Max Pettenuzzo

Max Pettenuzzo

Ultimate Frisbee finding its groove with Victoria youth

Last spring a group of players got together to create more opportunities for young people to play the game

  • Apr. 21, 2014 12:00 p.m.

A plan to encourage youth to take part in Ultimate Frisbee is growing by leaps and bounds in Victoria.

Last spring a group of players got together to create more opportunities for young people to play the game in Greater Victoria.

Working between the University of Victoria ultimate , the Victoria Ultimate Players Society and schools, the group was able to bring the sport to more than 600 youth from Esquimalt to Sidney.

This included participation in school clinics at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as a middle school league.

“Surrounded to the south and east by two of North America’s biggest youth ultimate communities (Vancouver and Seattle), Victoria is well positioned to develop great opportunities for youth to play and excel,” said Jordan Perrault, Victoria Ultimate Players Society co-ordinator.

This year the sport is expanding again.

Ten middle schools are sponsoring teams this year, and more high school teams are coming to the forefront.

“Youth leadership is key, and it has been impressive to watch young people take the initiative to create opportunities for themselves and their friends to play,” Perrault said.

Victoria Ultimate holds drop-in at Lansdowne middle school every Sunday throughout the summer, from 1-2:30 p.m. There is a one-time only $10 registration fee. Starting June 26, Esquimalt Recreation is offering a six-week learn and play program.

For more information, check out the Victoria Ultimate website at vups.bc.ca/youth-ultimate, Facebook at Victoria Ultimate of by emailing Perrault at youth@vups.bc.ca.