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Return to Play Update - 11 Sept

There are quite a number of headlines in this update, but it seemed like a good moment to pull these things together in a single announcement.  Please read all of it.  We think there is information here for everyone.

  • University competitions
  • Return to play timetable
  • Indoors
  • Covid Officer googlegroup forum
  • Ideas for training sessions
  • Thanks to UKU Medical adviser


Dr Kenny Duffy appointed UKU medical adviser

Dr Kenny Duffy at WFDF WJUC 2018We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Dr Kenny Duffy as UK Ultimate medical adviser.  This is a voluntary role.  Kenny has been working with UKU, and especially the GB squads for several years.  He is actively supporting our response to Covid-19, and in the last year delivered a coach forum on FIFA 11+, and helped us to complete and publish UKU Pregnancy Guidance and Concussion Information.


Dr Kenneth Duffy MBCHB BSc Hons MCSP MRCGP

Kenny qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, went on to study medicine at University of Dundee, and completed his GP training in 2020. He initially worked within the NHS and private sectors as well as sports settings. He gained experience working with Scottish and British gymnastics and the Scottish football association working with junior national teams. 

Scotland-specific return-to-play guidance

We have been in communication with sportscotland to confirm sign-off on our club guidance in Scotland.  Please see UKU Club Guidance Appendix - Scotland for details, which is additional to our existing UKU Club Guidance Phase B.  In particular this provides the necessary confirmation that Ultimate clubs in Scotland can now train in groups of up to maximum 30 people, provided, of course, that they are following all the appropriate measures.  The document has been added to the main guidance page.  As of today, 4th September we are still in Phase B.

Return to play club training feedback survey

We are gathering feedback from clubs regarding their experiences and views on returning to training to help inform our decisions on next steps.  Clubs who have trained since 17th August are expected and required to complete the form.  We would very much like to hear from other clubs and groups too.  The deadline for completing the form is the end of Wednesday 9th September.  Thanks.

Thanks to your support we hit our first target

It’s been an amazing week or so since we started the campaign.  I am absolutely delighted to announce that we have reached our initial target thanks to your overwhelming support.  Thank you to everyone who has got involved.  

Our goal has always been to reset our financial position to where it was at the start of 2020.  We are currently forecasting a loss of approximately £30k.  We set our initial fundraising target at £20k, but to achieve our goal we need to keep going.  

It has been incredible to see the UK Ultimate community of players, ex-players and family-members rally in this way. We are also very grateful for all the messages of thanks and encouragement - they go a long way....  If you are able to read the blog, share the links or make a donation, it will really help.  Thank you.

Blog update and Reset the stall campaign

Following up on the return-to-play plans, we have now updated the UKU blog to share our view of UK Ultimate’s situation as we look forward.  Given our concerns, we launched a crowdfunding campaign, Reset the stall, which went live on 20th August.  We hope you find the information interesting and useful, and if you’re able to support the crowdfunder, that would be fantastic, thank you.

Update 28th Aug.  It has been a really incredible week, and we are closing in our initial target.  The support for the campaign and kind messages of thanks and encouragement have been really overwhelming.  Thank you.   

New UKU logo


Introducing the new UK Ultimate logo.

We actually completed this work a little while ago and originally planned to release it alongside a new website, and some other updates.  In the circumstances we recently decided to simplify the plan, and start the process of switching to the new logo now.  We hope you like it.  Realistically you’re going to see both this and the old one in use for a while.  Please bear with us.

We would like to thank Jon Schofield and Onthree for their help, expertise and patience.

Return to Play Update - 12th Aug

Further to our earlier announcements regarding Return to Play we are now able to release the following guidance update.  


We will move to Phase B of our Phased Return to Play on Monday 17th Aug, applicable UK-wide other than regions subject to “local lockdown” conditions.  REGIONS SUBJECT TO EXCEPTIONAL LOCAL LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS STAY IN PHASE A.  THIS APPLIES BOTH TO THE ACTIVITY LOCATION AND INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS.