About UK Ultimate

UK Ultimate (UKU) is the National Governing Body for the sport of ultimate in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ultimate has been growing steadily in the UK for many years, and players can be found across the whole country.

 

Internationally the UK continues to improve its standing – with national and club teams performing consistently well at European and World championship level.

 

As the National Governing Body, UK Ultimate is here to support, assist and encourage players and teams at all levels of this exciting sport. We phrase this commitment as follows:

UK Ultimate works towards the goal that everyone should have an excellent experience of Ultimate in the UK. We intend to lead and support the UK's development into the World's leading ultimate community. We will maintain and protect the Spirit of the Game as the underlying principle in everything we do.

 

How UKU works

In 2008, UK Ultimate (UKU) became a company limited by guarantee.  We are a not-for-profit organisation.

The members are effectively the “owners” of UK Ultimate, rather like the shareholders of a company, except that in particular the organisation cannot distribute any profits.

The members elect a Board of Directors to act on their behalf in looking after the interests of the organisation.

The Board in turn appoints a number of people and committees to take responsibility for various activities and/or areas within the sport.

Board of Directors

UK Ultimate Ltd is the governing body for the sport of Ultimate in the UK. UKU Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, accordingly Board members are company directors.

The Board’s role is summarised as follows:

  • Determine UKU Ltd’s mission and purpose ensuring that UKU Ltd complies with it’s governing document, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Determine and monitor UKU Ltd’s activities and services – ensuring that appropriate practices and policies are in place, defining goals and setting targets
  • Appoint, support and review the performance of the CEO/Administrator and UKU Ltd as a whole against agreed targets ensuring effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • Ensure the availability of adequate resources, approve annual budgets and ensure that UKU Ltd uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its governing document and is financially stable
  • To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of funds
  • Safeguard and enhance the public image of both the sport and the organisation
  • Assess its own performance and account to the members for the organisation’s performance
  • Serve as a Court of Appeal

Other duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, and role-specific responsibilities below, each Board member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board reach sound decisions. This will involve:

  • Have regular access to email/internet and read email at least once a week (other than during planned absence).  Weekly email volume is less than one hour – but does increase around Board meetings
  • Attend Board conference calls (approx 6 calls per year) plus one face-to-face meeting and respond to correspondence within 5 working days
  • Read all emails posted on UKU Ltd Board e-group and UKU Ltd Member Updates
  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the Board member has special expertise

There are up to eight elected positions on the Board as follows:

Chair:

The chairperson is responsible for leading the Board:

  • Ensure regular board meetings/calls occur
  • Chair board meetings – and support/encourage activity and discussion between meetings
  • Ensure Board meetings are effective
  • Support, advise and manage the CEO/Administrator
  • Member of Remuneration committee

Treasurer
The Treasurer has overall responsibility for all UKU finances and budgets.  In particular the Treasurer should work with the CEO/Administrator to:

  • Supervise accounting
  • Authorise payment of UKU bills
  • Ensure tax obligations are met
  • Chair Remuneration committee
  • Member of Grants committee

 

Director of Competitions (DoC)
The DoC is responsible for planning the UK ultimate events calendar across all divisions and for coordinating all UKU events and the associated rules – including ensuring we have a clear strategy for the ongoing evolution of the national competition structure.
These activities should be done by leading two key groups of volunteers:

  • UKU Competitions Committee
  • UKU Scheduling Committee


The Director of Competitions’ role is to lead these groups to deliver “the calendar”, the UKU competition rules and the UKU competition structure.

 

University Coordinator
The Uni-Coordinator is elected by University Members annually in the Summer and is responsible for University Competitions and promotion of student ultimate.  The role includes:

  • Chairing the Uni Coordinators Committee
  • Answering queries from student players
  • Ensuring AGM and e-AGM take place
  • Attend and chair AGM

 

Director for Junior Ultimate
One member of the Board is required to be or become an active member of the Junior Ultimate committee in order to ensure we maintain good communication between the Board and the Junior committee.  This role include:

  • Ensuring that the organisation continues to review and improve its approach to Safeguarding/Child Protection
  • Supporting the administration of the Enhanced CRB disclosure process.

 

Without Portfolio
The remaining three positions on the Board are all "without portfolio" in order to offer an opportunity for individuals to propose and take a key role in an area that they feel is important.

