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Chair’s Blog October

So the last month definitely went quicker than expected! What happened for UKFL in October I hear you ask…well it wasn’t as busy as September but we certainly have some things to shout about!

October saw racing return to Scotland with their first event back at Errol since covid lockdown and I understand it was a superb event.  A huge thank you to The Flying Scots for continuing to fly the UKFL flag in the Scottish region.

Northants Flyball Team were the first to host using the UKFL cache of matting for hire and what an incredible event it was.  A cracking new addition to the diary with some more dates now added to 2022 and thank you to Northants for taking the plunge and hosting.

We would like to give a warm welcome to Tasha James from Essex who has taken on the challenge of becoming the UKFL admin officer which means she will be responsible for processing your hard earned points and results after each event as well as other tasks.  Welcome to the team and I am sure that you will be an incredible asset.

Our Junior Members continue to work hard earning points with their Fledge challenges and it was nice to see some of the Halloween pictures this month.

Following some recent feedback our Head and Regional Mentors are working on developing an updated Event Host guide highlighting all your need to know information when it comes to hosting and we are working on an easy step by step guide to IScribe for those who want to embrace technology and our paperless systems.

As you all know, UKFL prides itself on being innovative and forward thinking and we really do take on board the views and comments of the membership and that is why we have developed and recently announced our new financial backing and buddy system for new event hosts.  We are very much aware that hosting an event is a huge step to take for any team and one of the primary concerns highlighted to us was financial viability.  For that reason we want to remove those concerns and we will financially support any new hosts with their first event.  We are hoping that this will encourage those teams who have been thinking of hosting to take the plunge and fill some of those gaps in our 2022 diary and beyond so if you are interested then please contact us.

This last weekend saw Tails We Win Flyball Teams host at their new indoor venue at Holly Lodge with the Spooktacular Event which involved treats, fancy dress and face painting!

I think it is important that we recognise and thank those teams that do already host and provide us with some truly incredible events throughout the Year.  UKFL would not be where it is without the commitment and dedication of our host teams.

Finally I just want to take a moment to reflect as UKFL really starts to build momentum again.  UKFL was born out of a desire to support and a commitment to do better and we can only do this by continuing to work together.  Each and every one of us shares the same passion about flyball.  We all have the desire to be the best handler, captain, trainer or member that we can be so please continue to work together, support one another and together we will achieve!!

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Chair’s Blog

September has been an epic month for UKFL with so much happening.  I thought I would write a little reminder about all the achievements and updates to keep all of you lovely members in the loop.

September saw a return to indoor racing at Newark hosted by Junkyard Dogs who offered an extra award to their chosen “Junkyard Dog of the Day.”  The awards went to Merry from Waveney to recognise the lovely working relationship between dog and junior handler and also to Kobe from Tails to recognise the achievements of a first time handler and the dogs first ever league event.

The firm favourite venue of Oswestry also returned which saw Storm Chasers celebrating their 10th birthday but also highlighted the fundraising efforts of one special “not so little” lady Emma Wagg who set herself a mission of racing 12 dogs over a single weekend ably supported by numerous other flyball teams and members to ensure that she succeeded.  Emma continues in her fundraising efforts for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.

Oswestry was also the event which saw Tails We Win bring the British and European Records back under UKFL racing to an incredible time of 14.53 with still more in the tank I believe so watch this space as they are certainly not done yet!

UKFL has also been represented at a number of dog events throughout the Country including Dogfest Events at Knebworth and Cirencester and Paws in the Park which included an event hosted by All4One.  A huge thank you to all those teams and individuals who represented us at these events and acted as Ambassadors for our sport and league.  You did an incredible job.

The 2022 diary is starting to fill up nicely with some exciting events and new venues planned and we hope to see more UKFL Teams taking the plunge.  With this in mind we do have an exciting new announcement to make for those Teams who are considering hosting for the first time so keep your eye on the Hub!

