Monday 18 October 2010
Ultimate Frisbee is a highly competitive sport which combines athletic prowess with acrobatic feats and break-neck pace to attract the attention of even the most sceptical spectator.
And now the nation’s finest players have landed in Coventry after selecting The Alan Higgs Centre, which is managed by Coventry Sports Foundation, as a training base during the run up to the 2011 European and 2012 World Ultimate Championships.
Great Britain is ranked among the top five Ultimate nations in the world alongside Canada, the USA, Japan and Australia. The popularity of the sport continues to grow throughout the country, largely due to the popularity of the game within British universities.
Graeme Truswell, Coventry Sports Foundation’s manager at The Alan Higgs Centre, said: “We are delighted that the Great Britain Ultimate team has chosen to use the facilities here at The Alan Higgs Centre as they prepare for the two most important tournaments in their calendar.
“The fact we are able to play to host international athletes is a badge of honour for our centre and another fantastic endorsement of The Alan Higgs Centre’s quality.
“We are sure they will be happy during their time here and we look forward to supporting them every step of the way.”
Competitors from locations as far flung as Scotland and Plymouth will travel to the venue, in Allard Way, as the Great Britain Men’s, Women’s and mixed Ultimate teams hone their skills.
Simon Hill, chief executive of UK Ultimate, said: “It is an important time in the calendar for us as we are just coming up to the European Championships, which will be followed by the World Championships in 2012.
“We will use our time at the Alan Higgs Centre to trim down our squads to between 22 and 28 players as we prepare for competition.
“We chose to train here, not only because it is in the Midlands which makes sense in terms of travel for most of our members, but also because of the quality of the playing and conference facilities.
“The rubber-crumb pitches are ideal for us as our sport tends to involve a lot of diving around, which you cannot really do on sand-based artificial pitches.
“Having the indoor facilities is also a bonus, especially as the wet weather approaches, because groundsmen tend to get quite annoyed when their pitches get torn up in those sorts of conditions!”
A basic guide to Ultimate Frisbee:
Teams are made up of seven players.
The sport is played on a field around the size of a football pitch with scoring zones at each end.
A point is scored when an attacking player catches the Frisbee in the scoring zone.
Players cannot run with the Frisbee, they must stop and pass, similar to netball.
Ultimate is non-contact – players must intercept rather than tackle.
There are no officials - the game is refereed by the players themselves.