Some great playing by the kids
There are three football (soccer in Australia) reasons why I feel like I am in the middle of a soccer storm at the moment. The first is the Little League Schools Championship that happened last weekend, the second is the SCC Asia's Soccer Sixes Tournament 2009 happening this Saturday, and the third is that Liverpool F.C are coming to Singapore in July and the tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 22nd May.
Last weekend Chatsworth took part in the Little League Soccer Schools Championship against Tanglin Trust (TTS), Canadian International School (CIS), International School Singapore (ISS), and Overseas family School (OFS), at the superb grounds of OFS. The games were divided into year groups and it was terrific to watch children from 5 years to 10 years old just loving the game. They are actually quite competitive and I sensed a real rivalry between the schools (healthy I hope).
Little League did a great job as usual and the coaches worked hard at umpiring all the matches. I felt myself becoming one of those 'soccer mums' cheering on the side line, egging my son on and trying not to defend him if I felt there was an unfair call against him. The kids loved the cheers and enthusiasm from the sidelines, and they really felt like little soccer stars.
Unfortunately Ben's team lost the final to a very dramatic penalty shoot-out. You could see the disappointment on their faces, but as one parent so rightly remarked, loosing builds character! It was all in the name of fun anyway, and a great achievement for all the budding footballers. A consolation was that Chatsworth won the competition on points, gaining the most goals over the whole morning. They all put their heart and sole into it, and played some excellent football.
Ben and his team waiting to hear the results
For all those little footballers, The Singapore Cricket Club will be hosting its inaugural SCC Asia's Soccer Sixes Tournament 2009 on Saturday 23rd of May at the Padang. The tournament will involve 16 invited clubs/teams of OPEN age playing 6 aside matches, which consist of two x 7 Minute halves. A youth tournament (U13's) will also be staged at the same venue on the same day to promote the future soccer stars from the ASEAN region.
During the day, Little League will be holding a soccer carnival from 10:00am to 5:00pm which will include skills challenges for the public to get a chance to win various prizes. This is a great opportunity for for them to get a little more practice in.
Admission is free, and all are welcome.
The Singapore Cricket Club
Telephone +65 6338 9271
So the third reason for the soccer fever is that Liverpool are playing here against Singapore in July. This is quite a big deal, and very exciting for my kids who have never watched a live match. I haven't either for that matter; I lived in London for 7 years and never went, so guess this is the time. Here are the facts:
WHEN: Sunday, 26 July, 7pm
WHERE: National StadiumTICKETING DETAILS: $88 (Gallery), $188 (Grandstand).
Tickets will go on sale from Friday at all Adidas, Courts and Harry's Bar outlets. Each fan can buy a maximum of four tickets.