We have lots going on this month.

End of Year Club Meal

Saturday 10th November (Facebook event) from 7pm.

Come to the Park View pub (downstairs) and celebrate being a part of our wonderful ultimate community. This meal is for everyone somehow involved in the club, no matter what team you play on or if you only attended 1 Monday night or Fun Tuesday- All welcome!  The deadline for having the buffet has gone but you can still order from the normal menu when you arrive.


Children in Need fundraiser!

Monday 12th November at normal BACA practice.

The BBC have contacted us and we are planning a special training on the 12th to be a fundraising event – usual player fees waived, we also suggest you donate at least the same amount to Children in Need!  Footage will be recorded and sent to the BBC for broadcast on 16th Nov.  If it’s good they’ll use it to be played nationally!

Currently taking all ideas from players to make this fun and raise as much money as possible for the charity, get involved by sending your ideas to Joe and turning up with deep pockets on the 12th!

On the night we’ll just be playing games.  Turn up and you’ll be put into semi-random teams (hat draw).


AGM 2018

Tuesday 13th November (Facebook event) at the Walrus Pub at 7pm

The time has come around again for the Annual General Meeting – your chance to chat about the running of the club, and get involved with being a part of the committee of one of the longest running and most forward-thinking frisbee clubs in the country for the coming 2019 season.  More info about the committee and what they do is available here.

There are definitely going to be posts becoming available this year, so if you are keen to give back to the community and run with your own ideas of how things should be done, now is your chance!

See this doc for full descriptions of the roles and responsibilities in the BU Committee.


Indoor Hat League

Weekly from Thursday 15th November at BACA 8:30-10:00pm

This is to be confirmed, as we’re waiting for the sports centre to give us the final all clear.  Watch this space for details.


Finally, if you’re a Google calendar user then you may want to add our BU Calendar as one of your own.  We keep it up to date

We’re inviting beginners to our usual Autumn practice, who will get dedicated coaching from Hannah Brew

The BU Summer League 2018 is here!

Sign up now

Sign-ups are now openhttps://goo.gl/forms/cG9atCF3fZibq5cq1, or just turn up on the day (preferably sign up though!)

What: The BU Summer League is a team-based Ultimate Frisbee competition, open to beginners and experienced players alike! Sign up / turn up, be allocated to a team, and enjoy playing 2 or 3 games in an evening. If we only have enough players for two teams, we’ll mix up the teams a few times and keep track of everyone’s wins on a leaderboard!

When: Every Monday evening (6:15pm throwing/warm-up, 7:00pm games start), from 11th June 2018 for 5 weeks (final week: 9th July)

Where: Wild Park, Lewes Road, Brighton

Who: Come along whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran – everyone is welcome, all you need to bring is a light & a dark shirt, footwear to run around in, some water, and £3 to play on the day. Any questions just contact felix@felixultimate.com

Sign up here

Want to volunteer?
If you volunteer to run the warm-up or be “League Organiser” on-the-day (putting out cones, collecting names/fees, recording wins, and so on), you’ll be able to play that week free of charge! (or receive a £3 refund if you’ve already paid £10). If you want to volunteer, say so on the sign-up form, or email Felix.

If you are interested in the direction the club is taking, the work the committee is doing, or if you have time, ideas, opinions, a voice you wish to be heard, or if you want to contribute to spreading / growing / developing / elevating frisbee in Brighton, then you should join the new BU Community Forum!

Rising from the ashes of the old BU Committee GoogleGroup, this is an area where we expect to have 10-20 enthusiastic/knowledgeable/keen BU members putting forward opinions, ideas, and generally getting involved in a range of discussions about the club – or just keeping their ears close to the ground and chiming in when they see fit. Agendas for the committee meetings will be constructed here, minutes after the meetings will be posted here open for discussion, and all the Directors should be actively reading and taking part in the group.

If you have an idea but don’t want it to be open to members for discussion for whatever reason, you can always contact the relevant Director directly, or myself or Joe Butler (President).

Sign up to the BU Community Forum now by sending an email to:

brighton-ultimate-committee+subscribe@googlegroups.com

or go to groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/brighton-ultimate-committee

The BU Community Forum is an opt-in, open communication channel between the BU committee and BU members. Visit this page to see how it fits into the newly defined communication structure of BU.

Merry Christmas to all of BU! Xmas training was a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to training in the new year starting Monday 22nd Jan!

New Year Social: On Friday 5th January, everybody is invited to The Druids Arms pub (near the level) from 8pm to celebrate the new year with your frisbee buddies! If there is interest, we may also play a round of disc golf on Saturday or Sunday – stay tuned to social media.

After the AGM last Thursday (30th Nov ’17), it’s time to say thanks to the outgoing BU committee – Megan, Hannah, John, Rachel, Nicole, Rich, and Abi – for the hard work they put in for the 2016-17 season.

Brighton Ultimate’s incoming 2017-18 Committee:

  • President – Joe Butler
  • Director of Communications (Vice President / Secretary) – Felix Shardlow
  • Director of Operations – Ben Rich
  • Director of Performance – Jonny Sadler
  • Director of Development – Sophie Isaacs

We are accepting expressions of interest to fill the Director of Finance position, and the non-voting Safeguarding Officer role – please email communications@brightonultimate.co.uk

Thanks also to all the members who attended the AGM – full minutes are available. More news to follow soon!

