About the event
Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the Roller Derby World Cup is the LARGEST roller derby event in the world.
It all started in Toronto, in 2011 with 13 teams (representing 13 countries) competing in the Roller Derby World Cup. In 2014, the event was held in Dallas, Texas and saw 30 countries compete. For 2018, forty teams will compete and the tournament will be held over 4 days on 4 tracks! The event will be broadcasted around the world via a live web stream. In 2014, people from 48 different countries tuned in to watch online.
The third Roller Derby World Cup is taking place at EventCity in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. This 4-day event is being held 1 February - 4 February 2018 and welcomes 38 women's teams from around the world competing on 4 simultaneous tracks.
Countries competing include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indigenous, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, México, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Wales, West Indies
*Bolded teams are new to the tournament.
The venue, EventCity, is a huge 16,000 sq. metre [172,000 sq. ft] hosting space, located in Trafford, not far from the internationally renowned Old Trafford soccer venue, home of Manchester United Football Club.
In addition to the thousands of fans expected, there will be another 1000+ skaters, officials, announcers, volunteers and staff in the venue each day and thousands watching from home.
Tickets went on sale in late May and the first 500 tickets sold within the first 4 hours with steady sales ever since. This event is expected to sell out.
The Roller Derby World Cup has an amazing online following:
Facebook: 33,000+ fans
Twitter: 6,300+ followers
Instagram: 12,400+ followers
The 2014 Roller Derby World Cup was covered by the following news outlets: ESPN, CW33, UniVision, DFW.com, Dallas News, Mirror, USA Today, Dallas Observer, L’Expresse, Red Eye Chicago, Dallas Morning News,MSN, NPR, ABC (Australia), Time and Star, KERA News, Louth Leader, The Daily Meal, Stuff (NZ), Yorkshire Evening Post, Central Track, Scottish Roller Derby Blog, Derby Central, The Derby Nerd and more.
Why should you sponsor?
The sport of roller derby is unique in that it is a mix of new and old. The sport was created in the '30s, was televised in the 60's and 70's and brought back to life in the early 2000's and has been growing ever since. It's different. It's interesting. It's competitive. It's smart and strong and fast. This event is very international; 38 countries are sending their best to compete.
Fans and participants come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and cultures. And they sure do love to support companies who support their favorite sport!
We expect about 4000 people to attend this event. Extending your sponsorship to the webcast will increase the amount of people that you are exposed to. Over 10,000 viewers are expected to tune in live. Games will also be archived and available online.
In 2006, my business partner and teammate and I created a print magazine called Blood & Thunder, dedicated to the sport of Roller Derby. The modern incarnation of this sport was still new, with only a handful of leagues in the USA. By 2009, leagues started popping up in other countries. In 2011, we organized the very first Roller Derby World Cup. In order to compete, national teams needed to be created. We were not sure what to expect, but 13 countries sent teams to Toronto to compete in the first tournament to a sold out crowd. In 2014, we held the 2nd tournament in Dallas, Texas and 30 teams came to compete. Since then, we created a more structured planning committee and are working with the RDNC as well as the local roller derby league in Manchester (hosts Rainy City Roller Derby) to create a bigger and better event. In 2018, we are expecting 38 teams! The event has surely grown, much like the sport itself.
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