Liger perspective in sport

In research stated “ Only 25% of women in Cambodia who are in the top athletes and 10% are coaches“ according to peace-sport. So at the start of this school year, there is an exploration call Frisbee League in Cambodia that is a year-long project. In fact, I’m a part of this exploration and I want to change my province, my country and the world perspective on women in sport. I believe that this is only the beginning of getting more girls playing sport.  

When we were young we always have activities or sports together. Two years ago, I realize that in sports like football and basketball, the practice was divided between girls and boys. Yet frisbee is the first and only sport that involved both girls and boys. What difference can I make by joining this project? Are there any girls in the rural area that love sports but don’t have the chance?

Afterward, I decided to interview the basketball coach on why does he have different practice for the girl and boy. “The reason is that basketball is a physical game, that sometimes they have to touch and bounce off one another” once said Jeff Boucher. But for the junior, it’s okay for them to play together since they are only the beginner and younger. Just like football year 1 practice, we didn’t divide the girl or boy team. As we get older and stronger, we started to divide girl and boy so that the girl would have more opportunities to play as well. Moreover, the boys are much stronger in term of strength, for safety reasons that’s why there is girls and boys team.

On the other hand, I also interview the frisbee coach he said: “Being a coach is a privilege because it allows me to introduce a mentality of this sport, play hard play well and with high spirit.” Ultimate frisbee for him means self referee that allows you to recognize your own false and except it. In liger, every Wednesday ASE we play frisbee and he loves to see the junior competition with the senior because by doing it this way, Junior can learn, play smarter to win senior. For senior allow them to learn to play smart and not underestimate the Junior. His last thought is Ultimate Frisbee is a fun and unique sport that is no barrier for all age, gender or size.

Let start! Frisbee or flying disc is a non-contact game, played on a field or indoor pitch. It does not have a referee which allow players to have conflict resolution and Integrities.

At the end of the game, we always have our spirit circle which we talk about the game, skills needed to improve, pointing out to players that tried their best that week and also keeping the girls empower.

After the spirit circle, we would do affirmation “ពេលដែលខ្ញុំនិយាយថា កម្លាំង អ្នកនិយាយថា នារី​  កម្លាំង! នារី!  កម្លាំង! នារី!  កម្លាំង កម្លាំង កម្លាំង! នារី នារី នារី” ៉៉Let’s all do this affirmation again “When I say Komlang to say Neary” Komkang! Neary! Komlang! Neary! Komlang Komlang Komlang! Neary Neary Neary! This translate to Girl power, we do this to support girls in sport and empowering them giving them opportunities in sport. As more girls from Kampong Speu joining frisbee will help us as show the government that we can implement this new sport into the curriculum. In order to reach the goals of 50 50% of boys and girls in 2025, which will help to reduce gender barriers in sport.

Frisbee League — Girls Power

  • Chabok High School entrance

On the 6th December, we had visited the girl down at Kampong Speu after we got approval from the government. This time our plan was to go there to just throw frisbee disc around and introduce them to what is frisbee and who are we. The first school we visited was Chabok high school both grade 10 and 11 and we only 5 mins since they are having an exam. When I look back to this school, I still think this is crazy that my whole group did this. What we did was, presents to the whole classroom about our project alone with boys sitting there which wasn’t our target. But anyway we are trying to promote girls into playing Frisbee and as my observation girls didn’t have any courage to raise their hand up to join and play this Frisbee. Also, it might because they didn’t get to play with Frisbee-like other schools that we visited. Sadly the class I presented to, there was no one wanted to play Frisbee. Like another presenter, they didn’t get it to and some got about 10 to 15 students. But at some times we got around 70 girls for the whole school which is good for the training and eliminating for the league. Soukhaphaly high school, the girls there were really interacting with us and they showed a lot of excitement.

We even tell every school that next week we will come back and do a pitch to them. Also, try to get their name by then so that we can prepare on how many people are going to show up for the training. Over this Christmas break, Some Kampong Speu students and I will be going to every school on Sunday to get them familiar with Frisbee. Then in January, they will start the real training.

Girl interest in playing frisbee         Total: 265 girls

  • Chabok High School 
    • Grade 10 & 11 #70 students
  • Kampong Speu High School
    • Grade 10 & 11 #38 students
  • Sokhaphally High School
    • Grade 10 #29 student
    • Grade 11 #36 student
  • Chantnal High School
    • Grade 10 # 32 student
    • Grade 11 # 60 student

Frisbee League – Trip to Kamong Spue

One of my long-term explorations is called Frisbee League in Cambodia. In this exploration, we are creating the first Cambodian Women Frisbee League to empower women in sport for rural kampong speu girls and then if this project work we would open up to all girls in Cambodia. As one of kampong speu girls, I am so excited and proud to be in this group and I can’t imagine when I’m teaching them to play frisbee. Moreover, We have a lot of things that needed to be done before our Pchum Ben break, so after the break, we will go and appraise the government about our project. This project really needs the government helps because in order this to be done we need their permission to work with those high school girls. Since I know a lot about Kampong Speu, I did some research and ask my relatives, do they know any high school around Chan Thnal high school. Chan Thnal high school is one the main school that we wanted to collaborate with. Then I lead a team to Kampong speu and visits the five school that are on my list. I need to track down the distance and time it took to arrive at each school. We even go and talk to the principles of our project and they really excited to work with us but they need the permission from the government. Nevertheless, our exploration already prepares all of those so that when the students come back from their big break we are able to talk to them and before that, we convince the government to help with our project.

Transportation management

  • Leave at 7:10 am from Liger
  • Cha Bok high school   1 hour, 43 minutes    60.7 km
  • Kampong Speu high school    6 mins    3.1 km
  • Soukhaphaly high school    10 mins    3.8 km
  • Chay Chob High School    4 mins    700 m
  • Chanthnal High school    25 mins    15.1 km


  • Cha Bok High School
    • Wise principal Chorn Chan Loun
    • Every grade in the school have 4 classes
    • 2 men for sport coach   
    • Sport filed
    • It’s very big, 2 team can play at the same time and there are too many plants (កន្ត្រើយ) and tall grass.
  • Kampong Speu High School
    • The field is big and there are a lot of grass
    • His feeling
      • Need the government to agree
      • Student and their family should agree
      • They don’t want to force any girl to play if they don’t want
  • Soukhaphaly High School
    • The sports field is not too big nor too small, it’s in between
    • The principle wasn’t in the school so we asked people around there for his phone number
  • Chay Chob High School
    • The field has no grass and it’s a bit muddy
    • Sports hours in a week they have 2 hours
    • 2 men sport coach
  • Chan Thnal High School
    • 2 men sport coach
    • Sports hours in a week for 1 hour each class
    • Grade 9 and grade 12 doesn’t have any sports hours due to exam
    • A big football field with no grass in the middle and it’s so dry