The sport of Flying Disc, or popularly known as frisbee, will now move out of the beach to become part of ActiveSG's schools and clubs.
Being held in collaboration with the Ultimate Players Association (Singapore), a local non-profit organization governing all Flying Disc related activities in Singapore, the recently launched ActiveSG Flying Disc Club has already seen over 500 players from 20 teams competing in the annual event. The sports body is hoping to make it an official national sports association by the end of the year.
Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms. Grace Fu, who played a demo "Fly-Pass" with 20 top players recently, 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." More than that, the government is keen to promote the sport during social gatherings as a fitness alternative.
Singapore has more than 50 professional Flying Disc teams with several of them registered with UPA(S), besides several school teams from various Junior Colleges, Polytechnics, ITEs and Universities in Singapore. With more than 4,000 active Flying Disc players, most of them in the age group of 17 to 28, Singapore is keen to push for the sport ahead of the National Day celebrations.
Ms Ang Zi Wei, President of the UPA(S) said, "Flying Disc sports are attractive to youth as they are easy to pick up!... 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."
Initially, the ActiveSG Flying Disc Club will hold regular social play sessions on weekday evenings at its stadiums in Queenstown (Monday, 6.30pm-9pm), Woodlands (Thursday, 6.30pm-9pm) and Clementi (Friday, 6.30pm-9pm), and depending upon the response, it would be opened up in more locations, said the club.
Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief of ActiveSG said, "Flying Disc is one of the sports that has no or less barriers to learn and play. It can be played at open spaces by anyone regardless of age or fitness level. It brings families and friends together to have fun and allows people to make friends. Most importantly, ActiveSG Flying Disc Club gives another opportunity for Singaporeans to play and stay active."
Singapore is already a member of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), whose membership has reached 75, with the latest addition of five entrants -- Afghanistan, Lebanon, Moldova, Romania and Thailand.