Seeking volunteers for Women's Committee

UK Ultimate has been reviewing the role and functioning of its various sub-committees.  In recent years the women’s committee has been formed of largely high level players and had a lack of focus and direction.  We want to create a committee more representative of the women playing Ultimate in the UK at the moment and align it’s goals with the organisation's priorities.

The positions on the new committee were discussed at the recent UKU development conference, as was some initial project ideas for the new members to get involved in.

The new committee will have 4 standing members:
UK Ultimate CEO (Si Hill)
One volunteer Board member (currently Georgie Winborn)
Women’s University Co-ordinator (currently Elly White)
Women’s representative from the competitions committee (currently Lauren Bryant)

The available positions are as follows:

  • Youth Ultimate representative - ideal for someone currently involved in youth Ultimate and pas-sionate about developing this area for girls currently playing and this who have not discovered Ultimate
  • Development representatives  (2 positions) - this role is for people passionate about improving the access and opportunities for female Ultimate players in the UK
  • Mixed/Open representative - this role is to represent the views of women playing mixed and in the open division. Mixed and Open provide huge opportunities for women players to develop skills and play more closer to home more often.
  • GB programme representative - this role is for someone who has experience of playing with GB (in any division, preferably at senior level) and is who likely to be involved in the next few years.  Increasing the number of women playing Ultimate at all levels is the key to strengthening elite level teams in the future.
  • Women’s communications officer - one of the limits on UK Ultimate progress at present is having effective communication from the UKU out and from players into the organisation. The person right for this role will be highly social media savvy.

These positions are a loose guide only. All members of the committee will be expected to get involved with the various projects that will support UK Ultimate’s objectives.

What sort of people do we want?

We want people with vision, initiative/innovation, passion and lateral thinking to come forward for the committee. Ultimate-skill level is irrelevant. It would ideal if you can bring transferable skills along from work/uni e.g. data analysis skills. 

Examples of the initial projects that the committee will start with effect are:

  1. Creating a series of women’s events on the Sunday after Uni women’s outdoor regionals (1st March 2015)
  2. Creating more competition opportunities for women across the country.
  3. Reviewing whether women’s Tour is fit for purpose
  4. Engaging final year Uni players and assisting them to continue playing and integrating into re-gional playing opportunities
  5. Developing a level 2 coaching module on the specifics of coaching women and girls

If you are interested in the above roles and projects and ideally have more ideas of your own for developing women’s Ultimate in the UK then please email details of your interest and why people should vote for you to be on this new and exciting committee to by end of December 2014.  Elections will follow in Jan 2015.