This past April 18th, the first leg of the Ministry of Education’s Ultimate Frisbee Development Initiative kicked off at SMK Derma in Kangar, Perlis without about 50 students, teachers and Department of Education staff involved. With a goal of helping to connect every student to sports, the Satu Murid, Satu Sukan Programme programme has recognized the potential of Ultimate to help them reach their vision. An initial clinic in every state capital will be followed by a one day state-level tournament that will lead to an October tournament in Selangor with winners from every state capital.
This grassroots development programme, is being organized by GSP with the support of corporate partner TRIO and UPAM (Ultimate Players Association of Malaysia), our emerging national Ultimate association. Encik Ismail Ibrahim, Deputy Director in the Sports Division of the Ministry of Education, believes a foundation is being laid for long term growth of the sport. “If the program is successful this year, next year we can expand it even further.”
For those wondering “Why 3 on 3?” the answer is budget cutbacks due to the flood relief efforts earlier this year. Yet perhaps there is a silver lining. With only three per side, each player is sure to touch the disc more often than in a normal Ultimate setting. Ben Ong, President of UPAM, endorsed this modified approach as his early days of Ultimate were on a concrete court playing…yes, three on three! Even today he can still enjoy a good game of 3 on 3…maybe you should give it a try!
Recently Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) hosted their first ever Ultimate tournament, the 2015 GSP-UUM Ultimate Invitational. Eight men’s teams and four women’s teams participated with more than 140 players competing including teams such as UiTM (Both Perlis and Penang), IKBN Jitra, UUM and even two teams from Perak – Ipoh Bugs and Ipoh 4.3.
With beautiful fields, just a touch of rain, separate divisions for men and women and even one field set aside for beginners from one of UUM’s many colleges, it was a great day of Ultimate for all present. In the end, UITM Perlis managed to edge out Ipoh Bugs in the men’s championship match 9-8 while the Ipoh Bugs came out champions in the women’s division.
Thanks to UUM media producers, we ended up with a bit of footage on YouTube – check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuSQonaZqCw What is clear to all is that Ultimate is on the move in the north…
More than two hundred students heard the Ultimate sales pitch recently at PTSS in Pauh Putra, Perlis. For Adam, Weng Kit and Douglas it was a bit overwhelming but thank goodness, the students enjoyed the introduction … and not quite that many found their way to the field for developing some skills. By the end, those who stayed not only had a great time but are looking forward to taking part in the upcoming 2014 GSP-IKBN Jitra Ultimate Frisbee Fun Day on November 8th. Adam was able to invest focused time in a number of the guys with obvious potential – Thanks to En Hasnizam of Pusat Sukan for his warm welcome!
During the month of August, two SMKs in Pahang hosted Ultimate Clinics. With the help of some Fulbright staff, GSP was able to teach some 40 plus students how to play the great sport of Ultimate. The students of SMK Teluk Cempedak in Kuantan had already had some experience playing Ultimate thanks to Fulbright teacher, Mark. The students were excited to learn more about the game and to improve their skills. The clinic also allowed Mark to recruit more players so that the sport would continue to grow at his school. The students did a great job and the newbies learned quickly. Now, Mark is preparing his students to face two more schools in October.
Later in the month, SMK Bukit Damar in Lanchang hosted a clinic for its students. Fulbright staff, Cassi, had introduced the sport about two weeks before, so the students had an idea of what to do. We were able to help the students improve their throwing skills and better understand some rules of the game. The students were quick learners and some of them excelled in their throwing abilities. It was great to see that Cassi was able to recruit around 8 females to join. The girls did a great job playing co ed after the clinic. Now, Cassi is preparing her students to face SMK TC in a tournament in October. The tournament will feature 3 SMKs and will be held at SMK Bukit Damar on October 2.
Thanks to both Mark and Cassi for their love of Ultimate and desire to see the sport expand in Pahang. Stay tuned for more updates on how Ultimate is moving into Kuantan and Beyond.
Project Coordinator Kuantan
A big thanks to all who came out for the GSP-AIMST Aerofoil Ultimate Frisbee Fun Day Tourney 2014 hosted by AIMST university and their frisbee team Aerofoil. Congratulations to the AIMST mens team who took home first prize and the Frisbeasts, a mixed team from Penang island who took home first prize in the women’s division. 11 teams with arounds 100 players total competed for first prize from 10 am until 4 pm on April 12, 2014. Some new frisbee clubs in northern Malaysia now have two tournaments under their belts and are looking forward to continuing to improve their skills. If you are interesting in bringing a team to our next tournament please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a note from a GSP franchise in KSA regarding ultimate
Here is a not from a Global Sports Parters franchise in KSA!!Here is a not from a Global Sports Parters franchise in KSA!!Global Sports Partners has been teaching Ultimate frisbee among the International Schools in Saudi Arabia. The children in the area are in desperate need of new ways to exercise and to have fun. With obesity on the rise giving children, teens, and adults a new way to be active is in high demand. Ultimate Frisbee has been well accepted at every school GSP has taught at and we hope for good results in the coming weeks at new schools.