 

A Vice-Chair is appointed from the without-portfolio board members:

  • Takes role of Chair when s/he is not available
  • Provides support to Chair when needed

Current Board Members

Current board members are:

 

Chairman: Graham Mynott

I started playing ultimate as a student at Southampton University in 1985, I still have the Glyn Lewis designed shirt still (a bit thin now mind). My main ultimate playing career in this country was with Catch 22 and LeedsLeedsLeeds on sand and grass, in domestic, european and world competitions: legendary times. I'm the proud owner of a gold medal from the Euros in 2003 representing the Masters (got the winning point disc as a memento too) and a bronze from the Turku Worlds the following year , although my first Masters foray was in Sweden back in 1996. I don't play any more apart from an annual trot at Glastonbury with the Catch family. My son's got the golden arm though.
My day job is as Chief Executive of Keyhouse a supported housing, advice and training charity based in Keighley in West Yorkshire - I've been running this charity, and before that another in Oldham for well over 10 years now and somewhere in there is the reason that Si Hill approached me to act as Chair when Jamie Cross was heading west. My work has always been based around housing and homelessness.

Treasurer: Wayne Davey

I started playing ultimate at Warwick in 1985. Since then I’ve played at all levels, in mixed, masters and open divisions and I’ve been lucky enough to play in World Championships on 5 continents. I have captained the GB Masters team several times on both grass and sand, including leading the team to success in the 2003 European Championships. I've also been on winning teams at UK Nationals in open, mixed and indoors. In 2011 I was part of the GB mixed masters team that won the World Beach Championships. Unfortunately, injury now limits my ultimate to 2 or 3 beach tournaments a year.

Off the field I have been the treasurer of UK Ultimate for the last 3 years or so. I was also the first treasurer of the UK Ultimate's predecessor organisation. While I have been on the Board I chaired the UKU Spirit of the Game Committee for 2 years. I also spent a couple of years on the BULA Beach Ultimate Committee.

 

Director of Competitions: Chris White

I've been part of the competitions committee since 2008, starting as the Mixed Coordinator for 4 years and serving without portfolio until 2014 when I became DoC. I have kept a working knowledge of the competitions structure & rules central to my work. These areas are vital to steering the structure of UKU competitions in the coming years as we need to find new ways to grow with the number of teams & players.

 

University Coordinator: Chris Bamford

My name is Chris Bamford. For those of you who don't know me I'm a maths Graduate from Nottingham University. I started playing Ultimate in my second year of university so have now played three years of university ultimate with Fling (Nottingham University) including one year acting as Events Coordinator on the committee there.

My club ultimate has consisted of playing with Flyght club for a year and then two years of training and competing with Emo. I was on the Uni Committee as northern RC prior to becoming UKU University Coordinator.

I'm looking to increase ties between local clubs and universities, provide more support for new or small university teams and develop a greater awareness of the benefits of fitness work in Ultimate, particularly in relation to avoiding injuries.

 

Director for Junior Ultimate: Joe Wyatt

I have taught beginner juniors, supported club level teams that have included juniors, helped to promote ultimate in schools through the Matalan Sports Promise and I managed the GB juniors U20s for a 2-year cycle.
As well as this key experience and knowledge these have given, I have also been involved in the youth service since I was 17. In that time I have moved up the ranks to a development officer for a national youth movement. All this experience has given me the knowledge and skills to help young people to reach their full potential. Working as a youth worker gives me daily learning that I will bring to the role.
As a person I'm driven, enthusiastic and a keen problem solver who enjoys a challenge. I'm truly passionate about youth rights and welfare which has a importance role in the development of junior ultimate.

Without Portfolio: Tom Howard

I started working with UKU as the Northern University Co-ordinator back in the mid-2000s. That made me want to take a greater part in taking this sport forward, so I stood for the full Board a few years later. The reasons I stood for the Board then hold true now, so my manifesto also remains much the same!

I bring to the Board experience of company directorship and strategic sports management, having been the Executive Officer for Sports and the University of Sheffield Students Union – a multi-million pound turnover business, part of which saw the running of over 40 sports clubs, 120 teams and several thousand athletes, as well as many more social players.

When I first stood, I also stood on the basis that I would use my day-job experience of PR, public affairs and press relations to help raise the profile of the UKU in the media, and to deal with press enquiries. During my term, I have in part done that, particularly with regards to dealing with reactive press enquiries and in advising on how to deal with reputational issues.

 

Without Portfolio: Willis Bruckermann

In this country, we have an incredible amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to ultimate. However, the institutional structures that underpin the sport remain poorly understood by many in the sport itself. I've played this sport for all of my adult life, and as I begin to transition out of the competitive playing phase of my career I would like to continue contributing to the community at the institutional level.