Monday saw the last batch of games in this summer’s first round of Summer Hat League. All games had so far gone to sudden death, with exactly the same scoreline (9-8), with Kemptown Massive sneaking just ahead with 2 wins. Looks like our sorting hat knew what it was doing…

 

Churchill Squares came out hungry in the first match against Wild Park Wanderers, jumping out to an early lead. Notable mentions go to Steph for scoring most of the goals, and to George Imbert for some big blocks on defence. But Wild Park were not to be outdone, and gradually crept their way back into the game – overturning a 3 point lead from when cap went on to bring it to, guess what, 8 all, game to 9. A beautiful lead pass from Arran to George sealed WPW’s fate, and Churchill came out with their first win!

 

Kemptown Massive went into their first game of finals week knowing it was the decider – a win would put them ahead in the table and give them the trophy. Some big plays from Connor and some good sneaking towards the endzone from Nolan Taylor kept it close, but the critical moment came when the point at 6-5 lasted forever, eventually going Kemptown’s way, for a big offensive hold, and to put the game at 7-5, game to 8. Kemptown earned their block and put in the score – leading to the first non-sudden death win of the tournament!

 

Playing for pride, Squares came out firing against Kemptown in the final game – with some great handler movement from Anastasia, John Maule and Arran Belden. The game was tight for a while, but Kemptown began to edge away, with some incredible layout saves by Henry and Pat. Kemptown Massive eventually took the game, leaving them the undefeated champions of BUSHL 2017 (round 1).

Kemptown Massive: BUSHL 2017 Winners (minus a few players…).

Congratulations to Hannah Brew, who won League MVP (as voted by the opposing teams each week) and landed herself a shiny Brighton Ultimate disc.

There was an amazing spread of talent across the teams, with Ricky, Wagner, Marketa, Connor, Nastia, Steph, Fetu, Nolan, Vicky and George also racking up MVP nominations from their opposition, and earning themselves a cute little BU badge (collect when you see Megan or Richard next!).

Special mentions also to Danny and Wagner, our newest players in league, who both made some incredible plays over the three weeks!

Spirit across the whole league was fantastic – with high averages for all three teams, and Kemptown Massive and Churchill Squares tied on the top score (only marginally ahead of Wild Park). Spirit prizes for all the individual players on these teams available to collect next Monday!

 

BUSHL 2017 medal ceremony

 

Club training will be running on Monday 10th July in Wild Park, from 6.45pm – there’ll be some special adjustments for those feeling a little achey from Tour at the weekend, but for those feeling sprightly, there’ll be more opportunity for WINNING – in a 3v3 mini tournament. It’s gonna be great!

 

Brighton’s GB Mixed players: Abi, Tom & Hannah.

A warm welcome home to all of our players who were representing Great Britain (and beyond!) at the World Championships of Beach Ultimate (Royan, France) last week!

In the Mixed division, Chun Lee (also on the GB U24 development programme) made history, representing Malaysia at their first ever world championship event, while Abi Cohman, Hannah Brew, and Tom Mannings were part of the GB Mixed squad that took home 7th place – beating a boisterous Italy to make top 8, but losing out to eventual bronze medallists Germany in quarters.

Alize Clough and Nicole Cozens were flying the Brighton flag in the Women’s Masters division, demolishing European rivals to make the top 4, but losing out to a strong Canadian team at semis and a recharged Australia in the 3v4 playoff.

Felix Sharldow represented in the Men’s Masters division, finishing 8th after a brutally close quarter final with Spain.

Megan Hurst was part of the GB Women‘s squad who brought home bronze medals – losing out to the eventual champions, Russia, in the semi-final before demolishing Canada in the 3v4 match.

Ashley Yeo and Hayden Slaughter put in phenomenal showings with the GB Men‘s team, pushing the USA hard in the final for a fantastic game to watch, but eventually bringing home the silver medal.

Ben Rolfe also comes home with some silverware – with GB Grand Masters making the final in style over Finland, but falling to a very strong USA team.

 

We’re so proud of everyone, and excited to have them back! You can check out the full tournament details and placings here.

Brighton Ultimate’s first round of Summer Hat League kicked off (threw off?) this Monday in Wild Park. The schedule sees our three teams match up twice over the course of the three week league.

This week, 2 games for Churchill Squares both ended, tragically, in 7-8 sudden death defeats. The first game versus Wild Park Wanderers was a gritty battle, with multiple lead changes, before the inevitable sudden death finisher. Wagner and Danny’s one-on-one battle was a real highlight of this game, as were the displays of some of our younger players’ skills, with Marketa’s excellent cutting and Connor’s spectacular grabs in the endzone.

The warm up game for Squares saw them start strong against Kemptown Massive – jumping out to a 4-0 lead. The tables soon turned however, with Kemptown rolling off 6 straight points to take the lead, with some big blocks by Fetu, and precision assists from Jonny to that well-known recevier, Hannah Brew. Some visionary throws from Mikey helped Squares stop the slide, but in the end the surge of Kemptown proved too much, and they fended off the late Squares comeback to close out the win.

 

Big thanks to Rich & John for the meticulously measured pitch.

 

Next week: Wild Park Wanderers face Kemptown Massive in the top-of-the-table clash – with games so close this week, every point counts!

 

Interested in playing? Sign-ups are now closed for this round of league, but we’ll be running at least one further round. We’ll announce it on the website soon! When league isn’t running, we have club trainings on Mondays, in Wild Park, 6.45pm to 8.30pm – these trainings are open to all, and we aim to cater to our wide range of playing abilities in our club and city, from total beginners to our international players.

If you’re a beginner, your first three BU sessions don’t require membership (UKU or Brighton), but after that, we ask everyone who attends to have these for insurance purposes. If you’re an experienced player, you’ll need UKU membership and Brighton membership to attend trainings.

If you’re interested, but not sure about coming down, why not drop us an email at president@brightonultimate.co.uk?