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Frisbee programme thrown funding boost

Sep 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, Sport

CAUGHT UP: Jen Geard catches the disc with Bekah Neal (in yellow) in the background.

THE Ultimate frisbee programme in schools recently received a $16,000 boost from Sport Wellington, the independent body for sport in Wellington.

The funding was used to provide packs for coaches to use in physical education classes, as well as for use in the leagues outside of school, says Wellington Disc Sports schools co-ordinator Bekah Neal.

WDS hopes to set up a coaching plan and manuals for the programme, which schools include in their curricula.

Former WDS committee member Martin Wilson says that would mean the Ultimate in Schools programme would not have to “re-invent the wheel every year or two”.

The programme stimulates students’ interest in the organised version of frisbee, which is a mix of American football and netball. Students are encouraged to join an after-school league.

Martin, who is involved with the after-school leagues, says there are five winter and summer leagues, with up to eight teams from up to six colleges participating.

Schools participating in the league include Wellington Boys High School, Wellington High School, Onslow College, Herertaunga College, St Patricks College and Taita College.

Bekah Neal says there will be two student tournaments a year, one indoor and one outdoor.

These tournaments will be a chance for players to demonstrate their abilities in a bid to secure a spot on the national under-19 team.

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