Junior Indoor Championships Round-Up - Thanks For Your Support!

Over 500 Youth Ultimate players between the ages of 10 to 19 took part in UK Ultimate’s recent Indoor National Championship Events across six divisions (Under 14, Under 17 and Under 20 for both Open and Women’s) which were held between November 2018 and February 2019.

The top rankings in each division were dominated by some of our longest-standing school teams. For the third year running, the titles were shared between AirBadgers (St Peter’s School, Exeter) and Flux (Twycross House School, Twycross), with even Under 17 players now seasoned veterans attending their fourth or fifth edition of these competitions.

We were also excited to welcome seven teams from newly-playing schools or Junior Clubs to their first of these events. Several of these have been able to attend thanks to UK Ultimate’s School Affiliation Scheme which offers free discs to schools to help them get started with Ultimate, supported by donations from players and the public.

Not only did these new players (some of whom hadn’t heard of the sport just six months earlier) have a great time at the event, they made fantastic progress over the weekends and managed to all go home with at least one win under their belts. Both Chestnut Grove (Chestnut Grove Academy, Balham) and Sussex Stingrays (Sussex Junior Club Team) also managed to earn themselves some silverware thanks to impressive Sunday performances.

Throughout the weekend, players showcased excellent Spirit of the Game, with experienced players guiding the less experienced through the self-officiating process and exceptional sportsmanship on display in even the most competitive of games.

The numerous sports centre users passing by who were intrigued by this new sport and stopped to find out more were fascinated by the way in which even the youngest of players had the maturity and confidence to manage both playing and acting as referees during games. They were impressed to see how disputes were resolved through constructive discussion and by the respect players showed for teammates and opponents.

Many schools such as these were able to start playing through UK Ultimate’s School Affiliation Scheme which is supported by donations. As awareness of and interest in the sport continues to grow at all levels, UK Ultimate is seeing ever-growing demand for both Ultrastar and J-Star discs through this programme.

Last year, your donations helped us to send an extra 150 discs to schools just like those making their debut at these events. If you would like to make a donation to this fantastic cause, please visit https://goo.gl/ouJYJ9, or email us at admin@ukultimate.com, and help to set another school off on their Ultimate journey!