|Date||4th - 5th February 2017|
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Mix & Mingle heads back to Ponds Forge for this edition, the 10th anniversary of the tournaments re-birth in Sheffield! We are also going to back to being ALL 80s for the theme to the whole weekend with plenty of old school tunes throughout the days and a themed party on the Saturday night.
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre is a World class sports venue and attracts some of the biggest and best National and International sporting events on offer.
For Ultimate use, the hall is split down the middle by way of a curtain and rebound boards, leaving two large pitches either side. Spectators can watch all the action from the viewing balcony or from behind the safety netting near the pitch entrances on the ground level. Only players and coaches should be standing on the sidelines of the pitches - this is a safety issue, and actually in the UKU Indoor Rules...
The foodetc. cafe offers a range of hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks; and is open from 9am until 8pm. This is also a fully licensed bar and has two flat screen TVs for watching the days live sporting action. Water from the taps around Ponds Forge is NOT suitable for drinking so you should get drinking water from the Cafe, though we may have large containers near the pitch area.
A few venue rules:
~ Competitors' shoes MUST have non-marking soles. Any player spotted wearing the wrong footwear can, and will, be removed from the hall by the TD at any time.
~ There is very little warm-up space! Discs MUST NOT be thrown in the reception area or near any doors or fire exits. Any players warming up (e.g. running) or throwing discs may be asked to stop by centre staff or the TD.
~ Fire exits MUST be kept clear at all times. The doors should ONLY be used in an emergency as they are all ALARMED.
We'd recommend only bringing a car to the venue if you have to so if you can leave it at your accommodation, you may wish to consider it. Car parking at Ponds Forge is now pay and display and the charges are noted below. The car park is only small but discounted parking is available at the neighbouring Q-Park (which now works out cheaper). I am told it is now £6 for up to 24 hours if you get a voucher from Ponds Forge reception. Further price details are below.
Ponds Forge rates are:
20 min free
2 hours £2.00
4 hours £4.00
6 hours £5.50
12 hours £10.00
24 hours £14.00
For 2 hours and above you will receive a £2.00 voucher which can be spent in the café.
Discounted Q-Park rates (with Ponds Forge voucher):
1-5 hours £1.00 per hour
6-24 hours £6.00
The taps at Ponds Forge do not provide drinking water (though if you don't object to lukewarm untreated water you are welcome to it) so you need to fill up your bottles from the water containers in the cafe. To make it easier on yourself, we would advise bringing at least a couple of litres of water with you, to save having to queue up for more.
Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer accommodation for this event. There, however, are a number of hotels close to Ponds Forge, or get in touch with your Sheffield friends for a free or cheaper alternative! If you get really stuck we may be able to help out but this is not at all guaranteed so please consider your accommodation before entering the event.
The following are all just a short walk from Ponds Forge:
We have 24 teams once again this year which provides a fairly tight schedule, but there are plenty of matches for all teams.
Round 1: 4 pools with 6 teams in each
Round 2: Cross-overs in the 5-12 and 13-20 brackets
Round 3: Quarter-finals (1-8, 9-16, 17-24)
Round 4: Semi-finals
Round 5: Finals
Top and bottom placed teams in Round 1 have one less game on the weekend (due to not having a crossover) but do get later starts on Sunday.
We've dabbled with the party theme for a couple of years but, in 2017, for our 10th anniversary, we return to ALL 80's!!
The party will take place at the Sky Bar, Vodka Revolution on Fitzwilliam Street (just off Devonshire Green). We have our own private room and bar from 9pm until close (1am).
As per usual, DJ Tom Styles will be playing all the retro tunes to keep you entertained all night long. The full Revolution bar menu is available in the Sky Bar.
Fancy dress is not required but is certainly encouraged. We have had some excellent costumes in the past so let's make some effort for this 10th birthday party shall we?!
To gain access to the party, you will need to purchase a wristband. These are £3 and are only available to purchase from the TD desk at Ponds Forge during Saturday. We will not be able to sell tickets on the door. The Revolution door staff will be aware of what wristbands to expect.
More info to follow...