Among the issues I would be interested in addressing are:
- knowledge dissemination on UKU's decision making process and rationale in order to bring the governing body closer to the players, many of whom remain woefully under-informed on how the UKU supports their sport
- enhancing institutional mechanisms for best practice dissemination when it comes to developing players
However, the above issues are far from the only ones I in which I have an interest, and any issue brought to the Board will have my full attention.

 

Without Portfolio: Georgie Winborn

I started playing in Edinburgh in 2003. I have played at women's tour every year since then for Swift and then Nice Bristols. I have just attended World Clubs with the latter and have attended EUCF several times with both teams. I have also played World Clubs in the mixed division. I have represented GB in the mixed division in 2007/8 and 2011/12. I was elected to the UKU Board of Directors in 2009 and continued in that role ever since. I have been on the women's committee for several years and am in the process of redeveloping the committee's function to further develop Ultimate for UK women. I am pasionate about promoting and developing women in Ultimate and as a physiotherapist encouraging women to do more sport/exercise in general. I also co-ordinate the medical support services for GB teams and UKU tournaments.

I have enjoyed my role in making decisions to help UKUltimate grow and develop over the last 5 years and I feel I can contribute further if re-elected. I think it is vital that there is women's voice on the Board.

Without Portfolio: Nick Smith

Nick Smith is a consultant in the sport, education and charity sectors, specialising in corporate social responsibility, fundraising and brand communications. Following 5 years in the telecommunications sector, Nick has enjoyed various commercial and strategic roles including at the University of Cambridge, The Prince’s Trust, Right To Play UK and brand design agency, Navyblue. When not consulting, he is also Head of Development at the University of Roehampton. A keen sportsman, he has tried his hand at most things, goes for a run whenever time allows, loves a game of chess and still tries his hand at tennis and squash. He played a lot of Ultimate from 1995-2005 including appearances for GB Open in 2000 and 2003.

CEO/Administrator: Simon Hill

 

 

 

 

UKU Staff

In addition to having the support of many volunteers, we have - for several years - employed an administrator to help keep the organisation running as smoothly as possible.  In 2007 we extended this role to include the day to day management of all aspects of UKU.

CEO-Administrator

Reports to the Chair of the Board, and is responsible for the management of UK Ultimate and implementing the day-to-day administrative activities of the organisation.

At a high level the purpose of the CEO role is:

  • Work with the Chair to ensure that the Board formulates and regularly review the UKU’s mission and strategic plan; ensure it is able to monitor annual plans and targets
  • Be responsible for staff/volunteer leadership, management and administration of the organisation in executing the agreed plans and fulfilling its obligations – which includes dealing with important, but unexpected issues that arise
  • Work with the Chair to ensure that the Board receives appropriate advice and information on all relevant matters and hence enable it to fulfil its governance responsibilities
  • Promotion of the sport and the organisation – ensuring that both are appropriately presented to stakeholders, e.g. UKU members, sports teachers, fund-awarding bodies, WFDF, etc
  • The CEO/Administrator is also a director and Company Secretary


The administrative activities include:

  • Managing membership data and sending membership packs (e.g. membership cards)
  • Admin of Board meetings – i.e. dates and minutes
  • First line of response to players and public approaching UKU
  • Ensure tournament calendar is available and accurate
  • Maintenance of Insurance arrangements
  • Administer Board elections
  • Administration of UKU coaching courses – attendees, material, venue, etc.
  • Administration of Enhanced CRB checks: managing checks, member details, etc, maintaining list of checked people; and any other administrative activities that arise from running these CRB checks.


For the time being these roles are both filled by a single individual (Si Hill - see picture).  We have an expectation that as the organisation continues to grow we will be able to separate these roles.

Governing Documents and Reports

Governing Documents

* Memorandum and Articles of Association of UK Ultimate Ltd.

 

Annual Reports

* Annual Report 2012

* Annual Report 2011

* Annual Report 2010

* Annual Report 2009

 

AGM Minutes

* Sept 2016

* Sept 2015

* Sept 2014

* April 2013

* March 2012

* May 2011

 

Accounts

* Accounts YE 2015

* Accounts YE 2014

* Accounts YE 2013

* Accounts YE 2012

* Accounts YE 2011

* Accounts YE 2010

* Accounts YE 2009

* Accounts YE 2008

 

Other Documents

* Minutes of General Meeting Sat 9 November 2013

* Strategic Plan Summary 2013-16

* Spirit of the Game Policies

* Conduct and Complaints Policy

* Anti-Doping Policy document (also see online anti-doping pages)

