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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!!