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Ellie M

Ellie M

Name: Ellie McConnell
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2015
Location: Omagh, County Tyrone
Campaign: To raise the profile of Ultimate Frisbee

I’ve been playing Ultimate Frisbee since I went to university a couple of years ago.

I wish that I’d had the opportunity to play the game when I was at secondary school as I believe it creates a strong sense of community spirit and promotes fairness.

With Fixers, my team and I held a taster day for sixth formers to introduce them to Ultimate Frisbee.

We’ve also helped to create a flyer to explain the rules and show others what it’s all about.

We want to raise the profile of the sport so that more young people can participate in a fun and inclusive activity.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

Floran Kavan Sarah Bolton
Ross Johnston Carys Brown
Alan Hogg Virakphan Suvanmani
Andy Wilson Daniel Finlay
Joshua Khoo James Johnston
Matt Nicholson Patrick McGeough
Jack Gibson Richard Sayers
Leh Lim Tim Marx
Aodhan McKenna Ben Matthew
Phelim Boyle Emily McCabe
Jack Lynch Josh McCann

Queen’s Sport

The team at Queen’s Sport support our project. We were able to hold our Ultimate Frisbee taster session using their facilities and they helped us to publicise our Fix within Queen’s University Belfast.

UK Ultimate
Chris Bamford, the University Coordinator at UK Ultimate, supports our Fix. Our event day took place under UKU rules.

October 2015
To help raise the profile of Ultimate Frisbee, we decided to hold a taster session for sixth formers at Queen’s Sport, Queen’s University Belfast, on Wednesday 28th October.

We invited young people along to give it a go and we had some great feedback. You can read some of the comments underneath the photo below.

‘Ultimate is great fun. It's good exercise and it's easy to understand how to play it. I hope it's something that my school can play.’

‘There is no reason why every school in the country couldn't have an Ultimate Frisbee team or teams. There could easily be a schools league or cup competition within 5 years. I'm going to keep asking my old school to get a club started.’

‘I played rugby at school and now I'm at uni, I don't want to play to the uni standard but I still want to do something in a team environment that helps me stay fit. Ultimate fits that bill perfectly.’

‘I played hockey at school though I wouldn't say I was particularly good, certainly I wouldn't even consider trying out for the university hockey teams. I saw the Ultimate club promotion at Freshers week and it looked like it would be good fun. It's been over a month now and I'm really enjoying it and have made good friends. It's easy to pick up and fun to play. I wish I'd gotten into it sooner and it would be great if schools would offer it as an option. My dad is the Vice Principal of my old school. I will be asking him to consider getting it played there.’

‘I love Ultimate Frisbee. I'm not into regular sports like rugby or football but when I discovered Ultimate, I was hooked straight away.’


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