* Equity Policy

* Expenses Policy and expense form

* Risk Management Assessment 2011

* Whistleblowing Policy

* Conflict of Interests Policy

 

 

 

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UKU Risk Management Assessment 2011.pdf412.51 KB
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201311 UKU General Meeting Nov 2013 - Minutes.pdf226.21 KB
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201409 UKU AGM Sept 2014 - Minutes.pdf220.36 KB
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201509 UKU AGM Sept 2015 - Minutes.pdf236.9 KB
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Conduct Committee Reports

 

Date Report Date Complaint By Complaint Against
Dec 2013 April 2014 Nick Brownbill James Bush

 

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Can you help please?

Ultimate relies a great deal on the kind support of many people around the country.  When it comes to being directly involved with the UKU people often seem to have the impression the only way to help is by being on the Board.  Actually this definitely isn't the case.  This page has been set up to try to provide a clear list of areas where we need help...  Often, the exact nature of what has to be done is open to be decided and can probably be adapted to suit your situation.

In general - and unless it says otherwise - please use the contact form, or email admin@ukultimate.com if you would like to discuss getting involved. 

And - well - thanks in advance!

 

 

Here is a list of areas where it would be fantastic to have more help at the moment.

- Artwork/Design - we are considering an update to the UKU logo/branding and also want to start planning for GB kit 2011-12.  We are also planning to be exhibiting/demonstrating ultimate at some large multi-sport exhibitions/shows in 2010 - it would be fantastic to have some support and expertise to help make sure ultimate looks the part.

- Accounting - Dom Hall, the current treasurer, is planning to resign later this year.  Thankfully - Wayne Davey has generously agreed to stand for the role (although I don't think he'd mind if someone else did it).  It would be really useful to have 2-3 other people with accounting/finance background that could help out with tasks from time to time so as to limit the impact on our volunteer Treasurer. 

- Getting Started resources and information - there is so much great know-how out there - it would be cool to pull some of it together and create a really clear starting point for new teams/players in the UK.

- GCSE Assessment criteria.  Following some work done by an individual that sent criteria for ultimate to an exam board, the exam board has contacted UK Ultimate to help finalise the criteria.  Relatively urgent help needed from some PE teachers that are familiar with ultimate to help refine and finish off please.  Its probably just a couple of hours for someone with experience of GCSE PE.

- GB Juniors.  There is no denying that this is a pretty demanding area.  Whilst our team for managing and coaching the squads in 2010 is in place we are always keen to hear from people that might be interested in getting involved now or in the future - and we know that some of the current team would like a break after 2010.  We're particularly keen to encourage players at the "experienced end" of their playing careers to get involved with this.

- Content for UKU website -> write a tournament report - or become part of a broader team to make sure the updates keep on coming...

 

Last updated 8 Feb 2010

 

NB - this is not an attempt to press-gang you into doing something.  We're really just trying to improve the levels of communication about what is going on and where/how you can get involved - if you would like to.

 

 

 

UKU Committees

The breadth of activities that are led by UK Ultimate means that of course there is far too much for the board members to handle on their own.  Consequently the Board delegates responsibility for specific areas to other committees who can then commit more time and energy to the details.

These committees tend to fall into one or more of the following areas:

Competitions

The role of the Competitions Committee is to manage the structure and rules for all UKU competitions.  The detailed implementation within some divisions (notably University) are delegated to the relevant sub-committee.

In early 2013, as part of an ongoing review of the governance structure of UK Ultimate, the Board updated the Terms of Reference for this committee.  Please review that document for full details. 

The Director of Competitions (Chris Aussie White), University Coordinator (Thomas Daly) and CEO (Si Hill) are standing members of the committee.  The following representative positions are to be elected by the members of UK Ultimate:

  • Beach (vacant)
  • Indoor (Matt Burton*)
  • Juniors (vacant)
  • Mixed (Oli Browne*)
  • Open (Dave Halls)
  • Women's (Lauren Bryant)

Matt has also been covering the Juniors role for a while.  Oli has taken on a role coordinating the masters division recently, and we will need to add a formal masters division representative soon.

