today sent out an email to teams registered for WUGC 2020 further clarifying
the financial situation of the tournament. Teams had previously been told that
they would only be able to get around a quarter of the money they had sent in
player fees back should they pull out of the tournament following postponement
due to the coronavirus pandemic, and none of the team fees. This announcement
had caused some controversy, with teams and players asking to know more about
what their money had been spent on.
WFDF and the tournament organising committee (TOC) also said that if teams still wanted to attend the event, now taking place in 2021, then players would need to pay an extra EUR150 to make up for budgetary shortfalls. The federation took the step of sending out a letter from WFDF Vice President Brian Gisel and WFDF Managing Director Events Karina Woldt which included a number of answers to questions they had been asked and a detailed budget provided by the TOC.
The budget shows that costs have been taken out of a number of areas, including marketing, game advisors and competition services like equipment, while extra money has been put into medical costs. The bulk of the increases comes in staffing costs, with the staff involved now going to have to stay working on the tournament for an extra year. The costs of withdrawals have also been factored in, and shows that the amount that has been requested from teams lines up with the rough figures suggested on Ultiworld earlier this week.
Karina Woldt said: “We have listened to what the players and teams have asked, and we want to be open and honest with them about the tournament. We are talking to the TOC about what can be claimed back and they have said that around 25% is what they can currently get from their suppliers. We are hopeful that more could be refunded if the event is cancelled, but we want WUGC to be a great event. The TOC has already managed to reclaim more of their costs than they had expected after some negotiation, and we will do all we can to keep teams, players and federations informed.”
clarifies in the letter that the only money they will be taking from the
tournament is the relatively low sanctioning fees, with most of the money
accepted and used by the TOC. The tournament is still not confirmed, with both
WFDF and the TOC awaiting answers from teams that enough can attend to make the
event viable. Teams now have until June 17 to respond, with a decision made by
mid-July this year as to whether it will go forward.
Dan Godbold presents his views on why the WFDF Kickstarter needs to succeed, not just for WUGC but for the sports wider goals.
I’ll put this bluntly to start off with: If the Kickstarter for the WUGC stream fails to raise all it needs, and even raise above that, you can kiss the Olympics goodbye.
Other people have espoused all the good that could come from this fundraiser. I will not be joining them (entirely), as this article will make clear. I believe that this Kickstarter is a risk, that it comes with a chance of failure, and that failure will have an effect.
The Grapevine – let’s be honest is anyone reading these headers anymore?
Many of you will have voted for the Team USA World Games team and they have successfully won Team of Year 2013!! Amazing! The UKU has employed two new people, Benji as the new Events Co-ordinator and a full time book keeper. Read here.
This weeks super sized The Grapevine has everything from Juniors to U23 to xEUCF 2013. Last weekend the UKU held the Junior Championships and an inaugural UKU Schools Championships in Birmingham. Airbadgers (Exeter) defended their junior title and Flux (Twycross House School, Leicester) took the schools number one spot, congratulations to them and keep up the great work! Full results here. Benji gets a little riled (as do many others: see the comments section) discussing incidental contacton his blog Understanding Ultimate. Tour 3 will be in Cardiff this weekend see how everyone fared in Nottingham with our coverage of Tour 2. All details for this final part of the regular season can be found here. Will anyone challenge Clapham or Iceni? Who will finish in that top 16 and in what order? Who is the fastest man in UK Ultimate? Keep your eyes on twitter with the hashtag #ukut3 for results and more! Barry O’Kane talks to Tim Morrill on speed and agility training for ultimate, a must listen on UTalkRaw! The Australian Flying Disc Association have released the WFDF preliminary U23 World Championship seedings. A huge good luck to all our U23 athletes, let’s go GB! The Secret Frizzer gives us more insight into the Tour 2 success of EMO through coach Joe Wynder and for Devon through their coach Sam Luxa. [UPDATED: interview with Alex Cragg by tSF here.] The TD’s of xEUCF need you! Volunteers make large tournaments run smoothly, think you got what it takes? Fancy visiting Bordeaux in September and getting the highest level ultimate in Europe too? Apply here. Finally, the Australian U23 Mixed squad have some quirky little videos on their YouTube channel. Check them out, what do you think about them?
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This weeks Grapevine mostly concentrates on the upcoming London’s Calling with a bit of extra news thrown in for you! Benji (Understanding Ultimate) tells us of a really cool (geeky too; but we love it) research project looking at how we throw. If you want to get involved read here…. Pittsburgh beat Central Florida to claim a back to back USA College Championship title, whilst Oregon take down Carleton for the Women’s top spot. London’s Calling is this weekend with teams from Europe mainland coming also, we are very excited here. We have our Open and Women’s previews, whilst… The Secret Frizzer gives us their insights into the upcoming weekend, and… PushPass also release some footage of last years Nationals along with opinions on games to watch at T1! More exciting news: we at tSG have partnered up with Get Horizontal – Europe’s premier Ultimate magazine – and have started this off with a post on how we do mixed! As ever Barry O’Kanes podcast UTalkRaw has a great episode talking to the Australian Ultimate filming company ultiTV, go listen here. The American media site Ultiworld tells us the top contender for U23 in the Open division, watch our guys this weekend in the U23 showgame vs Ireland. You might even see tSG at the show game. The TD’s of xEUCF have just brought online the website, where they will score report, offer news and more! Super exciting news: The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Friday the 31st of May 2013 to grant the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) provisional IOC recognition during their meeting in St Petersburg (Russia). From WFDF we got this and notably this.
Love Get Horizontal? Love The Show Game? Well we have partnered up now, awesome right?!
Excited? We certainly are, the season is in full flow and we have so much coming up. Stay tuned on fb, twitter and more. Remember #ukut1 for this weekends action. tSG
Every Friday – A summary of some of the latest Ultimate based posts from UK, Europe and beyond… Ka-Pow! repeat last year’s win at the DED warm-up, write up by Eddy Van Der Kloot. Our friend and contributor Mark Earley gives us another great interview with the Ireland u23 Open coach Leo Yoshida. Barry O’Kane talks to the one and only Ultimate Rob in Episode 15 and aforementioned Mark Earley in Episode 16 (with a great shout-out cheers Mark!) on UTalkRaw. UKU AGM takes place at MT2 in Manchester, agenda here. PushPass have filmed 20 games at Uni Nationals, buy and watch for only £8.99. Also check out the latest post in ‘Drama‘ discussing the recent ESPN/USA Ultimate deal. Cardiff beat Swansea in their University varsity, watch some footage here. WFDF announces the number of preliminary slots countries are allocated for their club teams at WUCC 2014 in Italy. The GB World Games team was announced a fortnight ago for Cali 2013
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