Unlike North America, where the “Derby Season” at high levels is carefully constructed to leave almost nothing on the agenda for the start of WFTDA Playoffs around September, Europe continues to have a packed schedule into the dying days of the year.
After a brief slowing around the time of the Men’s Roller Derby Championships and Rollercon, this year has been no different.
We’re going to have some separate articles on some of these events, and more events will pop up on the radar which are currently a bit less confirmed, but, here’s a sample of the upcoming events featuring Scottish skaters or leagues this year:
✓27 Aug – BairnCityRollers’ Central Belters away (North Cheshire); Granite City home(v GRD, and v mixed team featuring Doonhame and Ayrshire)(read more here); FVRG Band night
✓17 Sept – Stormy Sevens (Rainy City Sevens Tournament) featuring some Scottish skaters. The Great Yorkshire Showdown (hosted by Leeds Roller Dolls in Halifax), featuring Glasgow Roller Derby
✓18 Sept – Bairn City Roller’s Central Belters v Furness Firecrackers (hosted in Grangemouth) Covered by us here.
✓24 Sept – Glasgow Roller Derby Home Teams
✓1 Oct – Granite City Roller Derby Double Header – Northern Fights v Mixed team, Fight Hawks v Mean City (Women).
✓9 Oct – Fierce Valley Roller Cubs at Junior Derby in Barnsley! (part of a triple header with other bouts)
✓15 Oct – Bairn City Rollers v “Brawler Buddies” [“Open”/Coed game]
✓ 22 Oct – Fierce Valley Roller Girls Charity Co-ed Sur5al (Harry Potter theme). Team submissions open. ; Auld Reekie Roller Girls v Newcastle Roller Girls (A v A, B v B!), in Newcastle
✓29 Oct – Mean City Roller Derby’s HallowMean
3 Dec Glasgow Roller Derby Christmas Charity Bout [poster here]
10 Dec Charity Bout in Grangemouth
21 Jan (yes, next year, but…) Glasgow Roller Derby hosts Derby 7s.
Wider events (featuring European teams, esp UK, or important tournaments):
✓22 Aug – “Children’s Roller Derby” junior derby training /experience event offered by Power of Scotland’s Whyte and MacDie.
✓26-28 Aug – WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs (Lansing), featuring Nidaros Roller Derby, Bear City Roller Derby from Europe
✓27 Aug – The Suomi Cup (#5) in Helsinki
✓2-4 Sept – WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs (Montréal) featuring London Rollergirls, Kallio Rolling Rainbow from Europe
✓3 Sept – Nottingham Roller Derby Triple Header!
✓9-11 Sept – WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs (Columbia), featuring Rainy City Roller Derby, Crime City Rollers from Europe
✓16-18 Sept – WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs (Vancouver), featuring Victorian Roller Derby League (not from Europe, but hey), and Stockholm Roller Derby from Europe
✓23-25 Sept – WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs (Madison), featuring Helsinki Roller Derby from Europe.
✓15-16 Oct DagaDenter Tournament (Southern/Central Europe)
✓29 Oct – “JAMdemic” themed Tournament (Central City Rollergirls, Birmingham)
✓4 Nov – WFTDA Champs (no doubt featuring some of the above from Europe!)
16 – 18 Dec – Tenerife Roller Derby hosted European Tournament, featuring Dundee Roller Girls, and Crime City Rollers.
April 2017 – European Junior Roller Derby Tournament in Copenhagen (yes, we know, next year, but it’s big enough to need advance notice)
29 April 2017 – Shepsk8 memorial skate event, Perth
?? 2017 – Roller Derby World Cup 2017