In the sport of disc golf, a flying disc must be thrown deftly and accurately until it lands inside a basket, with players traversing hills and obstacles to complete a series of “holes” in as few throws as possible. The sport is exceptionally accessible, regardless of age, gender, fitness level, wealth and social status. Anyone who can toss a frisbee and take a walk can begin playing and enjoying the sport immediately. This can be a preschooler or an 80-year-old great-grandparent, and both can play in the same group. A “round” of disc golf is a group hike through the local landscape, with dozens of throws performed along the way. Courses are typically located in public, mixed-use areas, with no course fees, open hours or social hurdles.
The Discgolf Club Göttingen and our friends at blinc e.G. believe that the disc golf has fantastic potential as a tool for community building, inclusion and integration. We are in the process of cooperatively designing projects related to these areas, including the project outlined in the fact sheet.
Disc Golf in Göttingen
What is the societal / educational challenge (the “needs”) that you want to tackle?
The “western city” in Göttingen is a district with a high percentage of residents with a migration background. Local actors have expressed a strong need for community-building activities that encourage social cohesion and the integration.
Target group / clients
Depending on the target group, other beneficiaries can also be mentioned or referred to directly
Youth in the western city, both with and without a migration background
The solution should only be named superficially to give an idea of the concept developed
Design, promote and provide free access to activities for a new trend sport (disc golf) in the western city.
The innovative perspective could be framed by a word (app) or a short concept description.
Integration through sport, but rather than target groups of migrants, focus on establishing accessible activities for mixed groups of migrants and non-migrants in districts with fewer opportunities.
Unique Selling Point
novel use of a trend sport with uniquely accessible qualities
Bringing together diverse residents of the western city for a common activity.
Disc golf clubs typically have a strong interest in expanding the sport to new audiences. A successful example of a project encouraging integration by introducing disc golf to a diverse district like the western city of Göttingen could serve as inspiration for similar projects in cooperation with clubs throughout Europe.