Our Story

Riverside Rebels

As with all good sports teams, The Riverside Rebels were founded in a pub.  On the 18th July 2012, a group of skaters banded together to set up an inclusive, accessible and fun roller derby team, and under the captaincy of Feral Child they set to work building the team.  Coaching was provided by the more experienced skaters, enthusiasm was provided by growing number of members, and a logo was provided by Sammy at Empress Tattoo, which has been used by the team ever since

After two years of training, the Rebels took to the track for their first open bout, playing York Minxters in April 2014.  August 2015 saw their second public game, this time travelling down to Milton Keynes to play Grid City.

In early 2016, and inspired by the work done by the B-Town Brawlers, the Riverside Rebels began formally describing themselves as “gender inclusive”, reflecting the diversity of its skaters.  

Throughout 2016, The Riverside Rebels played host to a number of gender inclusive bootcamps and scrims, with the coaching provided by a variety of international-level skaters such as Violet Attack (Birmingham Blitz Dames, Team West Indies), Lt Damn (New Wheeled Order, Ireland Men’s Roller Derby) and Illbilly (Southern Discomfort, England Men’s Roller Derby).  This provided the team with some high-level tuition and tactics that would prove essential in the following season.

2017 was the biggest year in Rebels history.  With VooDoom at the helm as captain, and with a dedicated bench team, the Rebels entered the British Championships for the first time in division T4W (WFTDA-side).  As the rank outsiders, they were the upset of the division by winning three of their four games and finishing second, as well as having the highest ranking jammer (Road Runner) and blocker (Violent Chachki) in the division.

Pos

Team

P

W

L

F

A

+/-

T Pts

1

Roller Derby Leicester

4

4

0

967

348

619

12

2

Riverside Rebels Roller Derby

4

3

1

700

485

215

9

3

Cheshire Hellcats

4

2

2

695

611

84

6

4

North Cheshire Victory Rollers

4

1

3

485

625

-140

3

5

Arcadia Roller Derby

4

0

4

289

1067

-778

0

 

Having established themselves as a competitive team in 2017, the 2018 season promises to be a year of different challenges.  This year’s British Championship tournament pits the Rebels against Arcadia Roller Derby, Blackpool Roller Derby, North Cheshire Victory Rollers and Railtown Loco Rollers, and the Rebels will be hoping to build on last year’s successes.  Along with the addition of transfer skaters and home-grown talent to this year’s charter, this promises to make the Rebels a team to watch this year.