UKU Member Update Jan 2014

In this update:

1. U17 & U14 Indoor Nationals

2. GB Juniors update and trials

3. New UKU staff members

4. WFDF news

5. Club Affiliation reminder

6. Matalan Sporting Promise - Community Clubs news

7. WFDF Rules accreditation

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1. U17 & U14 Indoor Nationals

Congratulations to Airbadgers-1 (St Peters, Exeter) and Flux-1 (Twycross House School, Warwickshire) for winning the U17 and U14 Indoor National championships respectively.  In a competition that gets stronger each year it was great to see Hydras (Parrswood, Manchester) back at a tournament after getting their first taste at the Schools National Championships in July.

Teams worked hard to play with great Spirit throughout, and congratulations to the spirit-winners Flux-C and Airbadgers-6 in the U14 & U17 respectively - full results here.

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2. GB Juniors update and trials

Staying with Junior ultimate - the European Ultimate Federation has announced that European Youth Ultimate Championships 2014 for the U-17 divisions will take place alongside the WFDF World Junior Ultimate Championships 2014, to be held in Lecco, Italy, 20-26 July 2014.  The 4 GB Junior Squads will be holding trials in February and March.  Each squad has specific trial details so please see below for dates:
•         GB U20 Boys: 15th & 16th February and 8th & 9th March both at Warwick
•         GB U20 Girls: 8th & 9th March at Warwick
•         GB U17 Girls and Boys: 9th March at Warwick
To be eligible for the U20 squads you must be born in 1995 or later. To be eligible for the U17 squads you must be born in 1998 or later.

To register for any of the above trials please complete our online GB Junior online form. Then, nearer the first trial date, you will be sent an email with full details for the specific trials you will be attending.

Please note the deadline for completing the form as been extended a few more days into February - but please do it soon.

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3. New UKU staff members

With Ultimate's ongoing growth in this country we recently extended our team to include two new part-time positions.  Benji Heywood started during January as Events Coordinator, and Laura Atkins started in late November as our Book-keeper.  We hired Laura for her accounting skills, but some UKU members may remember that not so long ago Laura (Pearce) was a GB Women's captain, as well as being the Chair and Treasurer of UK Ultimate at various times over recent years.  So she knows what she is getting herself into!

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4. WFDF news

News from the World Flying Disc Federation of particular relevance to all our members that attend WFDF events.

- WFDF appoints Karina Woldt as its first Event Manager

- WFDF introduces “Real Winner” online educational tool

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5. Club Affiliation reminder

Club Affiliation sounds boring.  It is boring.  But it is important. 

More clubs are signing up for affiliation now - thanks to those that have done it; and to those that are working on it.   

UK Ultimate needs create a more formal relationship with Ultimate clubs around the country.  In particular we need to be able to give guidance to new players - and especially the parents of new players - about which clubs are set up to take new players, and which of them are appropriately organised to accept members that are under-18.

You may be surprised to learn that if we are approached directly by someone that wants to find a club in their area, we often cannot help.  Team training and contact details on our website go out of date, and we generally have to assume that most clubs cannot accept youth players.  We need the affiliation process to help make sure club contact and other information stays up to date.

The affiliation also provides your club committee with liability insurance cover.  That sounds boring too.  But it is important.

UKU Club Affiliation scheme information

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6. Matalan Sporting Promise - Community Clubs news

As part of the Matalan Sporting Promise Community Clubs scheme. The new club "Stoked" were able to host two development beginner-friendly sessions in Stoke-on-Trent in January.  One of these was a taster session alongside Indoor Regionals. The second was a skills clinic for beginners and experienced players.  Stoked & UK Ultimate teamed up with Liam Kelly running the clinic that was free to attend thanks to the support of the Matalan Sporting Promise Community Clubs project.  Read more about the day....

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7. WFDF Rules accreditation

 Did you know that in 2013 WFDF released a rules accreditation process?  There are two levels: standard and advanced.  At WFDF events teams have to have a certain number of players at each level, and those numbers look likely to increase.  UKU recommends trying out the tests - they are open book and really do get you thinking about and reviewing the rules.  The better we all know and understand the rules - the easier it is to just get on with playing Ultimate.

Even if you don't want to take the test - please do check out the dedicated WFDF rules pages - there are some great resources there.