Middlesbrough Roller Derby Qualifies for International Women’s Roller Derby Playoffs

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Middlesbrough to Compete in Division 2 Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced today that Middlesbrough Roller Derby qualified for the 2017 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 18-20, as the 6 seed. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through to that date.


This is the first time that the Teesside team has made it through to this international tournament. This is a great achievement for the team in their tenth anniversary year.


Co-captain Ella Storey said “We have worked really hard to get to this point. The whole team has trained really hard, and we’re having an incredible year, currently sitting at the top of the British Championship table too!”


Co-Captain Terri Sudron agreed “When you look at the other teams that have made it through this year, we’re a little team from a little town. The fact that we have made it through is testament to the hard work of the team, the dedication of the coaches, and of course, the fact that ‘Boro lasses are made of tougher stuff.”


Marking its 12th year of pushing the sport’s athleticism and competition to new heights, the International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.


The following teams will be joining Middlesbrough Roller Derby in Pittsburgh on Aug. 18-20 to compete for advancement through two eight-team brackets to the Championship games that will cap off the three-day event:


  1. Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  2. Tucson Roller Derby, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
  3. Paris Rollergirls, Paris, France
  4. Jet City Rollergirls, Everett, Washington, U.S.
  5. Oklahoma Victory Dolls, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
  6. Middlesbrough Roller Derby, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  7. Boston Roller Derby, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
  8. Ohio Roller Derby, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
  9. No Coast Derby Girls, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
  10. Pirate City Rollers, Auckland, New Zealand
  11. Columbia Quad Squad, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
  12. Naptown Roller Derby, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
  13. Treasure Valley Rollergirls, Boise, Idaho, U.S.
  14. Bear City Roller Derby, Berlin, Germany
  15. E-Ville Roller Derby, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  16. Dublin Roller Derby, Dublin, Ireland



Middlesbrough Roller Derby are now fundraising, to help the team get to the playoffs, and get some fantastic merchandise too, have a look at their just giving page; www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/middlesbrough-rollerderby


There is also plenty of opportunities to get involved with the team. There is a regular beginners practice on the first Wednesday of each month at Eston Sports Academy. Find out more on their Facebook page facebook.com/middlesbroughRD/


The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer five weekends of full-contact competition. Catch a preview of tournament action and see archives of past footage at youtube.com/thewftda. Clips for use in broadcast are available by request.


Learn how to join the action in Pittsburgh, at the WFTDA Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3-5, or at any of the WFTDA postseason events at wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on Middlesbrough from home via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel: WFTDA.tv!







Lydia Tague, Middlesbrough Roller Derby Publicity Committee; lydiatague@hotmail.co.uk 07740783579

Jenna Cloughley, WFTDA Marketing and Communications Manager: jenna@wftda.com | 647.298.6529

Photo Credit:

Chris Bell


ABOUT Middlesbrough Roller Derby: Founded in September 2007, Middlesbrough Roller Derby are the first women’s roller derby league in Teesside. Skater-owned and skater-run, we are proud to be one of the UK’s most competitive teams. Our A and B teams are packed with skaters who are determined to do Teesside proud.



ABOUT THE WFTDA:  The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 405 WFTDA member leagues and 41 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

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