MORE players will be taking up Ultimate Frisbee with the game's inception as part of the National Services (NS) programme with its pilot project at three camps – Kuala Kubu Baru, Semenyih and Paya Indah.
A total of 480 trainees from this month's intake will have a feel of the fast-paced game.
Each camp will have 160 players in 16 teams – eight boys' and eight girls' sides.
During the one-day training visit to each camp from April 4 to 6, the coaching crew will first introduce the game to four camp trainers.
They will then serve as facilitators in spreading the game to the trainees.
“We are excited about the prospect of introducing the game to the NS trainees. They will be playing the game during their afternoon recreational time, twice a week,” said Global Sports Partners (M) Sdn Bhd development director Douglas Ladner.
Each camp, divided into four groups, will be represented by two boys’ and two girls’ teams from each group.
A total of eight boys' and eight girls' teams will take part in the seven-week league matches.
Following the round-robin matches, a knockout Fun Day competition is also lined up for June 3 at each camp.
Besides getting the nod from the Defence Ministry, it has also secured the sponsorship from Digi, a telecommunication firm, to shoulder half the cost of providing disks to the trainees.
A total of 1,500 disks have been ordered for the purpose and each trainee will be given a disk.
Meanwhile, the recent Ultimate Frisbee Fun Day held at Padang Varsiti, Universiti Malaya, drew almost 100 adults.
“Although the turnout was not as good as we expected, the participants were keen on trying out the game.
“Nevertheless, we have achieved our aim in providing the opportunity for the public to have a go,” said Ladner, referring to the participants’ enthusiasm by playing for more than four hours under the scorching morning sun.
Players from Inti College, Taylor’s college, Astaka Ultimate community group and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam also turned up for the occasion.
Two other tertiary education institutions – Universiti Pen-didikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) – have also joined in the fray of Ultimate playing teams.
“It was also as a warm-up for the Inti Open Ultimate competition hosted at Inti College in Nilai on the following a week after the Fun Day,” added Ladner.
Another positive note from the Fun Day was Universiti Malaya sports centre services deputy director Afizal Abu Othman’s invitation to Ultimate players to utilise the university field (Padang Varsiti) on Saturday from 9am to 11am for their weekend practice.
“We appreciate the university's kind gesture in helping us promote the game. It also enables the regulars who have been playing at Padang Astaka to share the game with students at the campus,” said Ladner.
Beginners that require extra coaching are urged to turn up early in order to pick up a few pointers from trainer Caroll Morten.
Those interested can visit www.ultimatemalaysia.com or call 012-307 5735 (Jyn) for more details.