CLUB OF THE YEAR 2020-2021
NOTE: This page is continually being updated. Please join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date information!
Welcome to UCL Ultimate Frisbee Club! Founded in 1997, we cater for players of all abilities, whether you've been playing for 5 years or have never picked up a frisbee in your life. You don't need a lot to play, just a light and a dark coloured top and some good shoes to run in. If you've never heard of us before, get the free membership, come along to one of our sessions and just give it a go!
- Training Schedule (2021/22):
MON - Indoors (beginner-friendly), 8-10pm @ Somers Town Community Sports Centre
TUES - Indoors (competitive), 8-10pm @ Somers Town Community Sports Centre
WEDS - Outdoors (beginner-friendly), 2-4pm @ Regents Park
FRI/SAT - Outdoors, TBC
What is Ultimate?
Ultimate is a great sport to pick up if you are looking to continue sports in university but want to try something new. It's a fast growing team sport that is sort of a mix between netball and rugby, only with a frisbee (aka disc). You can't move when you have the frisbee (aka disc), you can only hold it for a certain amount of time, and you score by catching it in the opposing end zone. Games can last anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes depending on the score cap.
Also, we're one of the only competitive sports that are self-officiating - but the games are no less competitive for it. Spirit of the Game is a really useful way to keep games fun and fair, so that everyone has the best time possible.
Are there opportunities to compete?
For those interested in playing for the competitive teams (Men's, Women's, and Mixed), the UCL Silverbacks regularly place well in all divisions in BUCS, both indoor and outdoor. We have strong links with many former players who have often gone on to play with both local and international clubs.
For the more socially-minded, we'll be attending beginner-specific tournaments throughout October and November to give new players the opportunity to try out Ultimate in a friendly, but competitive, environment, and we have league matches in London Universities Sports League (LUSL) spread out across the year to give all our members a chance to play.
Here are some of our tournament placings from previous years:
2018/19 achievements include: Mixed Outdoor Nationals 1st Place, Mixed Indoor Nationals 2nd Place, Men's Indoor Nationals 2nd Place, Men's and Women's Outdoor Nationals Top 8 (both teams).
2019/20 achievements include: Women’s Indoor Nationals 3rd Place, Men's Indoor Nationals 4th Place, Women's Outdoor Nationals (cancelled) seeded 1st.
What's in store for the year?
For the most up to date information, be sure to join our Facebook group to stay updated with our training schedule and any socials we're holding. We usually hold big socials around Christmas and Chinese New Year, as well as meeting up with our counterparts at other London universities!
We also provide regular volunteering opportunities. Stay tuned by joining our Facebook group (it really is the best way to know what's going on with us).
What did the club do last year?
So much! We've been really busy helping and providing for both our members and the wider community of UCL and London.
When the COVID restrictions allowed, we held twice-weekly training at Regents' Park. During lockdown, we supported our members by publishing training programmes and helping them find them find exercise partners. We also held socials every week, anything from quiz nights to scavenger hunts, usually followed by a casual game session. Finally, we ordered new custom team kit and discs.
We've also been on top of our volunteering, having taken part in 3 volunteering projects: letter writing to care homes with The Crisis Project, delivering Christmas hampers with Coin Street, and helping out at a food bank every week. We raised over £800 for various causes, through a 24hr continuous livestream and a sponsored challenge to throw a frisbee 100km in 12 hours.
In order to get involved, you need membership. The remote free membership will allow you to take part in any of our tasters, but you'll need to upgrade to either our Social or Competitive level to stay with us beyond that. If you're not sure which membership to purchase, get in touch with one of the committee members and they’ll help you out. For our affiliate friends who are here for a term, you are also allowed to train with us and play some unofficial tournaments.
Check out our website: uclultimatesilverbacks.co.uk
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/uclultimate
Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/uclultimate
UCL Ultimate Frisbee Club have signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge.