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Strategic Survey Response Summary

In late 2016 we published a relatively short survey for members to provide some initial input into the process of reviewing UKU’s long-term plans.  Firstly, we would like to say a big thanks to the 450 people that participated.  Please find the responses summarised in the report attached.  We have not included the individual comments, but they have all been read and reviewed.

UKU Competition Rules 2017 and Membership Reminder

Membership

A reminder to all players playing this weekend that you must have full UKU membership. You can purchase that online here.

Masters Nationals Date Confirmed: Sept 9th

UK Masters Nationals will be held on September 9th.  This is the qualification route to World Masters Ultimate Club Championships 2018.  

The venue will be confirmed in a future update.

UKU Tour Structure Changes 2017 (Open division)

We would like to provide an update on plans for UKU Tour 2017 in the Open division.  It has been clear for some years that the structure is not scalable as the number of Open and Women’s teams continues to grow.  We have been planning for some time that we would start to make changes in 2017, although we would obviously prefer to have resolved all of the issues earlier than this.

In 2017 we are only making changes to the Open division, but we recognise there is a body of opinion in the community that is asking for a broader review of the Tour structure and timing.  We will have an ongoing consultation process about the competition structure and calendar over the next few months.

GB Youth Women's teams 2017-18

Every year, the GB Junior coaching and management team meet to review progress and plan the next cycle.  This year we spent a significant amount of time discussing the challenges we face supporting the two women’s teams.  The recurring fundamental problem is that not enough players are trying out for the teams.  So we have decided to make some changes that we hope will increase and improve the opportunities for young women wanting to play competitive ultimate.  

Qualification rules for international club events 2017-18

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.

Sports Council recognition

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.

UK Ultimate thanks Hyperion, GB Sponsors

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.