Welcome back to our returning members and welcome to our new joiners!!  The traditional Australia Day celebrations at AIS marked the launch of registrations for the new season for the Singapore Sharks Football Club (SSFC). 

Some fantastic pre-work by some of our volunteer committee saw the day run very smoothly.  Preprinted registration forms for our returning members meant a quick confirmation of details and a fitting was all that was required.  I am sure you will agree that the new playing outfit looks fantastic.  The big shark blazing on the front, and the personalised touch with name and number on the back is a great look. The orders have been sent to our supplier and we look forward to getting the new uniforms to the kids shortly.  We have received another great response from the community in terms of number of registered players, and look forward to that number increasing over the coming weeks.

The wait is over, the kids start Auskick this weekend!!  On Saturday (31st) the day starts with the Year 2 and 3's at 2pm, and runs through to 7pm for the Dads' training.

Training times are as follows:

  • U5 (born in 2010 or later): 4 - 4.45pm in the Gym
  • U6 (born in 2009): 3 - 4pm in the Gym
  • U7 (born in 2008): 3 – 4pm
  • U9 (born in 2006 and 2007): 2 – 3pm
  • U11 (born in 2004 and 2005): 4 -5pm
  • U12+ (born in 2001, 2002 and 2003): 5 - 6pm
  • U15+ and Adults: 6 – 7pm

From the coaches:

The success of our program over the past few years has an enormous amount to do with the number and quality of our coaches. We had the enviable ratio of 1 coach:6-8kids,  the kids get to touch the football hundreds of times in the skill rotations and develop quickly.

I am putting a call out for volunteers for the coming season. The commitment is for one hour a week in your child’s group. The sessions are based around skill rotations and games sense games, information about drills and games are distributed prior to sessions so if you are new to Aussie Rules that does not stop you from helping out. If you are able to volunteer, you can email me direct at dale_carmody@ais.com.sg or fill in the volunteer sheet that will be available at our registration day and first session. If you are interested in joining after the season begins, come and let yourself be known and we will get you involved. I have had some great response thus far, we still require coaches at the U/7 and U/12+ level so if you are available please let me know.

We also have Neil Barras ( AFL Coaching Mentor ) returning to run a refresher course on Saturday, February 7th at 10am. This is open to all interested coaches and will be focused on the game sense activities that we will be running this year. If you are interested please email the sharks and we will distribute venue and further information as the dates gets closer.

Your help in coaching would be greatly appreciated! Looking forward to another great year of Aussie Rules with our kids, see you on Saturday!

Dale Carmody

U5 and U6 Auskick

Saturday sees the start of the Singapore Sharks AFL Auskick program and that means that the U5 & U6 kids get to take part in a fantastic AFL and movement program in the Big Gym at AIS. For those that are new, the gym is air-conditioned, so you won’t have to melt in the hot Singapore sun! With the kids starting Saturday I was hoping to increase the amount of volunteer coaches that I have to run different stations and activities. The success of the program relies heavily on volunteer/parent involvement. You don’t have to do any planning, this is all done for you. A session card will be given to you so that you know exactly what the activities and stations involve, and you don’t even need AFL experience to do so! If you are able to step-up during the 2015 season and assist please email me at ian_forbes@ais.com.sg, let me know which age group (U5, U6 or both) and I will add you to the list. Each week (usually on a Thursday or Friday) I email out the weeks session so you know in advance what’s going on.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Ian Forbes

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 3 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. Please also be reminded that all kids should apply sunscreen before training.

Exclusive offer from Nike

Thanks to Paul Faulkner and Nike, SSFC have been offered an exclusive two weeks discount period to purchase new footy boots and sports gear at a significant saving.  For the first two weeks in February Nike outlet stores in Changi Business Park and West Coast Plaza will offer an addition 40% discount on all Football Footwear and an additional 30% off apparel. Discount to be applied at the checkout. A voucher must be shown. Please see any of the committee members or coaches to receive your voucher!

More on Footy Boots

The footy boot swap concept was a little slow to get off the ground. All footy boots that were still in the stockpiles at the end of last year were donated to a group of kids during a tour to a school in Nepal. The kids were very grateful and no doubt have never had a pair before. We will continue to off the footy boot swap in 2015 so after you have new Nike boots, please drop them in.

Nepal Visit

Sharks Mum and Committee Member, Johanna Nuttall visited a school in Nepal in late 2014. Below is an excerpt of her words to SSFC:

The donation of Sharks footy gear – backpacks, socks and players and coaches uniforms were delivered to the BASA Elementary and Secondary School located in the Solokhumbu region of East Nepal last week as part of our AIS Schools for Schools Community and Service Project.  Twenty students and five teachers delivered the gear after walking for two full (10 hour) trek days to scale the Himalayan mountains to arrive at the school.  We were all exhausted and arrived in the dark to a ceremonious welcome from the whole school who had been anticipating our arrival from the morning – photo attached was lit with head torches as there is no electricity at this school.  There are just over 300 students at this particular school which is new to our project and will be a continued sponsored school over the next few years (despite its remote location).    Ideally, next year’s project group will get to see the students running around and playing in the gear donated this year.

Thank you Sharks FC, for your generous donations and for the joy you have created at the BASA School in the Solokhumbu Valley of Nepal.

Johanna Nuttall

AIS Nepal Schools for Schools Community and Service Project

Save the Date

We are excited to announce the date of the annual SSFC Trivia Night will be Saturday April 25 – ANZAC Day. Please save the date with more details to follow.

Social Media:

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

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

Look forward to a great turn out for our first bounce on 31 January!

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