Our second week of training saw even bigger numbers of participation across the various playing levels.  As we start to get more settled in our registration numbers, we have seen a significant increase on last season.  The coaching course was completed, congratulations to our new “fully qualified” coaching panel. We are proud to have 31 AFL accredited coaches within our club - a first for footy in Asia.

Level 1 Coaching Accreditation:

Day 2 of the AFL Coaching Level saw the teaching of skills as the main focus. After feedback from our practical assessments around teaching games, our illustrious coaches took up the role of students as Neil Barras again put them through their paces. This week was all about teaching of a particular skill, this information was then put into practise in the afternoon with the skills of Australian Rules. Once again we thank Neil for volunteering his services for the course, Ian Forbes for helping with set up for Neil and Ben Hart and Haydn Flanagan for their expertise and assistance with the practical assessments. Also I again want to thank the 31 coaches who gave up their Saturday mornings in order to improve on their knowledge and skills in order to provide our kids with the best possible training sessions. We now have the enviable ratio of 1 accredited coach to every 10 kids.

Coaches report from the oval:

The focus of these sessions was skill development as a follow on from the mornings coaching course. The kids very enthusiastically practised the basic skills of kicking, marking and handballing. These skills are crucial to be able to play the game and we will be using these skills in game type scenarios in the coming weeks. We will play a ball game until it breaks down and then work on the football skills required to play that game successfully. This will eventually lead to modified games of football and for the older groups, games against visiting opposition. It was great to see so many volunteers on hand again to help out. As I said last week, please don’t be put off by the amount of coaches out there, the more we have the better. We are attempting to have as little ‘down time’ as possible for the kids but in the cases where they do have a short wait until their turn, we would love to have a Mum or Dad helping them to practise their handballing and marking at the end of the line. If you are around and would like to help out, please come to the centre of the ground with your child at the beginning of the session. This week could we also ask that you send your child with drink bottle to the start of the session. We will have the kids take drinks with them to the rotations in an attempt to save time in transition. Thanks very much, see you out there this week.

Coaches report from the gym:

Another great turn-out again by AFL Preps and Pre-schoolers, as well as their parents. The module this week was very similar to the previous week with visual tracking using the balloons again, getting the balls into the hands, kicking from a variety levels and controlling the ball at ground level. This week there was a push to get the players to respond to the whistle, and actively listen and follow instructions, and I must say that the Pre-schoolers did a much better job at this than the Preps!! Hopefully, there will be even greater improvement next week. Even though our AFL Auskick program enhances fundamental and gross motor skills, and co-ordination, it’s also important to have fun while we learn. A lot of this has to do with, not only the coaches, but the parents as well. Again, it was fantastic to have so many mums and dads assist on the day, but also the life-long memories made through taking photos, and watching the children learn has its own intrinsic rewards. I would like to put a call out to parents, of both genders, to please contact me if they are able to assist on a regular basis for either session. This will help with session planning and ensuring that everyone knows what they are doing on the day. Please contact me at ian_forbes@ais.com.sg and let me know your name and which session (Prep or Pre-school) you are able to assist in. You don’t need to know a lot about AFL, but controlling children would be of benefit, and there is always others there to assist. Session cards are given out on the day and I can email these to you the day before, so you have a heads-up. It just tends to get a little difficult to do when we have already started the session and we are still looking for coaches. Plus, we can give you one of our white AFL Sharks coaching tops (if we don’t have your size, some have already been ordered). It would be great to have you on board on a more consistent basis.

Sharks Dinner and Trivia Night

The annual Singapore Sharks Dinner and Trivia Night will be taking place on Saturday, 26 April.  This is our primary social event and only major fundraiser for the year and a CRACKER of a night.

Due to demand, we will be moving to a bigger and better venue this year...see details below:

Parkroyal Hotel, Grand Ballroom

Beach Rd

7.30pm til late

$150pp Inc Buffett and free flow beer and wine

For bookings please send us an email: sharksfc@ais.com.sg

Bangkok Footy Trip

We have organised are great trip to Bangkok this year to play the Thailand Tigers.  Those who went to Hong Kong last year will vouch it's a great experience for the kids who loved playing games against other kids from around Asia.  Details as follows:

Date: Saturday, 17th May

Venue: Bangkok Patana School

Time: 10am - 2pm

Age groups: Under 8 - Under 11 - Under 14

We will advise of hotel options at a later date.

It's important that we get an indication of numbers as early as possible.  Please register your interest by emailing: sharksfc@ais.com.sg


* BBQ. Thanks to Rachel who led the volunteer efforts for the team this week.  A fantastic job, and as always we continue to look for helping hands.   

* Mouthguards – We issued a complete listing of options to purchase mouthguards last week.  Please let us know if further assistance is required.

* The "footy boot swap" is gathering momentum thanks to the help of our community.  Please keep up the great work and remember to bring in any old boots laying around the house.

*New Members Night – is now only a month away. Friday, March 21st at Dallas Bar - 3rd Floor (Boat Quay) from 5.30pm.  Meet new people, make lasting friendships and enjoy watching the AFL in the background.

* The AFL have confirmed our game for the Melbourne trip – Richmond vs Swans on Friday night, June 20 at the MCG. We will be playing a couple of games on the MCG at half time followed by a back of house tour. More details to follow. To register your interest, please send us an email.  All ages welcome.

* Singapore Sharks Football Club has a Facebook page. Please ‘Like” us => Search for 'Singapore Sharks AFL'

* Twitter account @sgsharksfc is also now active if you want to follow us.  #gosharks.

See you on Saturday!!


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