Reset the stall

by UK Ultimate in Twickenham, England, United Kingdom

Reset the stall
We did it
On 15th October 2020 we successfully raised £32,638 with 305 supporters in 56 days

Our goal is to try to put UK Ultimate finances back to where they were at the start of Jan 2020. We're aiming for our £30k stretch target.

by UK Ultimate in Twickenham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our goal is to undo the financial impact of Covid in 2020.  We are forecasting a loss of approx £30k.  Although we set our initial target at £20k, to achieve our goal we need to reach our £30k stretch target.

UK Ultimate is the National Governing Body for Ultimate.  

Ultimate in the UK has been shut down for five months.  More serious and important issues have unfolded elsewhere, but still, the year has taken its toll on our sport and our organisation.

If everything was running normally, we would have a challenging year ahead, but our losses would be manageable.  Realistically, 2021 is not going to be normal, and the board has decided it is time to ask for your help.

Our goal is to try to undo the financial impact of Covid in 2020 and give ourselves a chance to manage the uncertainties ahead, whilst attempting to turn the disruption into positive change for the longer-term.  We are currently forecasting a loss of approx £30k in 2020.  We've set an initial crowdfunding target of £20k, which we hope to beat!

We've put more information in the blog, but here's the situation.

Without events, UK Ultimate has almost no income.  

Since 2008, we’ve grown UK Ultimate using event revenue because 

  • The organisation had developed a strong competition structure.
  • Event delivery was, until now, something we could control entirely within the ultimate community (as opposed to e.g. trying to win grant awards).
  • Event revenue directly links the money people pay into the sport to the times when they participate. 

We have been aware for some time that we are financially very dependent on events, especially given that event participation so directly affects UKU membership. We expected we would be able to adjust the balance gradually, building up income streams from grants, donations and sponsorship over many years.


From a playing perspective, we see the immediate priorities as follows:

  • Cut back on the upcoming indoor season to minimise losses and give teams early clarity about what to expect.
  • Support university clubs and BUCS with a very unusual season.
  • Focus effort on supporting and encouraging local, outdoor training and play. 
  • Move our Level 1 coaching award online.
  • Work closely with the GB squads to help manage the uncertainty around international events in 2021.  
  • Keep attention on the important Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work that needs to be done.

Financially, we expect to focus on the areas below:

  • Support this crowdfunding campaign to try to offset the financial impact of losing so much Ultimate in 2020.
  • Encourage players to re-join UK Ultimate for 2020-21 as soon as they can, despite the uncertainties.
  • Build up contact with ex-players who mostly stopped when they could no longer engage as tournament-going players.
  • Try to build an alternative, flexible outdoor competition structure.
  • Seek direct grant support.
  • Continue our work to win the bid to host WFDF 2022 World Ultimate Club Championships.
  • Continue to cut back on costs as much as possible without losing staff.

As Adriana Withers from our partner VC Ultimate put it so well: Ultimate is not cancelled.  Ultimate in the UK won't stop if it becomes necessary for UKU to make big cuts in staff costs, but the breadth and depth of activity will take a serious hit. For a while at least, we will be stalled out.

Spirit circle / huddle for warmth at 2018 Uni Mixed Outdoor Nationals

Spirit circle / huddle for warmth at 2018 Uni Mixed Outdoor Nationals 

UK Ultimate’s work spans many different areas, including: 

  • University Ultimate
  • Coach Education
  • Ultimate in Schools
  • National Teams
  • Governance, Recognition and Legitimacy
  • UK Ultimate Competitions and Events
  • Volunteers and staff

A little more information about all of these things is provided below, with more detail on the blog.

University Ultimate

  • University Ultimate remains at the heart of our sport with 70+ institutions, 300+ indoor and 150+ outdoor teams playing in UKU and BUCS competitions every year.  We have worked closely with BUCS for many years to support the integration of Ultimate into their programme.

Coach Education


Promoting the UKU Foundation Award to football club community coaches

  • UKU has a developing coach education programme training hundreds of people every year, more than half of whom are teachers or community sports coaches doing the Foundation Award.


Ultimate in Schools

1597421479_1597421478566.pngUKU developed resources with the Youth Sport Trust to support the launch of Ultimate into the School GamesSchool Games pilot eventSchool Games Resources and pilot event in 2018-19

  • In the last 5 years, at virtually no cost to members, we have sent thousands of free discs to hundreds of schools around the UK that include Ultimate in their curriculum or run after-school clubs.  
  • As part of the School Games in 2019 over 3000 pupils played in mixed, inter school matches or competition.


