With the AISHK ECA online enrolment for Term 4 about to be opened, we would like to share with our community the opportunities lie ahead within the world of sport, here at AISHK.
It is an incredibly busy, upcoming term with many local leagues, tournaments, competitions as well as international events. We encourage all students to get involved with a sport, the benefits extend beyond the physical. There is currently much evidence to suggest that the social and emotional wellbeing of young people are enhanced by being involved in sport. In fact, more and more national sporting bodies are pushing for young people to try a range of sports and advising against specialising too early. We are fully in support of this approach at AISHK and espouse this by offering a balanced, well-rounded education.
It is currently the main season of Netball for our Primary students with ECA training on Wednesday afternoons for Year 2 – Year 5. Students who excel will have the opportunity to represent the AISHK Kangaroos in the HKPSSA U11 tournaments (Kowloon and Hong Kong Championships). Another objective is to start building more relationships with other key netball schools and to cultivate more opportunities for our younger year levels. Watch this space!
Our senior girls are about to enter the local ISSFHK season for U16 and U20. We have two teams representing in U16 and one at U20 level. Our top girls will have opportunity to take their talents abroad with ACAMIS Netball (U19) being held in Shanghai in late October, and the AISA Games (U16/17) in Kuala Lumpur in November. Training will be held on Monday mornings.
We have plenty of Touch Rugby taking place in term 4, with our Primary program kicking into gear and training on Tuesday afternoons. Those who do well enough will join some of our Year 7 and 8 students to represent the school at the SDRC Touch tournament (U14) held in Shenzhen in late November.
Our senior Touch players are preparing for ACAMIS Touch (U19) which we will co-host here in Hong Kong at the beginning of November, while our 16 and under players will be heading along to the AISA Games in Kuala Lumpur, later in November. Secondary Touch training is held on Tuesday afternoons.
We are currently in the heart of the ISSFHK Volleyball season with 5 teams entered from U14 up to U20. Volleyball is a growing sport at AISHK with more students learning and getting involved in the game each year. We have a calendar packed with over 36 volleyball fixtures, with AISHK hosting many of them. We look forward to taking a boys and a girls U19 team to ACAMIS in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in late October.
Term 4 is soccer season for our Primary students. The HKPSSA will hold several tournaments (U11) at which our teams will represent AISHK, so do look out for the trial dates. SDRC Soccer (U14) is being held in Guangzhou this year, with trials on Tuesday 10 September and we look forward to bringing strong teams to this event. Unfortunately, as can be the case with busy sporting schools, the tournament does fall at a time when our Year 6 are away on their Beijing trip, so this may open up opportunities for other students.
For any Primary students who would like more opportunities to play soccer, we have extended our relationship with Asia Pacific Soccer Schools, who will host a Saturday, 5 aside competition at ISF Academy. Please contact Mr Tait if this is something you would be interested in and your details can be passed on to APSS.
Currently, in the local league, we have 3 ISSFHK U14 teams fighting it out to win a banner, which will continue through to the end of October. Some of these players will also be hoping to be selected for AISA Games in November.
After a strong SDRC tournament back in Term 2, we will look to continue that form going in to the AISA Games (U16/17) in November. Our basketball program is also preparing for the ISSFHK Season 2 to begin in November. We will be looking at how many teams we can enter and in what grades, so please keep an eye out for information on this.
We still have our younger players developing their skills under our external provider during our Friday ECA slot. We are always encouraging our players to get involved in the basketball program, both boys and girls, with weekend fixture opportunities available.
This week AISHK has successfully hosted two mini meets through the ISSFHK organisation. By hosting and participating in these events, the swimmers will qualify for the ISSFHK Championships held in November. These championships, as well as the HKSSF Championships held in October, cater to U12, U14, U16 and U20.
We have a selection of swimmers heading to Bangkok at the end November for the Royal Bangkok Swim Club Invitational meet, which is a prestigious event hosting a range of international schools and clubs.
Our top boys players are currently representing AISHK in a combined team in the A Grade competition of the HKSRU league. Ensuring we provide our players with opportunities to play the game they enjoy can be a challenge, but combining with other schools in a similar situation has proven to be a successful recipe over the past few seasons. Beginning in Term 4, our Rugby ECA opens to all players including girls, from U12 through to our U20. Our experienced coaches will divide the training up to ensure players are getting the most out of the sessions at the appropriate levels. Rugby training will be held on Thursday afternoons on the school field.
The AFL ECA has been as successful as ever, however, it will unfortunately not run during Term 4. We will, however, endeavour to find training slots for students selected to represent the school in the annual HKPSSA event held on 22 October. This year, AISHK will be hosting this exciting event at King’s Park and we look forward to our teams experiencing some good competition from the other AFL schools in Hong Kong.
In the past, running at AISHK has been a relatively popular ECA. We are bringing this ECA back and hope to cater to not only our competitive runners, but also those seeking the health benefits of this sport. Please keep an eye out on the ECA schedule for the Running ECA on Friday mornings, as we will be inviting our parents to come and join in the fun (we all need to run a lot more!). The Cross Country season for both primary and secondary students will be in Term 1 next year and we will look to split our runners so the elite can train in a more intense manner, building to the end of the year.
Tim Tait | Director of Sports & Activities