University Outdoor Dates & Venues 2018-19

Following discussions with the University Committee, we can now confirm the dates and venues for University Women’s Outdoor Regionals (UWOR), University Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Nationals (UMWON), and University Mixed Outdoor Nationals (UXON). 

 

UWOR will be on 2nd/3rd March at 4 regional locations*.

West - University of Bath

Scotland - University of St Andrews

East - University of East Anglia

North - University of Leicester

 

Entries will be open from Tuesday 15th January until Thursday 31st January 2019. You must enter this event through your AU as it is a BUCS competition. We may also run University Open Warm-Up events alongside the Women’s events but this depends on the number of entries received in those divisions. More details will be provided closer to the time.

 

*A couple of these venues are still waiting on final confirmation so please wait until the details are fully confirmed before making concrete plans. However we are fairly certain that the tournaments will be held in these locations.

 

UXON will be held at the University of St Andrews on 16th/17th March 2019. 

 

Entries will be open from 11th December 2018 and will close on January 10th 2019, via the new UKU website. The early deadline should enable teams to confirm their transport and accommodation plans well in advance to avoid higher costs where possible. 

 

We will, however, also be holding a smaller, limited, “Division 2” event on the same weekend in the far South of the UK to enable teams who are unable to travel to Scotland to still compete in a mixed outdoor competition. It will be at the discretion of teams to decide whether they want to compete at the main Nationals event or whether they find the smaller, “Division 2” event to be more suitable for them. We want to be very clear that Nationals is in St Andrews, and we do encourage all teams to make the journey - particularly given that the event was unfortunately snowed off last year! Please note that the capacity for teams at the smaller event will be limited and, if oversubscribed, teams will be awarded a spot based on their proximity to the southern venue combined with the distance from St Andrews.

 

UMWON will be at the Riverside Sports Complex in Nottingham on 13th/14th April 2019. 

 

Unfortunately, the way that the University holidays, Easter weekend and exams all come together this year has made it particularly difficult to find the “ideal” date to hold this event on. As such, we have made the decision to go with the 13th/14th April taking into account the following:

  • The Nottingham venue is only available from the 13th/14th April onwards, meaning that we are unable to use the venue on the earlier “preferred” dates of 6th/7th April and 30th/31st March.
  • Easter falls on 20th/21st April this year. Generally we aim to avoid public holidays as this can make it particularly difficult for all teams to attend.
  • Later dates are known to be particularly bad for the Scottish universities, with at least 5 or 6 universities having exam periods that overlap or start on 27th/28th April this year, which makes attending the event especially difficult or impossible for them if held on that weekend. 
  • Holiday periods vary quite widely this year - even across England - with some university holidays starting in March, and others starting on the 13th/14th April, or even as late as Easter weekend. 
  • The feedback collected from the University President Facebook groups concluded that all teams competing at the same venue (Nottingham) on 13th/14th April was preferable to splitting up the competition across several venues on one of the earlier “preferred” dates (as above).
    We will investigate splitting up the divisions at this competition in future as part of the review process with BUCS, but for 2019 at least, we felt it was best to keep everyone together as expected.


Taking the above points into account, combined with the fact that the Scottish universities have particularly suffered with the event being held on one of the later dates in the last few years, hopefully it is clear why we are going to go ahead with this date in 2019. Whilst we understand that this may not be the easiest date for some, we hope that the large amount of notice will enable teams to put the event in their calendar early so that plans can start to be made now.

 

To clarify, entries for the Men’s competitions are combined with the entry into the BUCS league, so if you do not think you will be able to attend the Nationals competition then we recommend that you speak to your AU as soon as possible. For the Women’s events, entries via your AU will be open after UWOR on Tuesday 5th March and will close on Thursday 21st March 2019. Only teams that have qualified will be eligible to enter. 

 

The Alumni Cup will not be held in 2019, however we may look to reintroduce the event in a different format in the future.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email events@ukultimate.com. We look forward to receiving your entries!