A Coruña, Spain
As Brigantias Roller Derby was born in the streets of A Coruña, a beautiful small city by the sea in northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia.The region’s official language is Galician, but Spanish is also spoken.
The league’s name comes from the word Brigantia, the ancient name of the city. It is believed that the Celtic tribe Brigantes originated in this area. Brigantia was their kingdom and also the name of their goddess of fire, hearth, poetry, healing, childbirth, and unity. The name is derived from Proto-Celtic “Brigant” meaning elevated, prestigious, and honorable.
In 2012, after discovering there were no roller derby leagues in their city, Lady Moratón and Evil Nurse decided to found their own. They were joined by Poison Isy in 2013, who planted the seeds of what is now the league’s organizational committee. As Brigantias started out as an association, training on the street and in public sport halls until January 2016, when we became a professional sport club.
Since then, we have continued to work tirelessly to develop our league and we are now proud to have twenty-four skaters, all of them highly-driven women. In December 2017 we decided to apply to the WFTDA Apprentice Program, to which we were accepted in February 2018. Our team trains in two cities, A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, coming together every weekend for an intense practice. In February 2019we became full members.
As Brigantias actively work toward promoting women's sports in A Coruña, motivating women to live a healthier life while practicing this amazing sport. Our main goal is to advance roller derby in Spain while fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect among athletes. Since the beginning, teamwork, honesty and equality have been our league’s core values. We work to eradicate violence against women; to create an inclusive environment for transgender, intersex and gender expansive skaters; and to empower our skaters to fulfil their athletic potential.
Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.