UK Ultimate membership explained

UK Ultimate (UKU) is a membership organisation. It is effectively owned by its members who consequently are then able to have a say in how the organisation and the sport is run (more information). UKU is the recognised National Governing Body for ultimate, but receives no central or external funding from the UK Sports Councils and needs to be self-sustaining financially.  

Membership income is used to support the general administrative and running costs for the organisation - this includes some direct per-member costs (insurance and our membership of the World Flying Disc Federation).  The other running costs are primarily staff salaries but also include volunteer expenses (e.g. travel to meetings), professional fees (accounting, legal), and general office costs.  

UKU membership provides members with access to UKU competitions. There is a full events calendar in the UK with competition taking place all year round in club, university and junior divisions on grass, indoors and beach. For many of those competitions the Mixed division is organised at a different time to the Women’s and Open divisions allowing players the chance to compete in both. All members receive liability insurance cover and full members also receive personal accident insurance.

There are two levels of membership: Full and Basic. A player needs to have a particular level of membership in order to be eligible for certain UK Ultimate events.

In particular you need to have Full Membership to be able to play at UKU Tour events and all National finals except junior/schools (full details here). If you will be playing in a team that is entering these tournaments then you will need Full Membership. Don't forget that students and U18 players get a discount by purchasing Uni/U18 Full Membership.

Some players only want to play in the major events from time to time and so prefer to buy One-Off Event Eligibility for these events when they occur, rather than committing to the full year up-front. If you only play one event per year, this is cheaper, but otherwise it probably makes sense to purchase the annual membership.

It is a requirement of the organisation's insurance that UK-resident players at UKU events are members of the organisation. We recognise that in some situations the cost of Full Membership would be prohibitive, so we introduced a very low cost alternative - Basic Membership that provides eligibility for a subset of our events.

For a detailed breakdown of which level of membership is required for any given UKU event, including BUCS competitions, see here.
You can purchase membership here.