As we move towards the middle of our season, we have seen a noticeably improvement in the skills of the kids. Getting the opportunity for more game time is obviously proving popular with the kids as they get to showcase the skills.  We aim to have a full carnival day in the not too distant future so stay tuned. We are also in the process of arranging a couple of AFL players to come to Singapore after the success of the Dan Jackson visit last year. More details on that next week.

Just couple of important reminders. 

  • Footy is on this Saturday, 28 March.
  • The annual Trivia Night is on the 18th April at the Park Royal, Beach Rd.  It is without doubt, one of the best nights on the Singapore social calendar. Whilst tables bookings of 10 are preferred, we will allocate some tables to accommodate smaller groups, so feel free to join in the fun. Please send us an email if you are interested.


Numbers for the Hong Kong trip (8th, 9th & 10th May) are coming along nicely, three teams looks a distinct possibility. It's not to late, so if your interested in joining us for a fun weekend, please email sharksfc@ais.com.sg  Accommodation details below, please email the club for the hotel booking form.

Holiday Inn Golden Mile
50 Nathan Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

HK$1,400net (With 1 adult & 1 child breakfast)
HK$1,500net (With 1 adult & 2 child breakfasts)
HK$1,600net (With 2 adults & 1 child breakfasts)
HK$1,700net (With 2 adults & 2 child breakfasts)

From the Gym

......Or should I say from the Junior Oval?! Due to the Fish n' Chip night being held at the school, we were without the air-con of the gym this week, but that didn't deter those that turned up to train and have fun. The numbers were down a little this week, probably due to varying school holidays, but that means more touches for the one's 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 one's like Wreck It Ralph, 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.

See you all this Saturday for our last session before the break!

From the Oval

We have hit the halfway mark of the season.  Again, I want to thank the coaches for their efforts in the heat to help out our kids.

It has been fantastic to see the development of the skills of the younger groups in the last few weeks and the application of skills in games with the older groups. Watching kids who have been in our program for a few years playing a terrific game of football on the weekend was extremely pleasing for all concerned.

The U/7 and U/9 group continued with their rotational groups focusing on the skills of the game. The U/9 group played a game after their skill rotations this week and had a great time. It was fantastic to see them put the skills that they have been learning and practising into a game. We will continue to do this as they progress through the season. The U/7 group will continue on the skill work with some fun games thrown in.

The older groups continued with some skill work followed by games. Again, we were also able to provide 'on ground' coaching in both age groups as well which was fantastic. Each week the coaches add skills or rules to focus on as the learning of game sense continues.

This week we will have reduced numbers of kids and coaches due to holidays. I would like all parents to be dressed in appropriate playing attire as we would like to play a kids vs parents game ( or two ) in each of the year groups. It is especially important for the kids to have mouthguards this week due to the occasional over-zealous Mum or Dad.

Have a great break if you are heading away!

Noticeboard

  • SSFC Annual Trivia Night will be held on the 18th April at The Park Royal, Beach Rd.  This year's winning table prize is 10 tickets to Mondo Rock & Angry Anderson at the Tanjung Beach Club in Sentosa on April 25th. Table of 10 can be booked by emailing: sharksfc@ais.com.sg
  • The Melbourne Footy Trip has also been confirmed. We will play the main grid game at half time on Saturday June 20 at Etihad during the Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane clash. Please email expressions of interest to sharksfc@ais.com.sg please include name and child's year group. Numbers are filling up quickly.
  • Perth Trip:  As identified in previous communications, we will be visiting Perth over the August Singapore National Day long weekend.  On the Saturday (8 August) we have already managed to organise a late morning private tour and lunch at Little Creatures Brewery in East Fremantle, followed by the kids playing in a match during half time of the East Fremantle Sharks versus West Perth Falcons WAFL game.  On the Sunday morning we will also participate in an Auskick competition which will be hosted by the Cottesloe Magpies Junior Football Club in Perth.  The intention is to field two Under 9 teams (20 players) and two Under 7 teams (20 players).  We will obviously also try to accommodate siblings that fall just above or below these age groups.  Other events are also being planned, including group dinners and a visit on the Friday (7 August) afternoon, for those around, to watch the Hawthorn Hawks train at Patterson Stadium ahead of their game against the West Coast Eagles on the Saturday night.  If you are interested, please forward your expression of interest, along with child's name and age group, to sharksfc@ais.com.sg With MOM announcing an extra holiday for Friday August 7, this trip is even more appealing – especially for those who do not want to take annual leave.

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