The Director of Competitions appoints an additional 3-6 members of the committee to provide skills, experience or points of view that might otherwise be under-represented in the group.  Currently the appointed members are:

  • Benji Heywood (UKU Event Coordinator)
  • Chris Bamford (UKU Administrator, outgoing Uni Coordinator)
  • Felix Shardlow
  • Matt Harwood

 

Key tasks:

  • Agree and publish the UKU events calendar
  • Maintain and publish UKU Competition Rules
  • Agree and define competition formats for main UKU events
  • Deal with any questions relating to the rules, and provide rulings in unforeseen circumstances not covered by the written rules
  • Act as the first point of contact for complaints related to the competition aspects of ultimate in the UK
  • Review and update the competition structure as necessary
  • Ensure that UKU competitions and rules are structured in appropriate relationship to EUCS and WUCC competitions and rules
  • Work with international competition committees to ensure UKU input to these committees and to ensure visibility of the international programme to UKU

Members of the committee generally can expect a a few hours per month of email-based correspondence relating to UKU competitions.  There are of course peaks of activity around the major competitions.  The bulk of the work tends to be reviewing competition formats, and dealing with situations or issues that arise around competitions; but there is an ongoing background activity of ensuring that the competition structures are appropriate for the state of the sport in the UK now and in the future.

We are specifically looking for one member of the committee to take the lead for communicating about the committee's work.

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Scheduling

The role of the Scheduling Committee is to:

  • Deliver format and schedules for the main outdoor UKU events
  • Support TDs (esp. for UKU events) in producing the best possible formats/schedules for their competition
  • Provide a resource of tournament formats/schedules for members to use in their own tournaments

Team Members

This group was formed in March 2007.  The current members of the team (plus their club) are listed below:

Nicole Cozens (ISO)

Jaimie Cross (Clapham)

Ranulf Gibson (L.atitude)

Matt Harwood (Ltd Release)

Benji Heywood (Abstract)

Si Hill (Clapham)

Rich Hims (LeedsLeedsLeeds)

Benedict Marrable (Brighton)

Hannah Nistri (LeedsLeedsLeeds)

Felix Shardlow (Brighton)

Luke Tobiasiewicz (St Albans)

Women

The Women’s Committee main aims are to:

  • Act as communication group between women players and other areas of UKU – in particular the Board and Competition Committee.
  • Encourage and promote all aspects of women’s ultimate – in particular to support growth in the number of women players
  • Take responsibility for rules and competition structure questions that are specific to the Women division.
  • Maintain and update the content in the Women’s area of the UKU website.


The Women’s committee is run using an “approved volunteer” system.  The approval process is handled by the existing committee.

Look here for more information about the committee's goals and the current members.

GB Oversight Committee

The Board of Directors of UK Ultimate is responsible for setting objectives that will, among other things (such as keeping the organisation’s finances watertight) develop Ultimate in the UK. UK Ultimate has several sub-committees that have delegated authority for handling the majority of the work within their area of responsibility.  At the end of 2012, the Board agreed to set up a new committee to oversee the running of the GB teams. Initially this was comprised of Si Hill, Ali Smith and Barry O’Kane. In 2014, Georgie Davin (nee Winborn) has also moved onto the committee as one of the Board's representatives as Barry O'Kane recently resigned from the board.  The committee reports to the Board on a regular basis and seeks the Board’s advice and clarification where necessary.

The purpose of the GB Oversight Committee is several fold and includes the following, although this is not an exhaustive list:

  • to select team managers for each GB team and then work with them throughout their tenure to ensure the managers stay aligned with the objectives of UK Ultimate and the GB Ultimate Programme;
  • to make decisions that affect all GB squads so that they are handled in a fair and consistent (where appropriate) way across all the teams, and to take this load off the various team managers e.g. selecting national team uniform supplier;
  • to oversee the finances of the GB programme to ensure that costs are not excessive and again consistent and fair across all teams; although there may be differences between age group costs depending on location etc of the tournament;
  • to bring in other people on a temporary basis to consult with if their skills, knowledge or experience were required to help make a decision (eg around manager selection, financial advice, medical advice etc)
  • to set the foundations for the development a performance pathway that runs from juniors through to masters divisions that will assist with increasing the level of GB players and their performance at major Championships whilst ensuring that the UK Ultimate community continues to grow and develop at lower levels.

For more details see the Terms of Reference.

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Junior

The Junior Ultimate committee, led by the Junior Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Managing and coaching GB Junior squads
  • Administrating UKU Junior tournaments
  • Developing Youth Ultimate
  • Promoting the work of Youth Ultimate
  • Managing the finance and funraising of Youth Ultimate

The committee has set targets to be a world leader in Youth Ultimate. To achieve these targets we need dedicated volunteers across the UK, to contribute their time and effort towards the work of the Junior Committee.

The Junior Committee is currently recuiting for a number of positions.

