The WFDF has granted development funds to six beach ultimate projects across four continents ©WFDF

A total of $5,000 (£3,500/€4,500) has been granted by the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) to establish and maintain six beach ultimate projects across four continents, it has been announced.

It follows the WFDF putting out a call for applications for the funds last November.

The sport’s worldwide governing body have allocated the money to India, Portugal, Venezuela, Philippines, the United States and the Iberian region.

They received a total of 11 applications.

The money will be used in Chennai to build a sustainable college beach ultimate programme, which the WFDF then hope will be rolled out to further areas of the country.

Portugal’s National Flying Disc Federation have been successful in their application for funding, which will be used to fortify the current league in place in the nation, while Aragua in Venezuela will also benefit.

The project in the South American nation will include clinics and a beach ultimate league.

Beach ultimate clubs will be set up in 18 villages in Philippines with the money, and a “lasting” community will also be built in Ocean Beach in the US.

The cash injection will be used to create and maintain beach ultimate projects across the world
The cash injection will be used to create and maintain beach ultimate projects across the world ©WFDF

An Iberian women’s beach ultimate league with three playing days in Lisbon will also be established, with women from three cities in Spain -Madrid, Salamanca and Seville - as well as three cities in Portugal - Lisbon, Aveiro, and Leiria - set to participate.

“WFDF is committed to developing all disc sports, and this programme focused on the development of beach ultimate by encouraging local leagues compliments our broader development grants programme," WFDF President Robert Rauch said. 

“Our strategic plan is to make sure we sustain our growth trajectory by continuously supporting grass roots development and expanding our base.”

WFDF Beach Ultimate Committee chair Patrick van der Valk added: “This is such an important step in the global growth of the sport.

“Hearty congratulations to all groups who received these inaugural WFDF beach ultimate development grants.

“Your effort to grow the sport and the spirit of beach ultimate locally, and bring players together on a regular basis, is very much appreciated.”