Birmingham Roller Derby was formed in 2021 when the two women's roller derby teams Birmingham Blitz Dames and Central City Roller Derby merged.
Birmingham Blitz Dames (BBD) and Central City Roller Derby (CCR) operated in Birmingham since 2006 and 2007, with both leagues achieving significant competitive success as part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the leading governing body for global roller derby.
BBD and CCR have been integral to the growth and development of UK roller derby over the course of the last decade. The teams had developed high-level skaters, coaches and officials, and hosted key, international roller derby tournaments and events in the Midlands.
The decision to merge followed a year-long discussion and consultation process with both leagues, subsequent to a long hiatus from active training due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, Birmingham Roller Derby has approximately 50 members, spanning two travel teams, a developmental squad, academy skaters, along with officials and volunteers. We operate entirely through self-funding and volunteer efforts, without any external financial backing. However, the league has recently obtained charity status (charity number 1204933), which opens doors to a wider array of funding opportunities and specific tax benefits.
We are proud to be a diverse league, embracing members from various backgrounds. Our commitment lies in fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes everyone, irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion/belief (or lack thereof), colour, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.
MISSION & VISION
Fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, Birmingham Roller Derby seeks to grow the profile of the sport by building links in the city and to nurture each individual's potential to thrive within an internationally recognised league that competes at all levels.
Birmingham Roller Derby are committed to providing an open and inclusive environment for all members enabling growth and allowing all to reach their full potential through excellence in development.
We are committed to providing an environment where all individuals can participate and excel in roller derby recreationally, competitively and in all collaborative roles while supporting the Birmingham community, by actively finding opportunities to make a positive impact.
CHARITY & COMMUNITY WORK
Birmingham Roller Derby engages in various charity and community-oriented activities to give back and support different causes.
Birmingham Roller Derby have been involved in initiatives supporting causes like women's empowerment, LGBTQ+ rights, anti-racism campaigns, anti-bullying campaigns, local youth programs, and other community-focused endeavours.
Birmingham Roller Derby frequently engages in charitable activities such as fundraising bouts, donating a portion of event proceeds to local charities, organising food or clothing drives, participating in community events, or volunteering for causes that align with our values.
League members also nominate and vote on a charity to be associated with for the course of a season, this can be a charity which team members have been affected or supported by.
You can find out more about our current community engagements and charitable initiatives here and keep up to date through our social media channels.