ActiveSG Flying Disc Club launched to help more youths develop interest in the sport

National ultimate frisbee player Janssen Tan (in red) and former national player Bryan Goh showcasing frisbeeat the prelude event of GetActive! Singapore at Sentosa on March 19, 2017.
National ultimate frisbee player Janssen Tan (in red) and former national player Bryan Goh showcasing frisbeeat the prelude event of GetActive! Singapore at Sentosa on March 19, 2017. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

SINGAPORE - Sport Singapore on Sunday (June 4) launched the ActiveSG Flying Disc Club in conjunction with the Ultimate Players Association (Singapore), a local non-profit organisation governing all flying disc-related activities in Singapore.

Flying disc sports, more commonly known as frisbee, are played using a disc. The most popular format is Ultimate, where two teams score against each other by passing the disc to a team-mate in the opposing end zone. The ActiveSG club could not use frisbee in its name owing to trademark issues.

The flying disc club is the latest entrant to SportSG's host of sports academies, which include football, badminton, basketball, tennis, athletics and outdoor adventure.

SportSG, the governing body for sports in Singapore, hopes the club's launch will help promote the sport among those aged 17 and under, with most of the sport's 4,000 active players in Singapore ranging from 17 to 28 years old.

SportSG chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin said UPA(S) will work closely with the Singapore Sports Institute and said the flying disc body could become an official national sports association by the end of the year. SportSG is helping UPA(S) develop a coaching framework and high-performance pathway.

The ActiveSG Flying Disc Club was launched at the UPA(S) Mixed Nationals, which saw over 500 players from 20 teams competing at the Kallang Field.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who participated in a flying disc "Fly-Pass" at the event, said: "Flying Disc sports, such as Ultimate, are easy to pick up, exciting to play and watch, and very popular among the youths.

"The new ActiveSG Flying Disc Club will grow these sports further, particularly for people who wish to continue after school.

"I hope this will encourage more people to get active even after leaving school."

UPA(S) president Ang Zi Wei said: "Flying Disc sports are attractive to youth as they are easy to pick up. Through the ActiveSG Flying Disc Club, there will be more opportunities for youth to learn, play and develop their interest in the sport."

The ActiveSG Flying Disc Club will be organising regular social play sessions on weekday evenings at ActiveSG stadiums in Queenstown (Monday, 6.30pm-9pm), Woodlands (Thursday, 6.30pm-9pm) and Clementi (Friday, 6.30pm-9pm).

Members of the public who want to play the sport can join these sessions. Admission is free and more information can be found at www.myactivesg.com/academy/Flying-Disc-Club.

UPA(S)'s Ang added: "While the sport has a large youth following, flying disc sports also engage older adults as it provides a convenient avenue for corporates to keep fit and socialise outside of work hours.

"This is why the planned social play sessions organised by the ActiveSG Flying Disc Club will be ideal for those who want to pick up the sport in a less competitive environment."