If any of these roles look appealing to you, please read the job descriptions and
submit an email of interest (including who you are, your experience, and a brief about why you believe you could make a difference in that role) to: uk_jr_ultimate@yahoogroups.com

 

If you would like to support the committee but do not wish to apply for one of the positions above, please submit an email of interest (including who you are, your experience, and a brief explanation of what area you would like to help in) to: uk_jr_ultimate@yahoogroups.com

 

These roles are a great opportunity to be a change maker and really move Ultimate forward in the UK. They are also a great tool to fatten up someone’s C.V. There are countless stories about volunteers in Ultimate roles such as these who have ended up capturing the attention of employers, universities, etc! Its win-win.

University

The UKU University Coordinators Committee is responsible for University Ultimate.  The main tasks are:

  • Running the tournament allocation process for UKU University Championships: Regionals and Nationals, indoors and outdoors across open, women and mixed divisions
  • Providing advice/interpretation/adjudication on eligibility and roster questions
  • Supporting regional development of university ultimate

London Ultimate

Here you'll be able to find information about London Ultimate, a sub-section of UK Ultimate that is organised by players in London, for players in London.


As well as continuing to run and evolve the established London Summer and Winter Leagues, London Ultimate also aims to assist the UKU in further developing Ultimate in London.


Current initiatives include, but are not limited to:



  • establishing regular Corporate Ultimate tournaments;

  • establishing a regular Indoor League;

  • establishing regular Pick Up sessions;

  • establishing regular 'Complete Beginners' sessions;

  • becoming more involved in the development of Junior and Schools programmes;

  • increasing the profile of Ultimate.

Medical Team

We are fortunate to have the support of Dr Usamah Jannoun, our Chief Medical Advisor, and a group of physiotherapists and osteopaths that support UK Ultimate and in particular our Great Britain teams.

The team is led by Dr Jannoun, and also includes: Monica Franke, Clare Whittingham, Andy Kelly, Jo Vokes.


Dr Usamah Jannoun MD FFSEM (UK) DMS-Med DSportEx-Med was appointed to the voluntary role of Chief Medical Advisor for UK Ultimate in 2007.

Usamah has worked with sportsmen and recreational athletes for over 15 years in the UK and abroad (Switzerland, Germany, Bermuda) and brings with him a wealth of clinical experience. A keen sportsman himself, his interest lay in Sport and Exercise Medicine and his philosophy is to keep his patients active and fit. He works full-time as a Sport Physician in London amongst a team of leading UK physicians. He is a keen practitioner of many techniques, uses Ultrasound and MRI as diagnostic tools and traditional Orthopaedic and Osteopathic techniques of treatment as well as acupuncture and spinal pain relieving injections.

Usamah teaches and lectures both nationally and internationally to a wide audience in Musculoskeletal and Sport and Exercise Medicine. He is Clinical Tutor for BASEM, the Bath University Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine and to the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (BIMM) modular courses attended by mostly GPs and Sports Physicians. He is instructor to the national Peripheral Injection Road Show for physicians and has taught senior physiotherapists on the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (SOM) injection courses.

Usamah's mostly works with the GB teams at the moment. The plan is that gradually the team will be able to help us improve the medical/physio cover at UKU (and other) tournaments, and provide information for all UKU members.

Coach Educators

The role of the Coach Educator team is to:

  • Deliver UKU Coaching courses
  • Progress the extension and development of the UKU Coaching Scheme

Members of the Coach Educator team are appointed by invitation from the existing group on the basis of playing and coaching experience.

Team Members

Current team members are:

Si Hill

Jeff Jackson

Rob Mitchell

Simon Moore

Barry O'Kane

 

SOTG Committee

“The integrity of Ultimate depends on each player's responsibility to uphold the Spirit of the Game, and this responsibility should remain paramount."

Ultimate relies upon self officiating and the spirit of the game (SOTG). As ultimate grows in the UK we get the benefit of more teams, better players, stronger GB squads, more schools playing and more widespread recognition. We want to make sure that we also retain the SOTG that marks ultimate out a unique team sport.

UK Ultimate has set up this committee to help with the longer term protection and promotion of SOTG. There is a risk that as the sport grows there will be pressures to step away from our unique position. Comments such as 'we can't get into the Olympics without referees' or 'I train like a professional athlete so I don't want teams I play against getting away with cheating' could become more common.

The aim of the committee is not to get involved in one-off SOTG 'incidents' but rather to frame UKU's policies so that we can set up a structure that promotes SOTG and aims to improve it. For example we get invovled with the WFDF SOTG committee to try to make sure that the scoring system works and is used and we aim to encourage education to ensure that future generations of ultimate players also learn how to play in a spirited manner.

