Roll Up for the Hottest Sponsorship Opportunity Around

Local businesses are being given the opportunity to raise their profile with a unique opportunity – sponsoring Bristol’s roller derby league.

Bristol Roller Derby player in action - Tattoed Terror
Bristol Roller Derby member, Tattooed Terror, in action

Roller derby is a fast, full-contact, women-only sport played on quad skates. It combines athleticism – players train for up to 8 hours per week – with a sense of fun and showmanship. Players have alter-ego names such as Tattooed Terror and Ruby Whipper.

Established in May 2010, Bristol Roller Derby has grown to become one of the UK’s largest leagues with over 70 skaters and four teams: the travel team, Bristol Harbour Harlots; and three home teams, the Smash Vandals, Daughters of Anarchy and Project Mayhem.

The league is currently looking for sponsorship to help fund its expansion, and allow it to host regular competitive bouts.

Tuisku Sarrala, the league’s chairperson, said: “The interest in roller derby in the city – both from those who are involved and from fans – has been overwhelming.

“But it’s hard work. We are entirely skater-owned and managed, and like roller derby leagues the world over, we are grassroots and DIY. Everything from coaching to artwork is done by unpaid members or volunteers.”

The league believes it can offer businesses in the region a unique and exciting sponsorship opportunity and has created a flexible selection of sponsorship packages – from one-off advertisements to year-round deals – to suit all budgets and requirements.

The Bristol Roller Derby team
The Bristol Roller Derby team

Tuisku continued: “Members of the league are made up of all ages from 18 to mid 40s. They come from all walks of life, from stay-at-home mums to lawyers, midwives, graphic artists, fraud investigators, photographers and dog groomers.

“The target audience for roller derby is just as broad and diverse; it draws from those who enjoy physical, hard-hitting sports as well as those who seek out unusual and fun entertainment. We have built up an incredibly loyal fanbase and are confident that we can offer businesses a good return on their investment.”

WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) research* found that two-thirds of all fans know the businesses that support their local derby league, and nearly 90 per cent hold a favourable opinion of these businesses.

“We have grown rapidly into one of the UK’s largest leagues, and by sponsoring us you will gain access to the loyal fans we attract,” concludes Tuisku. “Your business can be associated with a sport that is fast, fun and furious. The women who play are athletes with a difference; they are fearless, determined and they embody female empowerment.”

Bristol Roller Derby regularly pulls in hundreds of people at its fundraising evenings and bouts, and its most recent ‘fresh meat’ intake (the affectionate term used for new skaters) saw over 100 enquiries and 60 women turn up for try outs.

The travel team’s first ever home bout on Saturday 9th July, which saw the team win by a 100 point difference against Gloucester, attracted over 400 members of the Bristol public. The league has since secured a larger venue for future bouts to cater for up to 600 fans.

If you would like to sponsor Bristol Roller Derby or would like to find out more, visit www.bristolrollerderby.com/sponsorship, email sponsorship@bristolrollerderby.com or phone Brooke Nolan on 0776918426.

*This research was undertaken in America. No similar research has been completed yet in the UK.

BRD Flea Market brings in the bucks

Clothes, cakes and crafting were the order of the day for Bristol Roller Derby Flea Market, held at The Lanes on Sunday 26th June. Despite what appeared to be a mini heat wave, the crowds found the allure of fresh-baked cakes, pasties and the obligatory pint too much of a draw.

With mountains of clothes, books and handmade goodies on offer, the great Bristol public managed to bag a bargain or three. From jewellery and bric-a-brac to a fully-functioning tuba and sparkly dancing shoes, there was something for everyone.

Youngsters were kept amused by the Kiddies’ Craft and Baking area where they were able to decorate biscuits and sell them on the cake stall while the cut –price bowling attracted the more sporting attendees.

Flea market overview
Flea market overview
Glorious chocolate brownies
Glorious chocolate brownies
A happy punter overjoyed to find the perfect cupcake
A happy punter overjoyed to find the perfect cupcake

And let’s not forget the cakes. Having cemented our reputation as a number one cake-baking bunch of Roller girls, we certainly didn’t disappoint – scrummy cake-pops, pasties, Victoria sponge, and the now infamous Oreo cookie cupcakes were piled high, though not for long.Speaking in between bites of cake, BRD’s head of PR, Brookiller de’Vil said: “We’ve had a great day and most important of all, we have raised £410 for the League. I’ve got myself a dress and some killer heels, so I’m very happy! A big thank you to everyone who donated their items and time – it’s much appreciated!”BRD is planning on holding another Flea Market in July, so watch this space for further details of time and venues as well as how you can take part or donate.

One man's junk is another man's treasure!
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
Killer has had a bit too much sugar ;-)
Killer has had a bit too much sugar
Browsing the goodies
A bargain hunter browses the goodies
Fabulous handmade crafts were up for grabs
Fabulous handmade crafts were up for grabs
Clothes, clothes glorious clothes
Clothes, clothes glorious clothes
La Calavera samples the Cake-pops
La Calavera samples the Cake-pops

 

Written by Twisterella AKA, Verity Gough