The WFDF have confirmed Colchester as the host of the 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships ©WFDF

Colchester will stage the 2017 World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Team Disc Golf Championships, it has been announced.

Competition is scheduled to take place at the town at the University of Essex’s classic course from August 23 to 26.

Colchester previously hosted the 2012 European Disc Golf Championships and has redesigned and secured new baskets to stage the World Team event.

It will be the second edition of the Championships, which will see 24 countries competing across four divisions.

The WFDF revealed teams will have the option to bring as many as 12 players to help keep their teams fresh, with six designated to play in each round.

"It’s always special when you can host an event at a venue with such rich Frisbee history," said WFDF President Robert Rauch.

"This will be the first World Disc Golf event that has been hosted outside of the United States and we are extremely pleased to have the full support of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) on this historic event.

"We anticipate that the World Team Disc Golf Championships will not only help grow awareness for disc golf in the United Kingdom but also help raise the profile of disc golf on a local level for the nations whose athletes are competing."

Colchester will host only the second edition of the Championships ©PDGA
Colchester will host only the second edition of the Championships ©PDGA

The WFDF’s technical director Charlie Mead coordinated with the PDGA regarding the event, with the organisations determining the competition will be a "major event".

It is claimed this will help attract the top players in the world due to ranking points being on offer, while also increasing visibility in the community.

"Essex University has a long history of hosting WFDF World Ultimate and Overall Championships and PDGA sanctioned National and European Disc Golf Championships,” said Britain's Charlie Mead, chair of the WFDF Disc Golf Committee.

"I am delighted that all these organisations are working together and committed to making 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships a success.

"The tournament Organising Committee has plans in place to make this event a milestone in disc golf history - leaving a further legacy of development in Britain and across the world.

"We all look forward to welcoming the largest number of national disc golf teams ever gathered together for a tournament since the sport began nearly five decades ago."