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Thank you - we did it - we reset the stall

Our Reset the Stall campaign finished yesterday, and we’re delighted to announce that after including a few donations that were sent by bank transfer we raised approximately £35,000 from 311 donations.  Thank you!  That is really incredible - and means we have essentially avoided the short-term financial damage due to so little Ultimate being possible in 2020.  Just for fun we put the supporter-comments through a word cloud (that gives greater prominence to words appearing with higher frequency) and here's the output.

There is of course a great deal more to do to make the most of whatever opportunities to play Ultimate lie ahead in 2021-22.  But for today, we just want to say THANKS!

Thank you for your support

Overnight we made it past the £30k stretch target on our Reset the Stall fundraiser.  What an incredible few weeks.  Thanks for all the wonderful help, generous donations and kind messages of support.  It will make a huge difference to how we can approach the coming year or so. 

The campaign has a few more days to go, and we are still able to receive donations.  There is no doubt that 2021 is going to be unusual to say the least.   If you are able to read the blog, share the links or make a donation, it will really help.  Thank you.

Return to Play Update - 9th October

As per previous announcements we confirm that we will move to Phase D of our Phased Return to Play from Monday 12th October.  Please note the additional important comments below about Indoors and government references to "contact sports"

There are some changes in the final version of Phase D Guidance compared to the draft that we published in August.

  • Clubs are required to go through a minimum of 3 sessions at Phase B or C prior to moving to Phase D.  This is in order that your players become accustomed to all the adjustments that are needed to minimise the risk of transmission, and to make sure your club systems and plans are working as expected.
  • We have included some guidance about Spirit Circles.  We encourage teams to continue this tradition, but of course all the players in the circle should be 2m from their neighbours.  It will be a big circle, but it will still work - at least while the maximum number of players is still 30.

Thank you Cartwright Homes

As we near the end of our Reset the Stall crowdfunder campaign we want to say a special thank you to our new team of corporate sponsors and partners, which we are very happy to announce, includes Cartwright Homes.

Cartwright Homes is a third-generation business, which has been building homes in the Nuneaton area for 50 years.  The family's business philosophy has been the same since the company's inception: to build individual homes of the highest quality, which represent value for money.  They’re also no strangers to high quality ultimate with three members of the family playing in multiple GB teams over the last 10 years.

Thank you Cartwright Homes!

Greatest Bag free shipping Sunday 11 Oct

Greatest Bag are offering free shipping to the UK on orders made on SUNDAY 11th OCTOBER.  Use the UKU discount code UKU10 and receive a 10% discount.  Check out more details about our partnership with Greatest Bag here.

Thank you Airbounce

As we near the end of our Reset the Stall crowdfunder campaign we want to say a special thank you to our new corporate sponsors and partners.  We’re very pleased to announce our partnership with Airbounce.

Founder, Nick Smith first fell in love with Ultimate at the University of Leeds, and went on to throw the winning goal for GB Open at the 2003 European Championships before deciding to hang up his boots.  “I believe passionately in the power of sport and education to change people's lives.  Through AirBounce, I work with organisations and individuals who agree and want to do something great.”  Nick is a current UKU board member, and thoroughly enjoys still being so involved with the sport.

Thank you Airbounce!

Thank you Meglio

As we near the end of our Reset the Stall crowdfunder campaign we want to say a special thank you to our new corporate sponsors and partners, and we’re delighted to announce that Meglio has joined the team.  

“At Meglio, we stock an extensive range of premium products including, resistance bands, kinesiology tape and acupuncture needles; crafted by physiotherapists, for physiotherapists.”

Thank you Meglio!

Thank you Flik

As we near the end of our Reset the Stall crowdfunder campaign we want to say a special thank you to our new corporate sponsors and partners, and we’re delighted to announce that Flik is one of our new GB Team Sponsors.

“Flik is a global community of coaches, bringing you world class materials to help you be the best player and coach you can be. We help people to train better, and play better.  Over the years, many of our coaches have benefited from the ultimate scene in the UK and the tireless efforts of UK Ultimate to constantly improve standards & accessibility to the sport we love.  After working on several coaching projects together, it was a natural choice for Flik to support the recent UK Ultimate fundraising effort.  We wish to see the entire worldwide ultimate community back safely playing as soon as possible, and we recognise the hard work that governing bodies are doing to keep us safe during the pandemic.  Our thanks again to everyone at UK Ultimate for their dedication, and we look forward to seeing you all back on the field soon."

Thank you Flik!