The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce that the Tiger Bay Brawlers (TBB) have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
Lyndsey Boulton-Evans (aka Kid Block), one of TBB’s coaches and current captain of the A team said: “Getting accepted as a WFTDA Apprentice League is a huge milestone for us and something that we have been working towards for a long time. Every member of the league (both past and present) has put in a huge amount of effort in order to get us to this point, both on and off skate. European derby is so exciting at the moment… there are so many motivated, competitive leagues out there who are working towards this same goal.
“Tiger Bay Brawlers are so proud to be the first league in Wales playing under the umbrella of the WFTDA. We’re excited and eager to keep progressing and working hard towards our full WFTDA membership, and we are ready to represent Wales and the UK. As a league we constantly look up to and gain advice and feedback from experienced WFTDA leagues, and we are very grateful for the help and support that we have received from the derby community.”
As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, TBB joins the ranks of more than 200 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
Sian Welsh (aka Sian of the Dead), TBB’s president said “When we established the Tiger Bay Brawlers in April 2010 we had no idea how successful we’d be or how far we’d go. Our progress in such a short time has been amazing and this latest achievement is testament to just how hard we all work towards things. We’re absolutely thrilled! Being a WFTDA Apprentice League means we will have access to a huge database of information which will help us progress as well as getting the opportunity to play more international teams”
“I’d like to thank Rocky Mountain Roller Girls (Denver, Colorado), and specifically Winona Fighter (who wrote our recommendation) for their support throughout our application process. The advice and guidance we got from them has been invaluable, and we’ve built up an amazing relationship with them.”
WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. Additionally, the mentor offers advice and information related to the management and development of the Apprentice League. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.