AGM and a New Committee

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!

Summer Hat League: Final Week Recap

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!

BU at the World Championships!

 

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.

BU Summer Hat League: Week 1 Recap

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?

 

Brighton Ultimate Summer Hat League – sign ups now open!

BU is excited to announce that sign ups are now open for our first round of Summer Hat league! Everyone is welcome, whether you’re a veteran or a complete beginner.

Hat format, 5-a-side

Mixed & Open divisions

Mondays, 7pm – 8.40pm

12th June – 3rd July

1 x 30 minute game each week, minimum

Wild Park, off Lewes Road

£8 player fee

The league will run on Mondays for 4 weeks (12th June – 3rd July), and each week, you’ll get a minimum of 1 x 30 minute game, played between 7pm and 8.40pm, at Wild Park, off Lewes Road (map link at the bottom of this post!).

A hat league means we draw the teams randomly (but with a spread of experience across every team) – this means you’ll get to meet (and compete against!) a variety of people from across the Brighton Ultimate community. We’re aiming to run 2 divisions in our first round of summer hat league this year: mixed and open. In the mixed division, each team will field 2 or 3 women for each point (as per WFDF 2017 rules); in the open division, there are no gender restrictions.

For each division, there will be:
– winners medals
– a prize for the most spirited team
– League MVP prizes (as voted by the teams)

Sign up now!

The player fee will be £8 for each division you want to play in (you can sign up for both, if you like). We’ll ask you to pay this fee after you complete the sign up form.

For insurance reasons, you will need Brighton Ultimate membership (£10/£5) and UK Ultimate membership (basic: £5) to play in the league. These memberships will cover you for subsequent leagues and trainings as well, until the end of September. If you’re coming to club trainings on Mondays, training with one of the teams on Wednesday or Thursday, or playing at tour, you should have these already!

Entry deadline: Saturday 10th June, 5pm.
Payment deadline (incl. BU & UKU membership): Sunday 11th June, 5pm.

You can get BU membership via the website here.

You can get UKU membership via the UKU site here.

Any questions? Email Megan at president@brightonultimate.co.uk!

Are you a complete beginner? Why not head down to our Monday night session at Wild Park on June 5th, 6.45pm – 8.30pm, to get an introduction to the game – we’ll have a dedicated beginners coach at this training, ready to get you started! We’ll also have one of our coaches running a short taster session on Monday 12th June, 6.30pm to 7.15pm (before the first game), to introduce the basics for any beginners in the league, and your new teammates will also be happy to help!

Fees for UKU Tour 2017

Agenda for the December 6th Committee Meeting

The agenda for the committee meeting on the 6th December is now available to view. The agenda is still being updated, but should be finalised by December 5th, 6pm.

 

The committee apologises for the later-than-intended publication of this agenda – this is due to a number of our members having busy schedules and the difficulty of finding space in December to meet, with an unexpected opportunity emerging at short notice (ie. less than one week).

 

Click here to access the December 6th Agenda.

 

If you have any comments relating to items being discussed, or any issues you would like to raise at the committee meeting, please contact Nicole Cozens (communications), at communications at brightonultimate dot co dot uk, by Tuesday 6th December, 12pm.

 

Best wishes,

the BU committee

Changes to the BU Constitution following AGM 2016

At the AGM in October, members voted through a change in constitution, relating to Section 9, which deals with the structure of the committee. This change streamlined the committee, in accordance with the proposal voted on at the AGM (available to view here), to the following six positions:

  • President
  • Director of Communications (vice-president)
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Performance

The new committee has redrafted the constitution (specifically Section 9) to reflect the outcome of this vote by the members, with the key adjustment of incorporating our Safeguarding Officer into the constitution, and protecting their oversight role and independence.

The updated constitution can be viewed here. The relevant amendments are in dark red text, in Section 9. The rest of the constitution remains unchanged.

This amendment to the Safeguarding Officer’s role is to ensure that our safeguarding procedures remain strong within our club, and was developed in conjunction with UK Ultimate (our national governing body) to ensure we meet their recommended practices around safeguarding, while still implementing the structural change voted on at the AGM.

The committee believes this redraft of the constitution to best represent the proposal voted on by members at the AGM, but invites any members with concerns regarding the incorporation of our safeguarding provision to raise these by emailing the Director of Communications (Nicole Cozens) at nicolecozens1108 at gmail dot com.

If no concerns are raised regarding these amendments, the constitution will be updated by the committee on 20th December 2016.