We had a nice warm Singapore day to kick off the new season. A few drops of long overdue rain didn't slow proceedings.  Another great show of interest with individual registrations now topping 300.

Level 1 Coaching Accreditation:

On Saturday morning, we had 30 Dads and 1 Mum complete the first of two weeks of the AFL Level 1 coaching accreditation course. We are lucky to have Neil Barras facilitate this; Neil is a long time coaching mentor with the AFL and University Lecturer. Neil is generously volunteering his services to the club and the first session was very beneficial. The content evolved around drills and methods to enhance the kid’s skills and engagement, with planning a major component. All participants committed to completing an online coaching course followed by 8 hours of practical learning and evaluation. This is a terrific effort by all involved and gives our club a very well-resourced group of coaches. It was great to be a part of, and more importantly, to be able to think about the benefits to our kids moving forward. Thanks to everyone involved, I am looking forward to seeing what Neil has in store this week!

Coaches report from the oval:

A huge turnout first week as we had over 300 kids enjoying a kick of the footy on a Saturday afternoon. The first week was all about getting to know the coaches and other kids, as well as touching the footy for the first time in a while. This year we will continue to concentrate on the skills of the game and the application of these skills in a game situation. Different year levels are ready for different experiences and we will cater to the needs of the individual groups. The Year 6+ group will play some games in Term 2 against visiting opposition so will be looking towards this. Our younger groups are working on basic ball handling skills and applying these in fun games. It was great to see so many volunteers on hand to help the kids and be involved. Please feel free to join in if you are around, the more coaches we have the better. We look forward to seeing you all again this week!

Coaches report from the gym:

It was a fantastic start to the Prep and Pre-school session in the Big Gym on Saturday. The kids were excited, the parents were excited and the coaches were definitely excited! We had about 70 budding footballers take part in activities to enhance their fundamental motor skills and overall co-ordination, all with an AFL flavour; activities including some fun with balloons to assist with the players visual tracking, handballing and kicking at different targets, ball control exercises and work below the knees. We had lots of parents put their hand up to help out, which was fantastic and much appreciated. We hope to see you all there again next week. 

Training times are as follows:

  • Pre-school: 4 - 4.45pm in School Gym
  • Prep: 3 - 4pm in School Gym
  • Year 1: 3 – 4pm on Main Oval
  • Year 2 & 3: 2 – 3pm on Main Oval
  • Year 4 & 5: 4 -5pm on Main Oval
  • Year 6+: 5 - 6pm on Main Oval
  • Dads: 6 – 7pm on Main Oval


* BBQ. The kids kept Andrea and crew busy with sausage sandwiches and cold drinks proving extremely popular.  We are always looking for volunteers to help out. Please drop us a line here.

* Mouthguards. AFL is a contact sport. As part of the AISS Sharks Auskick program, Y4-5 and Y6+ players will be involved in tackling drills and practice matches. It was great to see that so many players already had mouthguards last weekend. Those that didn’t were reminded to do their best to acquire one before the upcoming weekend’s training session.

Here are some options:

Fitted mouthguards

• Dr David Bell, International Dental, Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, #02-01, Singapore 248649.

Ph 68873353 or info@internationaldental.com.sg. Cost is $59. For fitted mouthguards, this is a bargain.

Off-the-shelf mouthguards

• Motion Sports (Paragon Shopping Centre). A good supply of junior and senior mouthguards. $15.50 each.

• Liang Seng Sports (Marina Square, Tanjong Katong and University Town NUS). Range of affordable mouthguards from Adidas and Victory.

• Knockout Gear (Haji and Scape). Gel Max mouthguards from Shock Doctor. $25 each (subject to the store being open).

• Royal Sporting House (everywhere). Carries Nike “Max Intake Mouth Guard”. $35.90 each (subject to availability).

* The "footy boot swap" started well.  Please remember to bring in any old boots laying around the house to get the collection building.

*New Members Night – Friday, March 21st at Dallas Bar - 3rd Floor (Boat Quay) from 5.30pm.  Meet new people and make lasting friendships.  (Also happens to be Essendon vs. Nth Melbourne and a short AGM for The Sharks)

* Annual Trivia Night is on Saturday, April 26 at The Park Royal, (Beach Rd) Grand Ballroom from 7.30pm.  Table captains required – more details to follow.

* 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.

* There is a limited amount of footies for sale at the registration desk. Red soft kick size 2’ish. SGD $30. While stocks last.

* New kits and Auskick packs expected delivery early March. Sorry for the inconvenience to the new members …

* 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.

                                       Hope to see everybody on Saturday!!


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