SAVE THE DATE FOR EROC 31 JAN – 2 FEB 2020 WHAT IS EROC? The European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC) was started in 2009 to give European roller derby leagues an opportunity to come together, work through the issues that affect them most and share vision, intentions and knowledge. Since its founding, EROC has continued to grow and innovate as an organization. EROC 2020 will follow through in its mission of shaping together European Roller Derby. WHAT IS EROC 2020 ALL ABOUT? The next EROC is happening under a special sign: 10 years of EROC! So many things have happened in those last 10 year. And so many questions still need answers: Where does European Roller Derby currently stand? What effects do and will political events like Brexit have on our sport? Did we reach our goals for more inclusion and diversity? How will the collaboration with governing bodies continue? Do we have the best knowledge transfer in European roller derby or how can we improve it? There are so many more questions and topics that we want to discuss with you. Let’s critically review the past 10 years and lay the foundation for the next even better 10 years! EROC NEEDS YOU – CALL FOR SPEAKER! EROC lives from the active participation of all people involved. For this, we need engaged and motivated speakers in order to discuss all the topics that excite and interest us. What moved you or your league in the past 10 years? What challenges were you able to overcome? What challenges are still to come in the future? What topics would you like to discuss with other (fellow) skaters, officials, coaches, volunteers and all the amazing supporters of our sport? Use this opportunity and apply to be a speaker at EROC. You can choose if you want to hold a workshop (active group work) or a session (presentation with Q&A). Or maybe both? Follow this link and present us your topic(s) of choice. We are super excited and are looking forward to your ideas! https://forms.gle/qHWcDqYgM4KK5czGA WAIT… WHAT WAS ROLLER DERBY AGAIN? Roller derby is a sport where the support comes from the skater, for the skater, by the skater. As the global systems develop, we believe that it is critical that every member of the Derby community has the opportunity to be informed about the elements at play, ask questions, bring their vision foreword. EROC offers this important platform to the entire European Roller Derby community. THAT SOUNDS GREAT. TELL ME ABOUT THE PAST EROC EVENTS. The original goal of our exchange at EROC was to help leagues in shaping the evolution of their sport on the European continent and to represent the interests of their membership. In addition to facilitating discussion, the conference also provides an informational platform to assist leagues in their continuing individual, organizational and structural development. As a supplement to the WFTDA Annual Meeting, the EROC Conference provides an important platform for the European Contingent. In our role as representatives of European roller derby within the WFTDA, some of the key issues include the training and support of organizations within the WFTDA as well as establishing better understanding of our needs as an association. Since its founding, there have been a number of recent milestones within EROC. In 2013 and 2014, the mandate was implemented to create national roller derby organizations within Europe. The years 2014 and 2015 were fruitful years in assisting the growth of national organizations in most European countries. Additionally, the national bodies were busy and are pleased with the product of their joint efforts: The European Roller Derby Association. EROC 2016 introduced a number of changes in response to the previous years’ development and skater feedback. It expanded the workshop selection over the course of the conference and gave leagues and their representatives the opportunity to really dive into the material presented by workshop leaders, instead of just skimming over it. A further change seen at EROC 2016 was in the structure of the discussion sessions. The goal of EROC 2016 was to create real transparency and understanding for each league about who is doing what where in European and Global roller derby while, at the same time, providing real learning experiences for every level of league. EROC 2017 worked on developing even more new sessions and innovative workshops to inspire leagues and skaters alike. We decided to take a pause for one year to give ourselves the time to reflect upon the cogent and actual necessities, topics and issues of European Roller Derby now and to organize an always more inclusive conference. EROC 2019 came back with a new structure and more content. Four days long we discussed, reflected, questioned in workshops and sessions, and strengthened our european roller derby community. The conference in 2020 might be shortened a bit, but will not be less intensive. Save the date +++ EROC 2020 +++ 31/01-02/02/2019 +++ You don’t want to miss it! Check this Facebook Page regularly to get the latest updates on EROC 2020!