ALMA – A day of development and skills training proved to be just what was needed by Pictou County Ultimate Frisbee, as a new first-time clinic brought out all levels and new players to improve their skills.
The organization has a busy summer league with students coming home from university and other factors, but after noticing there weren’t a lot of women involved in the winter league, members set out to change that and create an approachable and easy way for women to become involved in the sport.
The workshop brought out players from all levels and around six new players who were interested in trying the sport for the first time and learning some new skills. The camp was a free drop-in set up with space at the Northumberland Regional High School gym being donated for use.
“It’s a fun thing to do on a Saturday morning,” said Ali Hayward, one of the PCU members who helped put on the camp.
Some people from the local league, as well as players from different parts of the province, attended to learn how to improve their game in the growing sport. Hayward added that anyone interested in playing is more than welcome to stop by during practices and learn how to play.
In total, 27 women turned out to the event to make it a success. After the proven interest in the event, Hayward added that they plan to offer additional sessions for women at Parkdale in New Glasgow once the field dries out enough to play on. Additional sessions will be scheduled on Wednesday nights with details to be posted on their Facebook page.
“It’s a fun, co-ed sport, it’s very welcoming,” she said. “There’s lots of opportunities to learn.”
Not only does the league host different levels of players but different levels of competition as well. Hayward added that some teams are more laid back and for fun while others can be more competitive and travel for tournaments.
“There’s a lot of people happy to share their knowledge,” she added. You can find Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook by searching the league name.
Gabriela Woolcock tries her hand at Ultimate Frisbee for the first time during the PCU women’s skill building camp. (Brimicombe photo)