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A Sad Farewell


Dear friends,

I have some disappointing news to share with all of you. For those of you who may not have heard yet, we will be closing our European office by the end of this year.

We decided to open an office in Amsterdam several years ago because we wanted to serve the European ultimate community better. Five was, and still is, eager to be involved in the growth and development of European ultimate. Unfortunately, however, the business model is not sustainable in its current form, and we are not entirely happy with the product we are delivering to customers. Due to these issues, as well as other challenges we are facing, we are being forced to close our doors here in Amsterdam.

Starting as soon as next month, we will begin sending all team orders directly through our Seattle office. Our team reps in Seattle are at the ready to answer any questions you may have about changes to our order process and how they might affect you. The European online store will continue running through late December, at which point we will be closing the office completely.

Five is so honored to have been a part of the European ultimate community over the past few years, and we really hope to continue to serve the European market moving forward. Leaving Amsterdam is really tough for us, and we honestly wish we did not have to do it. However, we believe that you deserve the best product and best service, and we know that we are not providing that right now. Our goal is to make sure that we improve our products and processes, and we hope to be back on the ground in Europe again someday in the future.

On a personal note, I am devastated that things turned out this way. This was unexpected, and to be honest, I am still processing what it means for me moving forward. I will be leaving the company at the end of this year, and I am really sad that my time at Five Ultimate is ending this way. I love this community and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work in ultimate with so many amazing people over the past 6 years.

On a more positive note, I want to thank you for welcoming me into your European ultimate community with such open arms and hearts. You’ve given me such a warm welcome, in fact, that I have decided to remain in Europe after I leave Five. I hope to continue playing club ultimate in Amsterdam, and I look forward to seeing many of you on the field in the future!

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Much love,


Photo credit: Raf Celis from Get Horizontal

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