UKU Member Update
Further update 17th Feb:
Announcing GB Junior Women's Trials, Saturday 22nd April in Telford (see UKU Events page here for more details and how to sign up).
Calling all women aged 13-19 who want to be involved in the GB Junior Women's Squad 2017/18 working towards Canada 2018. All skill levels encouraged to attend!
We would like to provide an update on the current plans for UKU Regionals and Nationals. We have a classic mix of exciting news alongside some ongoing challenges...
We have been working on moving Nationals into a new stadium venue with Worcester Warriors (picture). This venue has the unusual combination of a stadium and sufficient fields on site to accommodate the event. Please note that we have not yet fully finalised the agreement, but wanted to make members aware of the plan. Alongside this change we will be extending the event to include play on bank holiday Monday for most of the teams, and adding an annual dinner/party in the stadium on the Sunday night for players and spectators. We plan to maintain the player fees at the same level as Nationals 2016.
Every year, the GB Junior coaching and management team meet to review progress and plan the next cycle. This year we spent a significant amount of time discussing the challenges we face supporting the two women’s teams. The recurring fundamental problem is that not enough players are trying out for the teams. So we have decided to make some changes that we hope will increase and improve the opportunities for young women wanting to play competitive ultimate.
In addition to the usual European Ultimate Championships Series (EUCS) in the Open, Women and Mixed divisions, 2017-18 will also see three additional international club competitions: World Clubs, a European master division event, and a World master division event.
UK Ultimate is delighted to confirm that the organisation has been awarded formal recognition as the UK National Governing Body (NGB) for Ultimate by the home country sports councils: Sport England, sportNI, sportScotland and Sport Wales. Ultimate was officially recognised in the UK as a sporting activity in 2008. However, in some parts of the UK, not having a formally recognised NGB can be barrier to entry for clubs or local organisations wishing to enter into discussions about access to facilities and/or funding.
Following a lengthy application process we received official confirmation of the recognition decision this week. It is a notable milestone in the development of the sport in the UK, although it should be noted that recognition does not carry with it any guarantee of funding or additional support. Please contact us if you have specific queries relating to this exciting news.
UK Ultimate thanks Hyperion Insurance Group as team sponsor of the GB Men at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London. The partnership brought much-needed financial support to the team ahead of the largest WUGC to date.
The sponsorship enabled the GB Men’s squad to make use of first-class pitches for training, a squad physio for all tournaments and training, strength and conditioning coaching and nutritional supplements, as well as subsidising a number of player’s travel requirements. The sponsorship also supported the provision of branded kit and training gear, which the players were wearing throughout the tournament.
You may have noticed Ultimate appears on the #ThisGirlCan website.
This a very exciting opportunity to promote the sport and recruit new members across the country.
UKU now has a #ThisGirlCan page which is dedicated to teams that welcome beginners and specifically women. Please take a look at the page and if you feel your team should be up there, and isn't, please drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org