GB Senior team appointments

UK Ultimate is pleased to announce the following bids have been successful to run the senior squads for the EUF European Ultimate Championships 2015 and the WFDF World Ultimate & Guts Championships 2016:

Open: Justin Foord, Marc Guilbert
Women’s: Jenna Thompson
Mixed: Rich Hims, Niamh Delaney, Magali Matsumiya, Steve Kolthammer, Sam Vile
Open Masters: Dave Grayson, Rob McGowan
Women’s Masters: Claerwen Snell, KJ Boardman-Hims

The GB Oversight Committee can foresee some concern amongst UKU members that the Open, Women's and Mixed bids may appear to be quite London-centric and/or closely linked to a club.  These concerns have been reviewed in detail during the application process.  We cannot emphasise enough that we require the managers to run truly Great Britain teams that are absolutely not just an extension of club teams. Players from across the country are encouraged to attend trials.  The committee will be remaining involved with all team managers in all divisions throughout the 2015/2016 campaign to ensure that there is no deviation from this premise.

The committee did not make these decisions lightly: they were deemed the best bids that met the appropriate balance of performing to the highest level at competition time while also developing the elite Ultimate scene to ensure future national teams and UK clubs continue to thrive and compete for medals of all colours for many years to come, both at European and World level.

UK Ultimate is looking forward to invitations to trials coming out soon along with more information from what you can expect from the team managers. Good luck to all involved!