UKU Member Update
In addition to the usual European Ultimate Championships Series (EUCS) in the Open, Women and Mixed divisions, 2017-18 will also see three additional international club competitions: World Clubs, a European master division event, and a World master division event.
UK Ultimate is delighted to confirm that the organisation has been awarded formal recognition as the UK National Governing Body (NGB) for Ultimate by the home country sports councils: Sport England, sportNI, sportScotland and Sport Wales. Ultimate was officially recognised in the UK as a sporting activity in 2008. However, in some parts of the UK, not having a formally recognised NGB can be barrier to entry for clubs or local organisations wishing to enter into discussions about access to facilities and/or funding.
Following a lengthy application process we received official confirmation of the recognition decision this week. It is a notable milestone in the development of the sport in the UK, although it should be noted that recognition does not carry with it any guarantee of funding or additional support. Please contact us if you have specific queries relating to this exciting news.
We are pleased to now announce further details for our upcoming Junior and Schools indoor competitions.
UK Ultimate thanks Hyperion Insurance Group as team sponsor of the GB Men at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London. The partnership brought much-needed financial support to the team ahead of the largest WUGC to date.
The sponsorship enabled the GB Men’s squad to make use of first-class pitches for training, a squad physio for all tournaments and training, strength and conditioning coaching and nutritional supplements, as well as subsidising a number of player’s travel requirements. The sponsorship also supported the provision of branded kit and training gear, which the players were wearing throughout the tournament.
You may have noticed Ultimate appears on the #ThisGirlCan website.
This a very exciting opportunity to promote the sport and recruit new members across the country.
UKU now has a #ThisGirlCan page which is dedicated to teams that welcome beginners and specifically women. Please take a look at the page and if you feel your team should be up there, and isn't, please drop us a line: email@example.com
UKU would like to announce a new schools' twitter feed, @ukuschools, and Facebook page, UK Ultimate Schools, to help promote the success of schools' ultimate in the UK. Please 'follow' and 'like' us. If you are a teacher, coach or player in a school and have something you would like us to announce or celebrate please drop firstname.lastname@example.org a line.
Have you considered affiliating your club with UKU for 2016? In this section you will find some information to explain the affiliation process.
What is Affiliation?
Affiliating a club with a national governing body is common practice in many sports and is where a club is formally recognised by UK Ultimate. Some clubs have been affiliating with UKU for the last 3 years.
We are delighted to announce that we have signed a new long-term partnership agreement with Discraft, re-confirming the UltraStar and J*Star as the official discs of UK Ultimate. In addition to the sponsored game-discs at UKU events, Discraft is providing us with hundreds of discs each year to support our youth programmes. On the back of this we will be sending a set of free discs to affiliated schools and affiliated clubs that are running a youth section (please wait for more details - we'll be in touch!). Thanks Discraft!