Saturday Training was a ‘bit light’ on the number of Sharkies participating due to the Easter long weekend.  However, still lots of fun out on the field & the older groups were able to  ‘challenge the coaches’ to a match which was great fun! Our little ‘Sharkies’ seem to be improving with their hand/eye & foot/eye’ co-ordination as more kicks getting through the goals & some great handball skills on show!  Over the next few weeks with school holidays on & many families travelling, please make note in your diaries NO Training only Saturday 9th April.  Training will still continue as normal on 2 & 16 April.

Sharks Bangkok Tour 2016 - Our footy trip this year has been confirmed for the weekend of 14th/15th May.  For those who have participated in the trips previously, they are a great experience for the kids who get the opportunity to play real footy games against other teams in Asia. The Bangkok Club put on a great day for us two years ago and we look forward to another successful weekend.  This year, we aim to take teams in U8's, U10's & U12's. More details to follow.  Please email expressions of interest to sharksfc@ais.com.sg with "Bangkok Trip" as the subject. Thank you.

Sharks Carnival Day @ AIS - After all these weeks of hard drill training, its time to put those skills into action with a ‘Sharks Carnival Day’ on 30th April.  Details to follow of age group teams etc.  This will put us in great team practice for our Bangkok Tour & the Hong Kong Carnival Day in May!

From the Oval 

With slightly less numbers due to the Easter weekend, we still had a great hit out applying the skills learned while continuing to implement these into the games. Across all ages, we have seen vast improvements in games while the energy and attitudes of all Auskickers continues to buzz. Some of the standout improvements that were clearly evident across the age groups were: U7 – listening to coaches and following instructions across all drills, U9 – basic skills of kicking and handballing, U11 – 1%ers (tackling, shepherding and talking) and 12+ sharing the ball and playing for each other.

With potentially less numbers again this week, I encourage all parents to join us on the field for a Parents v Auskick match at the end of each training session. We had a similar style of play last weekend with the older age groups and we had a blast.    Also thank you to the parents who answered my SOS call for coaches in the U7’s. It is much appreciated and I look forward to you being involved in weekly sessions.

Shark of the Month

Congratulations to the following Auskickers who were awarded the prestigious Shark of the Month awards for displaying all the attributes that Sharks footballers pride themselves on; great teammates, sportsmanship, commitment and attitude to improving their game. Keep encouraging your Auskickers to keep excelling.

  • U7s Sami Gazal
  • U9s Joshua Zdun
  • U11s Oliver Woolley
  • 12s+ Aaron Ward

Coach Murph

U7 - Sami Gazal
U9 - Joshua Zdun
U11- Oliver Woolley U12+ - Aaron Ward

From the Gym  

Week 7 and we were back in the big gym! The numbers were down a little this week due to the Easter long weekend but that meant more touches for the ones that turned up with smaller group numbers. The U6's focused mainly on catching and marking skills, continuing the development of their visual tracking skills, as well as hand-eye co-ordination. This was seen in activities involving stationary targets, ball movement and rebounding work.

The U5's were focused on activities involving handball and gathering skills. We again used past activities including targets, and more recent ones using the goal posts but repetition is important for gross motor development. At this age, it can be good to use things that are familiar and achieve success. As we progress, we will continue to include more ball movement to improve skills and timing.

For those playing at home, here are some strategies to use when playing with your kids:

  • Gathering: start looking at spreading the feet more when bending down to pick up the ball, move towards the moving ball instead of waiting for it to come to you
  • Handballing: balance the ball on the platform hand, bend at the waist, step forward on the opposite foot when making contact 
  • Marking: thumbs together, arms extended in front of the face; or if marking low, little fingers together and when the ball makes contact with the hands or forearms, draw the ball into the chest.

Cheers, Stevo

NYAA Community Service helping out. Thank you 

You may have noticed we have a few ‘extra’ teenagers around on Saturdays at the BBQ and also out on the field. Over the coming weeks, we will have students from Yrs 9 & 10 from AIS who help out/Community Service commitment for their NYAA project at school.  We would like to send a big thank you to these teenagers who over the last 2-3 weeks, have been doing a fabulous job running our Sharks BBQ and also being ‘Assistant Coaches’ & setting up out on the field.  This certainly has been a great help and we look forward to working more closely with these kids.

SSFC Annual Trivia Night - Saturday 23 April 

Time is running thin… get your Table Registrations in fast!  Please email sharksfc@ais.com.sg  don’t forget to nominate your Team Name!

Up and Coming Events

Keep these dates free to join the fun with more information to follow in coming Newsletters:

  • SSFC annual Trivia Night Saturday 23 April
  • Sharks Carnival Day  30th April
  • Bangkok Tournament Tour 14th May
  • Hong Kong Dragons Vs Singapore Sharks @ Shark Park Carnival Day Saturday 21st May….Teams will be advised closer to the day!
  • Bali 9s Masters in June

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