Disc Sport Development Programs
The WFDF has two programs to support initiatives that help develop disc sports globally:
The WFDF Development Grants Program supports a broad range of projects, including the introduction of Flying Disc sports into new countries, the expansion of Flying Disc sports activities in developing countries, gender inclusion projects, programs for spirit of the game education, youth programs, coaches training, anti-doping education and other areas. Grants can be for up to US$1,500, including the value of discs that may be a part of the request, and may go to fund activities for up to 15 months from the date of the award. The program is not limited to projects sponsored by WFDF member countries but explicitly calls for initiatives or projects by individuals or groups, particularly in new countries. The deadline to submit applications for the 2017-2018 round of funding is the 23 April 2017. Applicants must complete the 2016-2017 WFDF Development Grants Program application form and submit it to by e-mail to [email protected]. Allocation will be made in May, and the main criteria will be the project’s sustainability and long lasting impact in the affected area. Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on their activities and their outcome.
The WFDF Disc Missionary Program is aimed at individuals planning to travel to areas where there is a need for discs to support the growth of Flying Disc sports. This program provides discs, not monetary support. Priority is given to people who can show they are in contact with local groups who will make good use of the discs, or who have a clear plan to start a disc sport group in a new area. Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on how the discs were used with photos/videos, etc. Applicants must complete the 2016-2017 WFDF Disc Missionary Program application form and submit it by e-mail to [email protected]. Before applying please check your customs regulations, as they may ask you to pay taxes on the nominal value of the discs even if they are a donation.
Examples of projects that have been supported in the past can be found in our 2014 WFDF Development Grant Program and Discraft Disc Missionary Program Report.
There are three commissions working on sport development:
The Sport for All and Development Commission role is:
• to advise the WFDF Board of Directors on Sport for all and Development issues
• to co-ordinate efforts to increase global participation in Flying Disc sports
• to develop ideas and initiatives to promote Flying Disc sports on all continents
• to ensure representation of the continental associations within WFDF governance structures
• to deliver advocacy on development questions in Flying Disc sports
• to develop ideas and initiatives for the development of Flying Disc sports on a Sport for all/grassroots level
Its current activities include:
• Helping local organisations become full-fledged members
• Sharing knowledge between member federations
• Running clinics on how to coach and how to manage local organisations
• Developing support material for Ultimate Frisbee coaches and a certification program
• Fostering the Spirit of the Game within all Flying Disc sports. This includes assisting humanitarian and health initiatives, with projects like Ultimate Peace and youth cancer awareness campaigns like E.R.I.C. We are also working with established charities and NGOs to support inclusion of disc sports in their projects and initiatives.
If you would like to join these initiatives, or suggest others, please do get in touch.
The Women in Sport Commission role is:
● to advise the WFDF Board of Directors on the development of policy related to promoting women in sport
● to co-ordinate efforts to increase participation of women in Flying Disc sports
● to develop ideas and initiatives to promote the role of women in Flying Disc sports
● to ensure representation of women within WFDF governance structures
● to deliver advocacy on gender issues in Flying Disc sports
● to be active in raising awareness about gender equality in their respective domains
The Youth in Sport Commission role is
● to advise the WFDF Board of Directors on Youth and Sport issues
● to co-ordinate efforts to increase global participation of young people in Flying Disc sports
● to develop ideas and initiatives to promote and develop Flying Disc sports for young people on
● all continents
● to deliver advocacy on youth questions in Flying Disc sports