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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.

Fundraising to support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee projects

We wanted to update members about progress following the forum that was hosted in June.

 

The first point to acknowledge is confirmation from those at the forum that people of colour do experience racist attitudes in and around our sport.  This must change.  There was also discussion about barriers to participation.  There were a number of themes but the overarching issues are the lack of accessibility and representation in Ultimate.  In order to tackle these issues, the most immediate action arising from the forum is that we will be setting up a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee during August to help inform and lead on changes and projects. 

 

 Alongside this step, as part of the UK & Ireland BLM fundraiser, we were asked if teams could donate to UKU to support improvement of diversity in ultimate in this country.  With that in mind, we have set up this donations fund to provide the DEI committee with a budget for some initial projects.  

Challenge League Backup Planning

At this point, there is little sign of competitive Ultimate in the current outdoor season for most players.  At the risk of raising false hope... (please do not misinterpret this message - read the whole thing).

 

As per the Outline of Phased Return to Play published in June, we consider it likely that competitive play between just two teams may be permitted before it is possible to play tournaments (Phase D).  With this in mind, we have produced a draft set of rules for a competition structure we are provisionally calling “UKU Challenge League” and would like to gather some preliminary data on how many clubs might get involved.  The aim is *IF POSSIBLE* to create competition where teams can organise fixtures against one opponent at a time, scoring points on a ranking table of all the teams that enter.  The onus will be on participation rather than strict competition.

Lookfly team discounts and UKU referral deal

 Last month we described UK Ultimate's position in the current Covid-19 situation and shared information on how you might be able to help financially or otherwise.  Another way that you, as a player or a team organiser, can help UKU is to support the companies that help us and the sport: our suppliers and partners.  Lookfly have supported and supplied the GB National Team since 2017 and our relationship goes back even further, to the early 2000s. One of the outcomes of less ultimate being played is they're also experiencing tough times.


And so, for the first time, we're asking you to consider them if your team is looking for new kit. You can start a conversation with them by clicking HERE.  Your team will receive a 15% discount on your order from Lookfly and the UKU will receive a small referral fee for every order started through this form - everybody wins! Design assistance is free and they have staff ready to get your team gear to you by September, they even have a recycled fabric option that's made from post-consumer plastic bottles!

Social distance friendly KS2 School Games set up

Thanks in particular to Mark Bignal, Jenna Thomson and Mariana Larroque for their work to create a set of primary school resources to help people keep playing frisbee at school.  Please download these instructions and scoresheet to find information on how to set up the Frisbee stations as well as links to the Youtube Videos.

These activities are suitable for KS2 (primary school). They come with a scoresheet enabling you to:

  • Compete at a Lvl 2 by handing in your scores to your local SGO.
  • Compete at Lvl 1 in school using your house system or selected teams.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.  Do not accept racism.

UK Ultimate recognises as an organisation, and on behalf of the ultimate community in this country, that 

  • People have experienced, and do experience racism and discrimination in our sport;
  • We fall short of providing a universally welcoming and diverse home for anyone that wants to join in;
  • We can do better.

Disc Golf for ultimate players

With ongoing restrictions preventing us from playing ultimate, the British Disc Golf Association (BDGA) have kindly produced an Ultimate-Edition version of their newsletter for us to share.

James Burbidge, long-time ultimate player and coach also shared his experience below.