The Ghana Flying Disc Association (GFDA) has commenced its long anticipated maiden Ultimate Frisbee league championship for community clubs in Accra.
The league, which commenced on March 27, 2022, will run till July, and will create the opportunity for the youth to exhibit their talent in Ultimate Frisbee.
The maiden league involves six clubs, namely Osu Ultimate Club, Fricks Ultimate Stars, La 1st Win Ultimate Club, Nungua Ultimate Club and Social Disc-tance Ultimate Club, made up of experienced expatriate players.
The first game of the league was played between La 1stWin Ultimate Club and Fricks Ultimate Stars. The game was won by La 1stWin Ultimate by 15 goals to 6
The President of the GFDA, Desmond Mantey, in his interaction with the media, disclosed plans to start the league in other regions in the coming month, as well as create the opportunity for the youth in those areas to enjoy the exciting game of Ultimate Frisbee.
According to him, the nature of the Ultimate Frisbee game presents a perfect opportunity for nurturing of essential soft skills such as honesty, communication, critical thinking, dispute resolution etc., adding that such efforts must be made to promote the game to more youth within communities across the country.
He said plans were far advanced by the technical department to form a junior and a senior national team in the course of the league to represent mother Ghana in future WFDF and AAFDF sanctioned events.
Mr. Samuel Abraham, the Greater Accra Regional Flying Disc Association chairman, also emphasised that youth development is one of the key agenda of the GFDA
“More of such platforms will be created to support the development of our youth, including girls, in the months ahead. Supporting the achievement of the UN SDG is one of key aims of the GFDA and as such the Ultimate Frisbee game has made it possible for the association to promote sports for development and further support realization of the SDGs,” he said.
Meanwhile, GFDA hosted its first Disc Golf event on the April 2, 2022. The event gave young disc golf athletes in Accra the opportunity to taste the exciting disc golf event for the first time. The competition was won by Michael Kwabena Mahama, an artist and a young and promising disc golfer, looking forward to represent Ghana in international competitions.
The association is in discussions with the Paul McBeth Foundation from the USA to partner and support efforts to effectively develop and promote disc golf in Ghana. The GFDA agenda to promote the disc sports game to all regions of Ghana is on course and other regional associations will soon intensify efforts to promote the game in the coming months and further ensure that more girls are given the opportunity to play disc sports for good health and overall wellbeing.
The GFDA is therefore calling on all stakeholders to join and support efforts to promote the disc sport games for youth, social and economic development.