Womens Development

The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee scene in London is really growing. Teams like Iceni, SYC, Crown Jewels and Discie Chicks have been around for a number of seasons, and new teams like Phoenix and Vurve are springing into the scene.


In September 2014, representatives from London clubs and universities met to discuss the growth of Women’s Ultimate. The forum set out the aim to boost participation, development and connections of female Ultimate players in and around London. It was agreed that all girls should have the opportunity to experience Women’s Ultimate, and that clubs could help by providing free women’s skills sessions.


So far, the contribution has been fantastic. Women’s clubs all over London have been involved in pushing the Ultimate scene. Over the winter, Vurve held a women’s layout clinic. Iceni ran an event for International Women’s Ultimate Weekend. SYC hosted “SYC Sundays” for all female players. Crown Jewels lead open sessions on weeknights.


Individual players have made great contributions as well. Fowzia Mahmood organised a Women’s Halloween hat tournament. Lauren Bryant ran student clinics in the lead up to University Women’s Nationals. This is to name just a few - many teams and individuals have contributed to the growth of sessions open to female players. Most sessions cater for all levels for anyone who wants to join in, and each session sees improvements in beginners and experienced players.


Kaleigh Maietta took the lead in running Ultimate clinics for female students across London. A former captain of the current European champions Iceni, Kaleigh really enjoys coaching. This year, she has been particularly impressed with the number of new players.


“London Women’s Ultimate is developing by leaps and bounds,” Kaleigh said. “Lots of women are coming to all levels of skill days, and everyone is learning loads!”


The sessions have been a positive resource for promoting Women’s Ultimate and show noticeable development of new players. The girls get game experience at the sessions which encourages them to play at tournaments and help get them hooked to the sport. There has been tremendous feedback from participants as well. We see familiar faces returning to sessions which has been great for boosting connections of London women Ultimate players.


Vanessa Lowe recognised the need for a place where female players could search for pick-ups and games, learn about team trials and open sessions, and find friends nearby to go throwing. She created a Facebook Groups appropriately titled “London Women’s Ultimate Frisbee”.


On the main page Vanessa wrote: “The community of women playing Ultimate in London is growing rapidly, which is great news, we’ve created this open group for any lady in (or around) London to get better connected to fellow female Ultimate players!”


If you have ideas or if you would like to get involved in the London Ultimate student coaching initiative, please get in touch:


London Women’s Ultimate Frisbee https://www.facebook.com/groups/1453875911496652/

 

Contributors: Alia Ayub, Lauren Bryant, Vanessa Lowe and Fowzia Mahmood