Some of the work coming up will be to push forwards policies to deal with teams and players that may have low SOTG scores and to create improved tools for recording scores. In the future we also want to produce more information explaining SOTG (e.g. videos, online advice) and carry out surveys of UK players' opinions of SOTG.

 


Current Committe Members:

Liam Kelly Chair 
Ben Heywood  
Amberish Jaipuria  WFDF Rep
Catherine Gale  
Neil Humpage  
Nick Roberts  
   
   
   
   

 

 

Temporary Committees

From time to time the board appoints a small group of people to deal with a specific question or issue.  

Most commonly this is done as a selection mechanism for coach, captain, and/or management positions for the GB teams.  In this case the usual approach is to delegate the task of considering applications to a small group of players or ex-players with significant experience of involvement with GB teams, but who have little or no personal involvement or interest in any of the applications.  The group then makes a recommendation to the Board.

 

Anti-Doping

All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. The use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping activity severely damages the legacy of sport and undermines the integrity of true athletes.

 

UK Ultimate is committed to ensuring that Ultimate is a drug free sport, and has Anti-Doping Rules that comply with the World Anti Doping Code (WADA), the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and the National Anti Doping Organisation, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).


Your Anti-Doping Rules

The following resolution was passed by the UKU Board in January 2013.

“The anti-doping rules of UK Ultimate are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of UK Ultimate.”

You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here.

 

What is anti-doping?

Anti-doping is integral to clean sport. As an athlete, it’s important you are clued up on the anti-doping rules so that you can continue to enjoy and achieve success in your sport. 

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is the national body responsible for protecting clean sport in the UK. UKAD ensures that sports bodies in the UK comply with the World Anti-Doping Code which governs clean sport.


100% me – supporting athletes to be clean

100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s prevention programme and is designed to help you throughout your sporting journey. 100% me supports, informs and educates athletes throughout their careers by providing anti-doping advice and guidance. Find out about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UK Anti-Doping website at www.100percentme.co.uk.

 

What is strict liability?

As an athlete, one of the most important things to be aware of is the principle of strict liability. This means that you are personally responsible for any banned substance found in your system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not you had an intention to cheat.

 

What are the anti-doping rules?

The World Anti-Doping Code outlines eight Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) which govern clean sport. Athletes – and athlete support personnel – may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed:

• Returning a positive test

• Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method

• Refusal or failure to provide a sample when requested

• Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the testing process

• Possession of a banned substance or method

• Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method

• Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to an athlete; or encouragement, aiding and/or covering up of any involvement in an ADRV

• Receiving of any combination of three filing failures and/or missed tests in a time period of 18 months (for athletes who are part of the National Registered Testing Pool).

 

The Prohibited List
All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined on the Prohibited List, which is updated at the beginning of every calendar year but may also be updated throughout the year. The latest Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website.

 

Key advice to staying clean

• Understand the importance of checking medications

Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or bought over the counter) you must check it for banned substances. Medications can be checked online at Global DRO. It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country.


• Know the risk with using nutritional supplements

You are strongly advised to be very cautious if you choose to take any supplement such as vitamin tablets, energy drinks, or sport-nutrition formulas. This is because there is no guarantee that any supplement is free from banned substances.
All athletes are advised to assess the need for the use of supplements in the first instance and to assess the risk before making a decision to use supplements. Visit the UK Anti-Doping website for further advice including information on the Informed Sport programme and case studies of athletes who have been caught out.

 

Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required

If you need to use a banned substance or method to treat a genuine medical condition, and there are no reasonable alternatives, you may have to apply for a TUE. You can find out more about whether you need a TUE and how to apply for one (including emergency TUEs) here.

 

• Understand what happens in a test (also known as Doping Control)

You should feel prepared when notified that you are to be tested by Doping Control. If you are selected for testing, you should take a representative with you so they can support you. You should know your rights and responsibilities, including what may happen if you are unable to provide a sample.

UK Anti-Doping recommends that you follow your normal hydration routines and that you follow the instructions given by the Doping Control Officer. You should be prepared to provide details of any substances you have taken – this needs to be written on the Doping Control form. This is your test and your sample, Find out more about testing and your rights and responsibilities in the Athlete Zone.

 

Know where to look for support and advice

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking your NGB, coaches and support personnel, you may also contact UK Anti-Doping directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance.

