What a hectic start to the football year for the Sharks Football Club!

It was sensational to see so many kids in the new Sharks kit running around at AIS on February 2, the first day of training. The bright green and gold in the hundreds was a sight to behold as the kids kicked, marked, chased, handballed and ran their away around the oval and gym.

In total around 230 kids took part on the first official afternoon of training and the biggest group was from 4pm-5pm where there were around 70 Prep-Grade 1 children kicking, handballing and enjoying the spirit of Aussie Rules out on the main oval and around 40 of the younger pre-schoolers inside in the main gym at AIS.

The focus of the first session was for the kids to get to know their coaches and vice versa, and also for the kids to get as many touches of the football as possible in an hour.

To this end it was a very successful first week.

A huge thank you must go out to all the coaches and volunteers who put their hands up to help. Small group rotation work leads to more individualized coaching and more opportunities for skill development and this is only possible with many volunteers.

The groups are very big, especially in the pre-school, Prep/1 and the Year 2/3 age groups and any parent involvement is greatly appreciated going forward as it also keeps the kids motivated and always involved.

The kids, not surprisingly, are very keen to begin playing games. The older groups will be into game mode very soon as they are physically ready for it. It is important with the younger groups, and especially the beginners, that we work them up to playing games. More skill development and game sense activities in the coming sessions will have them ready for modified games in the not too distant future.

It is an absolute privilege and pleasure to be able to coach and play the greatest game on earth while living so far from home. I hope the kids continue to enjoy their footy and we also see families enjoy themselves on a Saturday afternoon.

Please also remember to bring plenty of water – and sunscreen. It can be very hot out on the AIS oval in the middle of a Saturday afternoon and water consumption is vital. Please bring your water bottles to the sidelines where there will be an area set-up for a quick drink during training. This way coaches will not be waiting for the groups to all get back before the action starts again.

Also the barbeque gets very busy around the end of each of the kids sessions. It has been left to a small few regulars over past seasons, so if we can put out a request for more volunteers out there who are willing to help out at the canteen for an hour or so every few weeks to please come forward, it would be greatly appreciated by all involved with the Sharks Football Club. If you can help out at anytime please let us know by emailing us at sharksfc@ais.com.sg

Training is on again this weekend – Saturday February 16. See you there.

Save the Date:  Friday March 22 – AGM at Dallas Bar and also watch the first AFL game of the 2013 Premiership Season – Adelaide Crows vs Essendon from 6pm

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