Birmingham City University to host the world's best junior ultimate players. BUC

Birmingham City University (BCU) will host the 2024 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) from 21 July at BCU's Perry Barr Sports Centre, with over a thousand participants from more than 20 countries.


From 21-27 July, Birmingham will celebrate as it hosts over a thousand young athletes from over 20 countries for the 2024 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) at BCU.

With forty teams competing in the Women's, Open and Mixed divisions over seven days of competition starting on Friday 21 July at BCU's Perry Barr Sports Centre, the ultimate party is guaranteed in the West Midlands region of England.

"Hosting the WJUC is a great opportunity to see elite sport in our excellent facilities," said Mark Jeffreys, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at BCU.

"BCU has invested heavily in sport recently, particularly in the Alexander Stadium and the soon-to-be-built beach volleyball centre at our Moor Lane facilities," said Jeffreys.

Ultimate is one of the variants of flying disc and falls under the purview of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), which is the international sporting body responsible for the global governance of flying disc (frisbee) sports, including Ultimate and other variants such as Beach Ultimate, Wheelchair Ultimate, Disc Golf, Freestyle and Guts.

Great Britain U20 Open team captain Innes Rose-Price. BUC
Great Britain U20 Open team captain Innes Rose-Price. BUC


Originally known as Ultimate Frisbee, it is a non-contact sport in which two teams of seven players compete on a field approximately the length of a football field, but narrower. There are end zones at each end of the field where each team defends and tries to score by catching the disc in the opposite end zone.

"We want to provide opportunities not only for students but also for the Birmingham community and events like the World Junior Ultimate Championships can inspire young people in the region to take up a new sport and see the benefits it can bring," said Jeffreys, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at BCU.

Great Britain U20 Open team captain Innes Rose-Price, who plays for national champions Chevron Action Flash in Birmingham, said: "I've represented Great Britain abroad in the past few years, but not in the UK," said the 18-year-old from Exeter. "I couldn't be more excited about the WJUC in Birmingham. Having friends and family watching and being able to represent my home country makes me proud and excited to be playing in an international championship".

Mollie Williams, just 16 years old from Derby, is captain of the Great Britain women's team playing at the WJUC and said: "We are all very excited about playing at the WJUC in 2024. Having a tournament on home soil makes it even more special as we know that people closer to home will be able to support us in person.

Mollie Williams is captain of the Great Britain women's team playing at the WJUC. BUC
Mollie Williams is captain of the Great Britain women's team playing at the WJUC. BUC


Si Hill, CEO of UK Ultimate, said: "We are delighted to be working with BCU to bring some of the best junior players in the world to Birmingham. The University is a valued and long-standing partner of UK Ultimate events and we are preparing to deliver a world-class event.

The major junior tournament will be the prelude to the WFDF 2024 World Ultimate Championships (WUC), which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia from 31 August to 7 September.