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3rd May 2002
Ultimate Frisbee: National Student Tournament
BBC Nottingham's Nigel Bell practices his wrist action

BBC Nottingham's Nigel Bell practicing his wrist action
This weekend, 32 teams of Ultimate Frisbee players, will descend on Nottingham’s Highfields recreation ground.

Tom Styles, Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast

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They will be taking part in the Student National Ultimate Outdoor Tournament.

Ultimate is an exciting team sport played with a flying disc (frisbee to the man in the street). Most players start their ultimate career at university so the student teams are always exciting and unpredictable as new talent emerges.

"We hosted four indoor tournaments over the winter and will host at least three outdoor tournaments this year."
Sam Rey, tournament organiser for the Nottingham Ultimate team "Flyght Club"

Fanatics of the flying disc will come from every corner of the UK representing teams from almost every major university in the country, 32 in all, will be present. From Plymouth to St Andrews & Dundee, Brighton to Aberystwyth.

The current Student Outdoor National Champions, Ro Sham Bo of Edinburgh will have difficulty holding back the myriad of classy teams here this year. Not least, their local rivals - Far Flung from Glasgow who took the Indoor Championships in 2002.

There will be a host of teams wanting to bring the student crown back south of the border too, and stop the shift in power to the Scottish teams who continue to turn out extremely strong sides.

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport's Chris Ellis gets some air
BBC Radio Nottingham Sport's Chris Ellis gets some air

Both Nottingham based Universities will have teams competing; FlyTNT (Nottingham Trent) & Random Fling (Nottingham Uni). Other teams to watch out for are Purple Haze (Loughborough), Sublime (Portsmouth) and the Bears (Warwick).

The result hanging in the balance, the only certainty is that everyone present will have a thoroughly good time. In recent years Nottingham has become well known as one of the best hosts cities in the country.

"We hosted 4 indoor tournaments over the winter and will host at least 3 outdoor tournaments this year" said Sam Rey tournament organiser for the Nottingham Ultimate team "Flyght Club".

Competition begins at 9am Saturday, concluding Sunday around 6pm.

With a large social element to the sport there will be a substantial party on the Saturday night.

Most of the competitors will be staying on site so good weather would make a very special weekend for all involved.

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