National Teams

GB Open 2019 European Beach Ultimate Championships gold medal winners

GB Open 2019 European Beach Ultimate Championships gold medal winners

  • In 2019 we managed GB teams in 19 divisions, with 12 of them winning medals.  
  • GB is 3rd in the WFDF World Ultimate Rankings.
  • The international calendar in 2021 is looking really busy, but with the extra risk and complexity from Covid-related disruption. 


Governance, recognition and legitimacy

  • In 2016 UKU was recognised as the National Governing Body for Ultimate by the UK and home nation sports councils.  Integrating our sport into the structures of the sports governance in the UK is a long process, but we are getting there.   We work closely with BUCS and the Youth Sport Trust in particular.
  • We play our part in the World Flying Disc Federation and the European Ultimate Federation, supporting work on events, rules, spirit of the game, governance and more.


UK Ultimate Competitions and Events

  • UKU coordinates or directly delivers approx. 60 events per year, with National Championships in 26 divisions.  We've built a strong capability for delivering events to help fund the sport and the organisation, which we've successfully extended in order to host international championships several times.  In early 2020, we submitted a bid to host the WFDF 2022 World Ultimate Club Championships.  If we can win the bid and make the event happen we think it will be a timely and exciting boost for our community.

 Five generations of GB women's teams at Windfarm 2019Five generations of GB Women's teams at UKU Windfarm 2019 

UKU Volunteers and Staff

Annual in-person board me1597420199_board_face_to_face_meeting_2020.jpgeting (not everyone could be there)

  • The formal structure of UK Ultimate (committees and staff) involves around 100 volunteers and 6 members of staff (two of whom work approx 1 day/week).  There is no HQ: all the staff work from home.  

Thanks for reading.  Thanks for your support.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Thank you!

If you can help, thank you very much. We will be building a thank-you banner with the name of all donors to be displayed online and at events. (Of course it is possible to remain anonymous if you prefer.)

£30 or more

UK Ultimate thank-you disc

To say thanks - and celebrate our new logo - we'll be running a limited edition set of Discraft Ultrastar discs with just the new UK Ultimate logo. The fulfilment date below is an estimate. We may need to contact you to discuss delivery options if you are based outside the UK.

£100 or more

Extended Full UKU membership + UKU disc

Free UKU Full membership for 2 years (until 30th Sept 2022), PLUS an extra year for members eligible for Uni / U18 membership in 2020-21. Plus UK Ultimate thank-you disc. The extended membership can be for someone else.

£300 or more

UKU Supporter

Nominate a business to be a UKU Supporter 2021. UKU Supporters will receive 5 UK Ultimate thank-you discs and their logos will be displayed on the UKU website, UKU event & competition websites and online event promotion. Please make sure you are able to make this commitment on behalf of the business.

£500 or more

17 of 20 claimed

Lifetime UKU Full Membership + UKU disc

Lifetime UKU Full Membership + UK Ultimate thank-you disc. The lifetime membership can be for someone else.

£750 or more

10 UK Ultimate discs + customised club reward

10 UK Ultimate thank-you discs for the club, plus a choice of possible club rewards to be agreed with UKU. A couple of suggestions so far are naming rights to a pitch at 3 tournaments, or prioritised late starts at 3 tournaments, but do get in touch if you have other ideas or suggestions.

£1,000 or more

3 of 4 claimed

UKU Everything Partner

Nominate a business to be one of our UK Ultimate Partners 2021. UKU Everything Partners will receive 5 UK Ultimate thank-you discs plus their logos displayed on UKU website, UKU event & competition websites, online event promotion, 2021 GB jerseys (back), GB webpages, social media and the next official UKU Gamedisc. Please make sure you are able to make this commitment on behalf of the business concerned.

£500 or more

2 of 2 claimed

GB Teams Sponsor

Nominate a business to be one of our GB teams sponsor 2021. GB Teams Sponsor will receive 5 UK Ultimate thank-you discs plus their logos displayed on GB jersey sleeves, and GB-pages of our websites and social media. Please make sure you are able to make this commitment on behalf of the business concerned.

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