eyebrows. When you look up without moving your head, you should see the brim of the helmet. It should sit level and straight, and cover the sides of your head and your temples, and the base of your skull at the back.

Once it’s sat on your head properly, move your head around. Even when it’s not fastened, the helmet shouldn’t move. It should feel secure against your head without being tight. If it moves or slips, it is too big.

If your helmet has “Y” straps on the sides, adjust the fastener so the “Y” meets just below the ear. Not all helmets can be adjusted this way, notably “hockey” style helmets. Follow your helmet’s fitting guide.

Fasten the chin strap, and adjust it so the strap sits comfortably under the chin. It should be snug, but not tight. You should be able to get a finger or two between your chin and the strap, and feel the helmet being pulled down if you open your mouth wide. If you can pull the strap up over your chin, it’s too loose – you shouldn’t be able to take the helmet off with the chin strap fastened. If you can’t comfortably breath, talk, or open your mouth, then it’s too tight.

Take a look at the following photographs that show a correctly fitted helmet

Thank you to Filthy Halfblood from Big Bucks High Rollers for modeling.

Daily adjustments

Every time you put your helmet on, quickly check the “Y” straps and chin straps are properly adjusted. Sometimes they can slip or become loose while in storage.

Caring for your helmet

Keep your helmet safe and looked after while you’re not wearing it. Avoid accidental knocks and drops to prolong the life of your helmet, and ensure it’ll do its job when you need it to.

Don’t store it anywhere damp or humid, or anywhere that gets too cold or two hot. Most helmets let you remove the inserts and throw them in the wash with the rest of your kit, to keep bacteria and smells in check – but follow your manufacturer instructions carefully. Ensure you reattach the inserts properly when they’ve fully dried.

When to replace your helmet

You should always follow the manufacturer guidelines for when to replace your helmet. A damaged helmet won’t protect you as well as you think it should.

If you have had a fall and received an impact to your head, you should replace your helmet. Almost all helmets are rated for a single heavy impact, or for a few minor impacts. If in doubt, replace your helmet.

If you notice a crack, or the inner material of the helmet is damaged, you should replace the helmet.

Most helmets should be replaced every year or two even if you don’t receive a head impact. The materials in the helmet break down naturally over time. Make a note of when you purchased your helmet, and follow your manufacturer’s instructions on when to replace the helmet due to age.
Helmets are one of the cheaper bits of safety equipment to replace, but protect the most important thing you have.

If you are in doubt, replace your helmet.

Be a team player

If you notice someone isn’t wearing their helmet correctly, politely let them know. Take a moment to see if they need help fitting it properly.

Be concussion aware

Head injuries are serious business. Ensure you know the symptoms to look out for in team mates and in yourself.

The WFTDA have resources on concussion management, assessment, and advice. It also holds guidelines and policies relevant to roller derby.

The BMJ have a handy pocket guide for identifying concussion, which is ideal for your kit bag.

England Rugby have short e-learning modules on concussion. Ideal for understanding the basics and getting to know how to spot signs of concussion.

If in doubt…

If you need help getting a helmet, visit a local stockist and talk to someone. You should get help in selecting and fitting your helmet.

If you need help to check your existing helmet, ask your team mates or your coaches to show you how to adjust it properly.

If you’ve taken a heavy blow to the head in the past, even just once, it’s probably best to replace your helmet.

If, during a game or training, you take a knock to the head then it’s okay to sit out for a while and assess how you are. Not all concussion symptoms are obvious or immediate. Let your coach or bench staff know you’ve taken a knock to the head.

If you’ve taken a knock to the head and you don’t feel right, see stars, feel dizzy, or identify with any symptoms of a concussion, then seek medical assistance. If medics are present, have them come to you and check you out. If they clear you, but you still don’t feel right, then get a second opinion at your nearest A&E department.

Media Team Recruitment

The British Roller Derby Championships is the largest tournament of its kind in the world. It is entirely volunteer-run and we need YOU! If you like seeing weekly scores posted to Facebook, images shared on Instagram, want to follow the news on Twitter and more, we need YOU.

Champs can only happen if members of our skating community (skaters, officials on and/or offskates, coaches and others) step up to help make it happen!

We are looking to increase our crew in the Media team. Can you turn a phrase? Bring the hype? Enjoy sharing news and views?

What’s in it for you? You get to help make derby happen. You will be part of a team that spans the UK and hear any breaking news first. You’ll get to see how Champs works from behind the scenes and if you have ideas on how Champs can do things better, you can let us know and help make those developments! You will help develop Champs visual content and work with derby photographers and requesting and respecting permissions, links and credits. Finally, for anyone looking to boost their CV, volunteering provides great practical work experience!

We are currently recruiting people to help us with:

  • Facebook (2–3 people)
  • Twitter (1–2 people)
  • Instagram (1–2 people)
  • Website (holiday cover ad hoc position)

We have regular weekly updates across our media and by sharing the roles we aim to ensure that everyone can take guilt-free holidays or time off when real life interrupts our roller lives!

If you think this is for you, apply via the form below! PS tell your friends!