Getting our hands on the ball….Saturday’s kick off to this year’s Auskick season was a great start with some big smiles across all age groups happy to get their hands back on the ball. It was wonderful to see so many new faces, along with some familiar smiles and excitement in their eyes of getting out again playing the game so many of us love.  2017 marks the 10yr anniversary of Sharks FC in Singapore and it is all thanks to the great community we have that has seen us continue to grow so strong over the last 10yrs.  To celebrate our first decade of AFL in Singapore, we have some great events lined up – social & sporty for this year, with tournaments, tours and social events for all our community to enjoy – so keep your eye on our ‘Dates to Watch for’ Section each week as news unfolds.

News from the Coaches

From the Oval 

It is great to be back doing what we love. I am absolutely thrilled to be back for my second year as coach and I am just as excited as the Auskickers pulling their boots on pre game. It was a fantastic start to our Auskick season. Firstly, I must say a massive thank you to our new and returning coaches who have volunteered to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with our Auskickers. I was so impressed to see the sheer number of keen footballers ready to tackle 2017 with absolute enthusiasm.

We have made some significant changes over the break and although there are some teething issues, we will endeavour to get them right. We have changed our times and are running the U7s and U11s at simultaneous times allowing our U14+ and Dads to hit the track an hour early. U7s will predominantly be based on the junior oval. Riding on the success of the AFLW, we would love to see an all-girls team and more girls involved. Shark of the Month will continue this year and with such great numbers and so many Auskickers aspiring to lead by example, it is really going to be a difficult choice!

My goals are very similar to last year as I want all age groups to learn the fundamental motor skills vital for future physical activity and sport participation, as well as learning how to interact with and respect other children as part of a team in small group activities. The coaches aim to make learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy for boys and girls. Through our weekly coaching sessions, they will learn the skills of the game in an exciting, social and safe environment. 

It was great to meet so many people on Saturday and I look forward to an exciting year ahead. Please do not hesitate to find me on the field if you have any questions or concerns.

Coach Murph

From the Gym  

Welcome back to all new and old Sharks Auskick members! It was great to see so many happy faces as the kids were learning the basics of our great game on Saturday. We have continued the theme of previous years by using rotating stations, involving: kicking, handballing, marking, gathering, ball control and visual tracking. These skills will become more specific with time but for now it is pure orientation and gross motor movement. If you are having a play with your kids using the oval ball, here are some teaching points to think about to assist with the progression of your child:

  • Kicking: practice pointing the toes when making contact with the ball. If the toes are drawn back when kicking, the ball will simply go up instead of away.
  • Handballing: ensure that the thumb is curled under when making a fist, not lying on the index finger. If the child is doing this incorrectly, it will hurt!
  • Marking: have the tips of the thumbs together and fingers spread for marking the in front of the eyes. The thumbs are the gates, try and keep them closed, nobody likes a ball in the face!
  • Gathering: have the fingers pointing down towards the ground, little fingers close. This will assist in trapping the ball in the hands.

Lastly a massive thank you to all the new and returning coaches who helped out on Saturday, it really made the program run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out, please drop me an email at james_stephenson@ais.com.sg and I will send out the session plan each Wednesday.

Cheers, Coach Stevo

BBQ 

A reminder that each Saturday during the Auskick season, the barbeque will be firing to ensure that the kids can get a sausage and a cold drink. We can only do this with support each week from volunteers to help out with the barbecue (Typically, we need 2 to 4 people around for the afternoon). Many hands make light work, so please drop us an email if you can help out during the season.

The kids are encouraged to bring a water bottle which can sit at the drinks station, in the shade while the kids train. All kids should apply sunscreen before training & of course for U7s and up – your mouth guard so make sure it lives in your ‘footy bag’. 

Training Times

U5 (born in 2012 or later): 4 - 4.45pm in the Gym
U6 (born in 2011): 3 - 4pm in the Gym
U7 (born in 2010): 3 – 4pm on the Junior Oval
U9 (born in 2008 and 2009): 2 – 3pm on the Big Oval
U11 (born in 2006 and 2007): 3 -4pm on the Big Oval
U13 (born in 2004 and 2005): 4 - 5pm on the Big Oval
U14+ and Dads (2003 & earlier): 5 -6pm Big Oval

Dates to watch out for early:    

Friday Night Footy Under Lights – 17 March (details to come)

AGM – Friday 17 March

NO Footy Saturday 18 March (Friday Night under Lights replaces this

session)

China & Hong Kong Tours – Exciting details to come in the newsletters soon.

The full schedule of dates for 2017 will be posted on the website shortly and in the coming weeks’ newsletters. Any feedback, comments or thoughts you have to further enhance our kids’ experience is always welcome.  Once again, welcome to the club and enjoy the season.

2017 marks Sharks 10years in Singapore – Established 2007

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