Message of thanks to our partners

We’re extremely grateful to all of our event partners who have been so supportive throughout the last few weeks and we wanted to send a quick shout-out to to some of them below.  Our venues, our medical support teams and VC Lookfly were all very directly affected when we had to cancel our events.  We also wanted to pass on messages we received from Tokay and the Youth Sport Trust.

 

All of the venues we work with have been fantastic!  Please say an extra thanks to any and all the venue staff next time you’re at an ultimate tournament.

 

We want to thank all of the staff at Ambulance Response Services Ltd who cover so many of our events.  As always, they were fantastic to work with while we figured out the cancellation situation; and of course they are all now working incredibly hard to provide support and care where it is needed during these difficult times.

 

We work closely with VC Lookfly every year.  You may have seen this message from Adriana a few weeks - but if not, I think it’s worth a quick read.  If you didn’t already know, you can purchase VC Lookfly gear that was produced for Uni Nationals and Windfarm.  Please take a look.

 

Tokay attended some UKU events last year, and you may have seen them at other events around Europe in the last couple of years.  They contacted us and asked us to pass on this message:

It's not because we're stuck at home that we can't think of  the time we can go out again, throw discs and high five! (Do you remember the high five?: D). For a return to the fields in the best conditions with your team, visit this page and discover the offers that TOKAY offers for clubs.

The world of Ultimate has been hit hard by this crisis. Not only our trainings and the work of volunteers organizing the tournaments, but also the brands.

Just like local businesses, that participate to the life of your territory, at the end of the quarantine - if you have that possibility - please support Ultimate brands by buying from them rather than from the big retailers, which will allow us to better make it through the crisis and continue participating in the life of our community. 

See you soon on the field, meanwhile stay well at home!

 

And finally - we wanted to share this message from the Youth Sport Trust who have been helping us to grow ultimate in schools across England over the last few years.  They do fantastic work to promote the importance of sport and PE in schools.

 

We at the Youth Sport Trust hope that you,  your families and loved ones are safe and well in these very difficult days.   We continue to be so grateful for your support of our mission and we are working hard to protect the charity’s future in the hope we can return to ‘normal’ operations just as soon as possible. 

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities leading to an estimated loss of £4 billion for the sector. Charities, like ours, depend on income from fundraising events but thousands have had to be cancelled or postponed, including a number of our own fundraising events. For many charities, 26 April would have been the biggest fundraising day of the year thanks to the London Marathon (which should have been celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year): it raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.  The Youth Sport Trust is one of those beneficiaries and The Marathon is a significant element of our annual fundraising calendar.

In an attempt to fill this void, and do something which will lift the spirits of the nation, the UK’s mass participation sports event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities. The 2.6 Challenge invites the public to dream up, and complete an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and then fundraise or donate to their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities.  The Youth Sport Trust has registered with the fundraising platforms associated with this event and will be one of the charities to benefit.   

The official 2.6 Challenge website is live at www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk and this will be accompanied by a significant public awareness campaign running up to the 26th April.  There is  also incredible support building for this campaign including from UK government, Sport England, BBC, Institute of Fundraising, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving and a whole host of businesses, celebrities and high profile individuals.  The 2.6 Challenge will feature as part of the BBC’s Big Night In on 23rd April.   

All money raised will go directly to the charities, and those taking part will need to donate/fundraise via Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving and select Youth Sport Trust as their chosen charity.

How can you help?

There are a number of ways you could help us:

Chose to take part in the 2.6 Challenge and donate to the Youth Sport Trust

Promote the 2.6 Challenge to your staff and networks and signpost the Youth Sport Trust as a worthwhile charity to support.

Use @YouthSportTrust  in any social media to help promote the fact that the Youth Sport Trust is a charity beneficiary of the 2.6 Challenge.