 

• Help keep sport clean

We all have a responsibility to report doping in sport and help keep it clean. A 24-hour dedicated phone line, hosted by Crimestoppers, is ready to take your call if you have any suspicions or concerns about incidences of doping in sport. You can provide information in complete confidence by calling 08000 32 23 32 or via a secure online form.  All information is passed securely to UK Anti-Doping’s intelligence unit for investigation.

 

Useful links and resources

UK Anti-Doping Advice Card
For essential anti-doping information, download or request your copy of the latest UK Anti-Doping Advice Card.


Check your medications on Global DRO

Remember to check all medications on Global DRO where you can search by ingredients or brand name.


Assess the risk of supplements on Informed Sport

You can find information on supplements and ways of reducing the risks on
Informed Sport.

 

Register with UK Anti-Doping
Visit UK Anti-Doping’s website and register to keep up to date with the latest news. Click here to register.


For more information from UK Anti-Doping:

If you’re an athlete click here www.100percentme.co.uk
If you’re a coach click here www.ukad.org.uk/coaches/
If you’re a support person click here www.ukad.org.uk/support-personnel/
If you’re a parent click here www.ukad.org.uk/parents/

 

Join us on Facebook
Keep up to date on Facebook with the latest 100% me news at www.facebook.com/100percentme.uk or UK Anti-Doping at www.facebook.com/ukantidoping.

 

Have your say on Twitter @UKAntiDoping

Follow us at www.twitter.com/ukantidoping


For further information please contact UK Anti-Doping at ukad@ukad.org.uk or +44 (0)207 842 3450.

Safeguarding Children and Young People

UK Ultimate, as the governing body of Ultimate in the UK recognises that is has a responsibility towards creating and maintaining a culture that protects children and young people from abuse, within and outside the Ultimate community. To this end, UK Ultimate has created a safeguarding policy which will help support clubs who have children and young people involved, playing Ultimate.

 

The policy is designed to act as a framework of action to support a culture of safeguarding. The UKU has created a "safeguarding pack" for clubs to download and read. We recommend that clubs adopt this as their safeguarding policy, although they are free to adopt their own if the club committee has appropriate expertise.  As a governing body, UK Ultimate wishes to encourage autonomy with all Ultimate clubs. It is understood that each club will have a different approach to how they are run and there is no desire to force a specific structure on club committees. However, when adopting the Safeguarding Policy a club is agreeing to adhere to those stated principles of best practice. This is because the welfare of the children and young people must remain paramount, and it is this principle that will define a culture of good and best practice.

  

The policy outlines "best practice" which defines a minimum standard for how a club and its members should handle having children and young people involved in Ultimate. However, safeguarding goes much further than just adopting the policy from the website. UK Ultimate understand that fulfilling the requirements and gaining the knowledge & training needed to be responsible for young people can seem like an insurmountable task to get started. As such, we have created a guidance document which explains the policy in accessible language and with understandable and achievable steps.

  

If you have any questions please contact UK Ultimate via email (admin@ukultimate.com)

 

We recommend that a committee member of a club who wants to take on the role of Safeguarding or Designated member/officer does  a 3 hour Safeguarding Children in Sport course. This can be done with the NSPCC online here:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/get-expert-training/child-protection-sport-online-course/ 

Or done in person with Sport Coach UK. Use their workshop finder to locate a course in your area. 

It is also required for those who are registering as a coach with UK Ultimate to attend one of these workshops, within three months of registration.

 

Sports Coach UK - Safeguarding & Protecting Children, course search



 

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Tournament Standards and Guidelines

 

If you are running an ultimate event with or for UK Ultimate please contact the Events Coordinator (benji.heywood[at]ukultimate.com) to receive a zip file with all the documents you will need, including insurance certificate, risk assessment templates, incident forms etc as well as an overview of what you will need to do to follow our procedures.

 

We can also sanction your events that are not part of our own event programme - for example beginner events, hat tournaments or summer leagues. The benefits of sanctioning, and the requirements it places on you, are described in the Sanctioning Guidelines. The main benefit of having your event sanctioned is that both the players and the organisers are covered by UKU's insurance; in return we require that everyone is a member and that some basic safety guidelines are followed. More information in the Sanctioning Guidelines, or contact us on benji.heywood[at]ukultimate.com

 

Bidding to run UKU events

Use the Bid Template document if you want to run a UKU event (primarily used for Tour or Nationals).

 

Many events are now centrally organised by the UKU, but please do get in touch if you hasve a venue that we don't know about, or if you are keen to help out in a particular area.

 

 

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