There are 5 regional GB-Junior skills days coming up this month (October 2011). These are a great chance to help improve players' skills and gain access to the experience of the GB coaches. All players of any experience are welcome. These will also allow more players to be considered for selection for the GB squad for Worlds in 2012.
8th October - Guildford, 9th October - Bristol, 15th October - Leeds (Boston Spa), 29th October - Midlands (Sutton Coldfield)
Iceni Ultimate (pictured) finished a clean-sweep season in style by taking the European Ultimate Club Finals (EUCF) in Bruges, 30 Sept-2 Oct 2011. Iceni re-claimed the title they won in 2009, and led a strong UK challenge at the annual European Ultimate Club Series.
In the Open division, Clapham lost a thrilling final in sudden death to Flying Angels Bern, but took some consolation in being awarded Spirit of the Game.
Great Britain Ultimate sent teams to all six divisions of the World Championships Beach Ultimate 2011, held in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy 22nd to 27th August 2011.
GB Mixed Masters stole the show after over-turning first-round defeats against Germany and USA to grab the World title. The team also won the coveted Spirit of the Game award for their division. Mixed-Masters final report by Tony Leonardo.
The Women's team narrowly missed out in their semi-final after a sudden death loss to Canada, but re-grouped to claim the bronze medal.
The Week GB are taking to the beaches in six different divisions to competition to be World Champions of Beach Ultimate. These divisions are Open, Mixed, Womens, Masters, Mixed Masters and Grand Masters. between Aug 21 & Aug 28; 73 teams and 1,100+ athletes from 30 countries and 5 continents will compete on the idyllic beaches of Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) to be Champions.
Beach Ultimate is similar to grass Ultimate, but played on the beach. The pitch is a different size and there is a different [less] number of players. It could also be considered to have a different atmosphere. To find out more about the beach game by clicking here.
The WCBU2011 will be the biggest ever Beach Ultimate World Championships, plus the biggest online and social media event in the history of Ultimate! 14 games will be broadcast LIVE. There will be behind-the-scenes videos, live scoring of all the games, incorporating Blogs, Facebook, Twitter feeds, YouTube channels, shared photos and videos for mash-ups.
Here are some links that will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more:
http://www.wcbu2011.org/ (tournament website)
http://www.blockstack.tv/ (Block Stack TV)
http://twitter.com/#!/WCBU2011 (WCBU Twitter Account)
http://twitter.com/#!/tomstyles (Tom "the voice" Styles)
Clapham and Iceni both completed another victory of the UK Ultimate Nationals, as 11th and 6th time champions, respectively. This is also the beginning of a new decade of [consecutive] wins for Clapham Ultimate.
UK Ultimate Nationals was once again run at the fantastic Wide Lane Sports Grounds in Southampton. The Nationals team again organised live internet coverage of key games, including both the men’s and women’s finals. Visit the tournament website for details of what happened over this exciting weekend!
There have been ultimate teams and championships in the UK since the 1970s, but 2011 sees the second edition of a new showcase for the sport. The explosion in the number of competitive clubs in recent years means that teams had to win a place at Nationals by competing in regional qualifying events. The 16 open teams who will compete in Southampton include the likes of 2009 European Champions, Manchester's Chevron, and the reigning UK champions, Clapham. The south London team will be gunning for their 11th title in a row! Among the other clubs include teams from Brighton, Newcastle, Cardiff, Scotland and the host city, Southampton.
In the women's division it is another London team who have dominated in recent years, but last year Leeds finally beat Iceni to snap their 5-year streak and take their first Nationals title.
Great Britain Ultimate continues the summer campaign this week with the European Youth Ultimate Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. August 8th - 13th.