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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.

 

UKU Beach Nationals 2021 Draft Schedule

Ahead of the event this weekend please find the DRAFT schedule live on the website: https://bit.ly/UKUBeachNats2021EventWebsite 

 

As usual, please double check the schedule to see if there are any issues. If there are then please let us know as soon as possible by emailing events@ukultimate.com.  It is still possible that minor amendments may be made if there are any issues with the schedule, so please take this into account when looking through and making any logistical arrangements for the weekend.

 

We hope to be able to confirm the schedule tomorrow so please watch for further updates.

UKU Under-14, Under-17 & Junior Women’s Indoor Nationals 2021-22 - Entries Now Open!

We are very pleased to announce that entries for Junior Women's Indoor Nationals 2021-22 are now open!

 

The event is being held at Cranford SuperDome, Hounslow, London on Saturday 20th November. It is a ONE DAY event.

 

Entries are open in all three divisions: Under-14, Under-17 and Junior (Under-20).

   

UKU Beach Nationals 2021 - Confirmed Team Lists

We are pleased to confirm the team lists for Beach Nationals happening on 2nd-3rd October at Sandbanks Beach, Bournemouth.

UKU 2021 Season Feedback - Share your opinion!

Following a pretty successful 2021 season, albeit after a bit of an uncertain start, we wanted to reach out to you to get feedback from everyone that’s taken part (or not), at all levels, to see what we might do for the 2021-22 season!

 

Don’t worry, we’re never going to completely get rid of the weekend events that we know you love (we love them too!), but we want to find a balance for moving forward. 

 

Let us know what you think. We want to hear from you!

Did you play in 2021?

Did you not play at all? 

Did you want to play but the format didn’t work for you?

Did you play more because the format worked better for you?

Did you find the use of single fixture days beneficial and/or enjoyable? 

Did you miss weekend events?

 

Whatever your opinions are, we genuinely want to know them. If we don’t hear from you, whether it’s positive or negative, we end up with only having the views of a small proportion of players to work with. This might mean that we change the competition format and it might not be in the direction that you want it to be, so get involved!

 

Here are the different ways you can get in touch and share your views...