We have welcomed two new members to our Social Media Team so a huge welcome to Paul Horgan and Vicky Jones.

There have also been a number of Crufts Qualifiers taking place throughout the Country and a huge congratulations to Molten Magnets, Southern Striders and All4One for racing your paws off to qualify.  We look forward to seeing you representing us on the famous green carpet.

We have recently announced the three teams that will be representing our league at the Flyball World Championships in Belgium next Year and I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Essex, Cambridgeshire and Tails We Win Teams all the very best as they now prepare for what may be the largest competition they have competed in.  I am sure they will all do us proud.

Finally just a reminder that the league cannot drive forward and develop without the Team of fabulous volunteers working as the cogs in this fantastic machine.  I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our officials, volunteers and not forgetting our event hosts.  You all play such a big part in the development and operation of the league and your work often goes without recognition so thank you for everything you do.

If you would like to take a more active part in the league then we are seeking to fill a number of roles.  We are desperately seeking an organised admin officer to take on a number of responsibilities but most importantly to upload all of those DOUBLE POINTS that your dogs are now earning!! We also still need dedicated regional mentors in Scotland and Wales and are looking to expand our Tech Team so if you fancy a challenge and seeing what happens on the inside of the League then please get in touch.

Lets see what October brings but September it has been a blast.  UKFL is back!!

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The Magnificent 12

Last weekend, junior member Emma Wagg completed a challenge she had set herself to raise money for a local Cancer Charity which had looked after her Nanna, who sadly passed away last year.  The challenge was to run 12 flyball dogs at a competition.  Her mother Carolyn Wagg commented “there aren’t the words to describe how  proud I am of Emma.  She struggled a little with the grief losing her Nanna but she’s used those feelings and channeled her energy into doing something positive”.  A big thank you to all the owners who happily lent their dogs.  A huge shout out to Emma, well done.

If you would like to make a donation, https://www.lingendavis.co.uk

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma12in12

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New European record by UKFL team Tails We Win

UKFL team Tails We Win regained the European Flyball record this weekend at the Storm Chasers competition at Oswestry, the second time they  have broken the record at that venue.  The previous weekend the Belgian team Roadrunners ran 14.59 to take the record, which had been held by Tails for over 3 years.  Tails managed a superb 14.53.  The team line up was Shannon Bobbi Harvey ran Salam start, Ross Payne and Kenickie 2nd,  Megan Lamont and Wiggie  3rd with Helen Welch running Ginny anchor.   Side bar, Ginny happens to be Wiggie’s sister.  It is all the more remarkable as Ginny was drafted in at the last minute as height dog. Both Kenickie and Ginny are owned by Helen Welch, wow lucky Helen owning 2 of the 4 dogs in the team.  A quote from Ross, “the right words are hard to come by to explain the feeling of breaking a record in the A team.  It is mentally exhausting. the pressure and expectations,  all come into play.  Sometimes what looks so easy on paper is practically impossible on the day.  you might try and fail a thousand times, as when by our original 14.64 standing for over 3 years.  The emotion of finally piecing everything together and seeing, hearing and feeling that occasion is a high like I cannot describe.

 

 

 

 

 

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UKFL at DogFest

So this weekend for the first time, UKFL had a stand at the DogFest event at Knebworth House.  A huge thank you to all our members and the young members, the youngest being 2 years old including Braveheart who gave of their time to attend the event and be ambassadors for our league and also a huge thank you to the teams that provided the demonstrations to showcase our much loved sport.  Be Right Back, Cambridgeshire, Bravehearts and Wooferines.

The next Dogfest the UKFL will be attending is being held at Cirencester Park 18th/19th September, the demos will be provided by Northants Falcons and Phoenix. Our Head Mentor and representatives from Mad Mutts Flyball Team will be in attendance to answer any questions or queries so if any members are around or fancy a day out then pop along, say hello and wear your UKFL or team shirt with pride.