Despite the inclement weather last Saturday it was great to see another fantastic turnout to training at AIS. With the thunderstorms and lightning around some of the groups were moved indoors and took advantage of the magnificent facilities AIS has to offer.

The Year 2/3 and P/1 groups moved indoors while the older group – Year 6 and above – started their session in the big gym before moving outside to a rain-soaked oval, playing a game in drizzling rain. Previous to the new synthetic oval a session would have been run on a quagmire with at times some areas resembling a lake. The boys certainly enjoyed last week’s experience and considering the conditions there were some excellent skills shown.

A reminder the Singapore Sharks Football Club follows the AIS Lightning Policy for the safety of our kids. In the event of a visible lightning strike all children are to be moved under cover. The 20 minute window begins again with any subsequent strike.

Let’s hope for better conditions this week and remember to apply sunscreen before hitting the oval and remember to bring plenty of water and have it on the sidelines during training.

Coaches Corner

Pre-School – Basic ball handling and fun active games are the order of the day. The kids love having a kick and handball with Mum and Dad at the end of the session and it is great to see. Coaches Ian and Ben are away this week so we are looking for any helpers to assist.

Prep/1 – An indoor session last week where I counted 15 parent volunteer coaches helping our kids. This group had a large representation from our Mums this week and it was fantastic to see. The kids are working on the key facets of the game in kicking, marking and handballing and will soon have some tackling thrown in for a bit of fun.

Year 2/3 – A huge group that are beginning to prepare for games. The kids have been taught how to tackle from behind and front on so far and will soon we will add tackling from the side. The uniqueness of our great game means that we need to be prepared to make or receive contact from 360 degrees to play contact games. This group will play more contact handball games before a move into modified football. This week will see regular coaches Ben and Andrew away so I will again be looking for volunteers to help run this session. If you are going to be there for this age group please feel free to lend a hand.

Year 4/5 – Skills and games are being played with this group. We have a nice sized group who can have part skills, part game in their sessions. This week we will focus again on tackling technique and kicking. In this group, regular coaches Anthony and Paul will also be away so volunteers are being sought.

Year 5/6 – Playing games is the focus for this group as they need the competitive forum to put into place the skills they have developed over years of practise.

We have received positive feedback about the program so far and this would not be possible without the fantastic parent support. It is really pleasing to see so many helpers in each group and we are fortunate to have such a small coach to player ratio. Thanks very much for your efforts and support so far and I look forward to seeing as many of you again on Saturday.

Hong Kong Trip

A reminder the Hong Kong tour on May 18 is fast approaching and we would like to start finalising numbers. There will be teams for U7’s, U10’s and U13’s and it should be a fantastic weekend with football on Saturday and a possible trip to Hong Kong Disneyland on Sunday. For those who may wish to go, please email sharksfc@ais.com.sg with the name of the child and the age group if you are interested in attending this tour.

Expressions of interest are open for the Melbourne trip for the AFL game at half-time between Hawthorn and West Coast at Etihad Stadium on June 21 and a game against Ivanhoe on Sunday June 23. Please let us know at sharksfc@ais.com.sg with your interest.

New Members Evening Incorporating AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Singapore Sharks Football Club will take place on March 22 at Dallas – located in Boat Quay. The meeting will take place on Level 3 at the conclusion of the opening AFL match of the season between Adelaide and Essendon which is timed to start at 5.40pm.

We are promoting the evening as the “Big welcome to our New Members”. Finger food will be provided with drinks at Happy Hour prices. As numbers are limited, please RSVP here.

Vacancies

We are still open to taking on newcomers here at the Singapore Sharks Football Club, in particular the Year 4 & 5 group, so if you know of anyone that may be interested then encourage them to come on down.

Mouth Guards

With the introduction of light tackling in the older age groups, children should be encouraged to wear a mouth guard. There are multiple avenues to buy mouth guards, including Queensway shopping centre or online at the Canterbury Singapore store.

Fitness First

The Club has a limited number of annual Fitness First memberships for sale. First in first served so if interested please enquire here.

Dutch Club

The Club also has a 2-year membership to the Dutch Club for sale. Again please enquire here.

Footy Tipping Competition

With the support of Dallas and The Rotisserie, the Singapore Sharks Footy Tipping Competition is on again in 2013. It costs $20 to join with all the proceeds being paid out to those finishing from first down to eighth.

As well as the end of year monetary prizes, a $50 voucher, rotating each week between Dallas and The Rotisserie, is up for grabs for the weekly winner. To join, please see committee members Brandon or Dennis and pay the $20 entrance fee and then simply click here.

It is open to all members of the Singapore Sharks Football Club community, so why not join now.

Out Of Bounds Areas

There has been some feedback in previous weeks from AIS that children have been found playing in the different gyms and in the pool area of the school during and after training. The Singapore Sharks Football Club only has access to the big gym during the pre-school activities from 4-5pm and the other gyms are off limits, as is the pool. We seek parental help in keeping the children from these off-limits areas. Also can we ensure that all drink bottles, footballs and any rubbish be removed to keep the big gym in a clean state at the end of training.

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