The Singapore Sharks Auskick program provides boys and girls with a fun and safe Australian Football experience that serves as an introduction to a lifetime of involvement in the game. The program is not just about introducing Australian children to Australian Football, it is also about promoting AFL to the different nationalities in Singapore. It aims to develop and nurture within each child a desire for a healthy lifestyle and an association with our great game. This is achieved through activities and programs for individuals, small groups and teams and aims to assist development of personal and social skills.
Find out more about this great game by visiting the AFL and Auskick website.
The Singapore Sharks Football Club was born out of a common desire of a group of homesick Aussies wanting to give their children the chance to play the great game we call "AFL" – Aussie Rules. The Club was established in 2007 and has seen a steady growth over the past 10 years as follows:
2007: The Singapore Sharks Football Club was born out of a common desire of a group of homesick Aussies wanting to give their children the chance to play the great game we call "AFL" – Aussie Rules. In its first year, the Auskick program comprised of approximately 120 children under the guidance of former AIS teacher Liam King.
2008: - The numbers grew to 150 and with the older children outgrowing the program, it was then decided to expand the club beyond the Auskick aged groups to include 4 year olds and above.
2009: Damien Villarosa was lured in as Head Coach to lead a burgeoning Auskick program with more than 200 children taking part in it.
2010: With 200 children registered under the program, the idea of a “Sharks Dads” team was floated and Sharks history was created with the first full AFL game against the "other" Singapore team – The Wombats – taking place on June 6. The junior program saw the kids travel to Perth and Darwin with games at half-time during AFL matches.
2011: The Singapore Sharks had 230 members and 50 Dads participate in the program. Former Richmond player, Robert Schaefer took over the reigns of Head Coach of the Auskick program and the dads team.
2012: Numbers grew to 240 children and 60 Dads in 2012. It was a big year for the Sharks kids with trips away to Perth and Melbourne to participate in Auskick games at Subiaco and the MCG! It was also an important stepping stone for the Dads with success at the Bali 9’s competition, as well as taking the prize against the Wombats.
2013: Dale Carmody came on board as the new Head Coach to run the Auskick program which signaled some exciting times not only for the Auskick program but also for the older children. In the Big Gym we saw the introduction of the Prep and Year 1 Program for the 4-6 year olds, run primarily by Ian Forbes and Ben Rampling. This gave the younger one’s some gross motor co-ordination training with an AFL feel. The Singapore Sharks had a great tour to Hong Kong.
2014: Coach Dale Carmody and assistant coach Ian Forbes continued to lead the club. While Coach Dale lead the program outside with the older kids, Coach Ian (Forby) ran the inside program for our 4-6 year olds. This year Hong Kong toured to Singapore to compete against the Sharks, and the Sharks toured to Bangkok. At the dads level, the Sharks continued their winning way over the Wombats in their annual game, which has now been named the 'Audo Cup’ in respect to Nick Auden, a former Sharks coach and Wombats player who died recently of melanoma. Due to this, the Sharks dads and Wombats made a combined side to play at the Bali 9s and won the Championships.
2015: Coach Dale Carmody and assistant coach Ian Forbes continued to lead the club. This year saw the Bali Gecko’s kids team travel to Singapore for some ‘friendlies’ against the Sharks kids and the Singapore Sharks once again had a tour to Hong Kong to compete against the Dragons.
2016: Scott Murphy took over the reins of the Head Coach position with James Stephenson taking the Assistant Coach role. Sharks ran a program for age groups U5’s – U13’s. New initiatives such as “Shark of the Month” and “Friday Footy Under Lights” were introduced. The Club also welcomed the addition of a newly formatted “Lightning Rounds” competition format led by passionate committee member, Murray Naismith. The Hong Kong team once again came to Singapore to compete against the Sharks and the Sharks had a tour to Bangkok. The Sharks dads made the Division 1 Grand Final at the Bali 9s, but unfortunately couldn’t get the win.
2017: This year marked Singapore Sharks 10 Year Anniversary! Scott Murphy and James Stephenson continued to lead the Sharks AFL program with growing numbers, whilst again running a 6-week Lightning Rounds Premiership with 11 teams and 3 age divisions. The Sharks had two tours this year, with the first one to Shanghai to play a tournament and then play at half-time in an AFL match, Suns v’s Port Adelaide. The Sharks also continued the tradition of a tour to Hong Kong to compete against the Dragons once more. The Dads team toured to Bali once again. This year, unfortunately saw the Sharks Dads lose to the Wombats for the first time in many years.
The club runs seven football programs consisting of Auskick U5’s, U6’s, U7’s, U9’s, U11’s, U13’s and Sharks Dad’s. All sessions are held at the Australian International School (AIS) on Lorong Chuan. Today there are almost 300 children registered in the Auskick and training programs and more than 60 parents who also enjoy a run and a kick. The programs are not restricted to just AIS children and parents. Children from 42 schools around Singapore are currently enjoying the benefits of the community club spirit that the Singapore Sharks have fostered in its short life span. The Sharks Auskick Program is not just for boys, we also have many girls involved and their numbers continue to grow, including those participating in the Lightning Round series.
Since 2014, the Sharks kids and parents alike have enjoyed the great opportunity to have current and past AFL footy stars visit our training sessions and social events, including Dan Jackson (2014), Jack Trengove and Andy Otten (2015), Matt White (2016) and Nicola Barr and Sam Kekovich (2017). This is a tradition that the Sharks always endeavor to deliver to our community to continue to instill the passion and love of this great game!