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UKU Safeguarding Committee - can you help?

Do you have experience and expertise relevant to safeguarding young people?  If so, we need your help please!

We are seeing more and more schools starting to play some ultimate.  Our Schools Affiliation programme has seen 130 schools sign-up so far in 2017, reporting a total of 17,000 and 3,000 people playing ultimate in curriculum time and ex-curricular clubs respectively.  However - against that backdrop, the number of teams and players competing in our Junior tournaments and trying out for GB youth teams is not growing.

There are very few opportunities for young people to play ultimate in the UK and we want to change that.   And of course we want to enable new players to be involved in our sport in a safe and welcoming way.  

UKU is setting up a Safeguarding Committee in order to build up more capacity and expertise to support coaches, local groups and club committees engage with new young players.  We have just updated and released UKU Safeguarding Policies, but there is so much more we could do.  What will being on the committee involve?  

Updated child safeguarding documentation

UK Ultimate is pleased to announce that we have updated our child safeguarding policies and practice for 2017. The documents can all be found here:

The aim of the documents is to make sure ultimate in the UK supports all players under 18 to play our sport. This will help the recent growth in community teams that can recruit young players from their local areas to be key a part of their club for years to come. 

The documents should be easy to follow but please email if you have questions or need support.

As a result of our school affiliation programme we now have data showing that well over 15,000 young people are playing ultimate at school.  With this as a backdrop we are looking to recruit a small Safeguarding Advisory Committee to help with ongoing task of keeping our documentation, policies and practices up to date as well as providing advice and information to the increasing number of clubs and coaches that are looking to make ultimate more accessible to younger players.

If you have experience or knowledge in child or adult safeguarding and feel you could offer some time to help, please get in touch using our contact form or through the safeguarding email above.   Thanks!

UK Schools' Facebook and Twitter

UK Ultimate Schools FB/Twi

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 a line. 

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Club Affiliation

Have you considered affiliating your club with UKU? 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.