The Ghana Flying Disc Association (GFDA) has received 30 pieces of high-quality Ultimate Frisbee discs from the Greater Rochester Area Disc Association (GRADA) in New York.
The provision of the dics, which were manufactured by Discraft, were facilitated by Prof. Damien Duchamp. The donation was aimed at supporting the association’s development and promotion of Ultimate Frisbee in Ghana.
Presenting the items during a mini-workshop at the University of Ghana, Prof Duchamp also took students through the principle of the spirit of the game, basic skills, and knowledge needed to play ultimate Frisbee. The event saw a large number of girls participating alongside their male colleagues.
The president of the GFDA, Desmond Kwame Mantey, expressed appreciation for the gift, hoping that the discs would go a long way in promoting the agenda of the GFDA in the various regions in the country.
Mr Mantey said the participation of girls is key for the development of the association, and hoped that serious efforts would be made to introduce the game to more girls’ institutions.
According to him, the association will ensure more female engagement in the game as efforts are made to introduce the game to more numbers of girls in schools within Accra as well as other regions.
In line with the agenda to promote disc sports in Ghana, the GFDA president said his outfit is looking forward to promoting the game in other Universities across the country.
“As part of our plans, GFDA will soon launch the GFDA National project 4, which will focus on ensuring that every region in Ghana has 4 clubs including schools and community clubs participating in disc sports games,” he disclosed.
He also expressed the hope that the introduction of the game to schools and communities will go a long to enhance the well-being of the youth as well as create a platform for girls’ participation.
GFDA president further believes that the spirit of the game principle will surely enhance the ethical behavior of the youth in diverse ways.
As a partner to the United Nations World Urban Campaign, Mr Mantey assured that GFDA will continue to support youth and sustainable development in Ghana through disc sports.
He reiterated GFDA’s appreciation to Prof Damien Duchamp and GRADA for supporting them with equipment. “As the project keeps growing in size and scope, GFDA looks forward to more support in other areas to help enhance the capacity of the technical department to effectively drive the development of elite athletes from the grassroots,” he stated.
Mr Mantey reaffirmed his readiness to working with GRADA and other stakeholders to help develop and train local coaches for the tasks ahead.
He also called on all stakeholders to come on board and support in the realisation of the association’s objective.