The UK Skills Clinic is an intensive, weekend-long training camp aimed at teaching solid fundamentals as well as various other tricks of the trade.
We have been fortunate enough to secure some of the world’s finest players and coaches to run this event, including members of Team Australia, Canada, Great Britain and USA.
In addition, we’re proud to be supporting Early Recognition Is Critical (E.R.I.C.) by donating £5 from every registration to help teach young people about body and cancer symptom awareness.
The theme of the weekend was variety, so even each warm-up was different. The entire group was warmed up by Jonathan “Goose” Helton on Saturday morning, two huge lines of 100 people facing each other, with coaches repeating the instructions down the middle. After lunch, Moe Sameshima led a Japanese style warm-up, complete with synchronized clapping and Japanese instructions; the crowd lapped it up.
Sunday morning’s warm-up was led by John McNaughton who put us through a Barramundis routine with the biggest warm-up circle ever seen (and finished off with a huge group hug), while Jimmy Mickle took charge after lunch.
On Sunday, I wanted to do something different, as well as give our coaches a chance to work with someone new, so our coaches paired up and worked with slightly larger groups for around one hour.
Beau Kitteridge & Mish Phillips teamed up to teach team defense, Brett Matzuka & Goose taught vertical stack patterns, Jimmy & Dylan Freechild worked on cutting as a team in horizontal stack, Mario O’Brien & Cat Phillips taught how to time cutter movement with handler resets, while Brummie got to work on “Hasami”, a Japanese team defense with Moe. Hasami means “scissors” in Japanese and is a coordinated defense of systematic poaching and switching that was really, really fun to learn.
Even some intense downpours couldn’t dampen the mood, and we overran by an hour as people just couldn’t get enough. Maybe next time we’ll do three days.
Here’s a few quotes from people who attended the clinic:
“Possibly the best day of my life. Meeting and talking to all those people which I look up to so much was absolutely incredible.”
“Overall this event was great for reminding me and understanding about the foundations of ultimate and having the chance to meet some outstanding players worldwide who cared about making sure I understood the different types of plays and formations to develop my game further in a very friendly and unstressful environment.”
“[Brummie’s] session on defensive movement was the most physically demanding, and perhaps eye opening from the weekend. It has changed the way I train and it will change the way I play”
“It’s worth pointing out that the selected coaches were not only the most popular players in the world but also really kind and approachable people in person. No sign of arrogance or being too good to coach a bunch of beginners.”
“Learned a huge amount, and had a humongous amount of fun. The coaches were some of the most humble and nicest people I have ever met (I don’t even think most of them realise just how much we idolise them), and were awesome teachers.”
“We’ve already used one of the drills from the weekend (Alex’s defence drill) at our university training!”
“All the coaches were down-to-earth, able to adapt to each player as well as sharing their personal top tips which were a great insight.”