Disc Development Programs
South Africa is a country dubbed "The Rainbow Nation" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Within the sporting framework, South Africa has endured some criticism about historical sporting participation and is still trying to recover from these inequalities to this day. Ultimate is a relatively new sport and has the opportunity to grow equitably among all communities within South Africa. SAFDA has contributed to development over the years in the following ways:
By importing discs and distributing to far reaching areas.
The disc is the one essential piece of equipment needed to play and SAFDA has made a point of giving emerging communities easy access to discs. In just the last few years, discs have been donated to the Wild Coast, East London, Tzaneen, Upington, Verulam, Parys and Vereeniging.
By hosting development clinics.
Development of the game of ultimate from an informal, unstructured game into a competitive sport is another essential component of development. SAFDA has funded clinics in the Eastern Cape especially to equip players with skills and improve their overall level of ultimate. Furthermore, in 2019 South African U24 and National Team coach Jonathan Aronson lead a coaching clinic in the Eastern Cape such as to equip coaches in the region with the necessary skills to lead successful competitive teams.
By utilising the community to drive development.
SAFDA implemented a development portfolio aspect to the Road to Nationals in 2019 as a way to utilise the entire competitive ultimate community in developing their neighbours. Some of these development initiatives have resulted in players and teams competing in Regionals, which would not have happened otherwise.