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We need your help for Indoors 2021-22!

We have finalised all of the venues and dates for the remainder of the 2021-22 indoor season, however, we need some help to run some of the events on the day!

 

Are you an individual that's happy to take on overseeing the event? Or would your team/club be happy to work as a team to run the event over the weekend? Whatever your situation, if you're interested in lending a hand, please get in touch with us ASAP by emailing events@ukultimate.comWe will, of course, reimburse you for your time and effort. 

 

We're currently looking for TDs/organisers for the following venues/events (click here to read more)

GB Junior 2021/2022 Trials Application

Players who would like to trial for the GB U20 and GB U17 teams in 2021/22 should complete the application forms below. The U20 squads will be attending the WJUC 2022 championships and the U17 squads will be preparing for the EUF EYUC 2022 (exact tournament dates and location still tbc).


Trials

At this stage we do not yet have set plans for the individual team trials, times, dates and locations tbc. Right now we are gathering information from players interested in trialing and we will release details about the trials process once we have that information.

GB Junior 2021/2022 Staff Announcements

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the GB Junior Staff for the season 2021/22. The GB U20 squads will be attending the WJUC 2022 championships and the U17 squads will be preparing for the EUF EYUC 2022 (exact tournament dates and location still tbc).

UKU Junior Women's Indoor Nationals 2021 - Confirmed Event Timings

It has been confirmed that we are only able to access the Cranford Superdome venue after 1pm on Saturday 20th November. As such, we can confirm that the Junior Women's Indoor Nationals event will be run from approximately 2pm, with games expected to finish no later than 8pm at the latest. The exact timings will be confirmed once the team entries have been finalised and the schedule has been written.  

 

Entries for JWIN close this Friday, 15th October

GB Committee recruiting for GB Appointments Manager

The GB Committee are looking to recruit a GB Appointments Manager to manage and coordinate the appointment process for all GB squad managers, coaches and leaders. They will work closely with the GB Performance Director to ensure that there is a fair and robust appointment process to identify the best candidates to lead each GB squad. As the GB Futures Hubs programme develops we expect that part of this role will involve supporting the appointment process for GB Futures Hubs volunteer positions.

 

It is expected that this role will involve establishing and maintaining a pool of volunteers to form specific selection panels for events where GB squads will be attending. For more information on the role please see the role outline here.

Clapham crowned European Champions for the 10th time and Smash'D win Spirit

The 2021 European Ultimate Club Finals (1-3 Oct) saw Clapham Ultimate once again claim the European Open Division title; winning for the 10th time in their 20 year history. After a season unlike any other, in which Clapham had already retained the UK title, they beat CUSB La Fotta 13-10 in the open final. You can watch that match on the Ulti.tv, and while you’re there why not check out the whole host of other exciting games captured by the Ulti.tv crew?

 

Smash’d were the only other UK representatives at EUCF, and although they missed out on their final placement games thanks to some seriously challenging weather conditions at the tournament they are also coming home with a trophy as they were the Spirit of the Game winners in the Open division.

 

Congratulations to both teams for representing the UK so brilliantly. Full results from the tournament can be found on the EUF website here and as previously mentioned check out all the coverage from the weekend from the fantastic Ulti.tv team.

Beach Nationals 2021 - CANCELLED

After a great deal of thought we are extremely sad to announce that Beach Nationals 2021 is cancelled.  None of us want *another* cancelled tournament, but after careful consideration we have concluded that this is the best course of action.  The key factors in our decision are:

  • The combination of forecast wind speeds and heavy rain on Saturday in particular has the potential to create a situation that is unsafe for participants, volunteers and staff.  The location is exposed and players will have limited options for warming up and attempting to dry clothes between games.  
  • The forecast wind speeds all weekend will create almost unplayable conditions - it will be unpleasant at best.
  • The situation is likely to force players to huddle in large numbers in small indoor spaces increasing the risk of covid transmission.
  • We remain concerned about the risks to safe travel created by the ongoing problems with accessing fuel.

Finally, we believe it is better to make and communicate the decision now, rather than delay another 12-24 hours in the hope that the forecast improves.  Hopefully this gives people time to make alternative plans, and is clearly better for those players who would otherwise be leaving home tomorrow morning.  

We will issue a full refund to all teams next week.

Beach Nationals 2021 - Fuel Situation and Schedule Update

We have not yet confirmed the schedule for Beach Nationals.  We do plan to use the schedule as published, but we have been waiting to see how the fuel situation develops.  

 

At this point we would like to hear from ALL teams regarding their assessment of how the fuel situation affects their ability to get TO and HOME FROM the event.  Ideally please get in touch this evening (Wed 29th) if possible, but otherwise by tomorrow midday (Thurs 30th).  We appreciate you may need to discuss this within the team if you haven’t done so yet.