SAVE THE DATE FOR EROC 31 JAN – 3 FEB 2019
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 2019 will follow through in its mission of shaping together European Roller Derby.
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.
WE NEED YOUR OPINION!
As always in Roller Derby, EROC is a tool and it will only function well if it can be utilized – by you! It’s your event and it should have the best agenda you could imagine. To be able to weave in your ideas and thoughts, we would like to ask you to fill out this survey . It doesn’t matter whether or not you participated in the previous editions of EROC, or whether you’re thinking about joining us in 2019, every feedback is important for us. It won’t take long and it would be really helpful to us!! Please fill it out to help make EROC an event that is by Skaters for Skaters.
Save the date +++ EROC 2019 +++ 31/01-03/02/2019 +++ You don’t want to miss it!
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