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Young Life Young Life Helping girls to make their move The benefits of playing team sport are well known, yet young women are twice as likely as young men to be inactive. Inspired by campaigns to encourage girls to move more, Pittwater Peninsula Netball (PPN) has organised a number of activities and extended invitations to all clubs to enjoy a Gala Day leading into the new season. “Research has indicated that girls’ participation in organised sport has decreased over the years and is much less that boy participation, despite the benefits sport gives young girls, especially teenagers,” said PNN Secretary Belinda Geros. Studies show in addition to greater energy and improved fitness, regular physical activity can help manage stress, alleviate depression and anxiety, strengthen self-esteem, enhance mood and boost mental alertness. “The earlier that our girls start playing sport, the more benefits they will experience and the longer these benefits will stay with them,” Belinda said. “We would like to create as many opportunities for our young girls from our community to be involved with a great team sport like netball for all ages and abilities and from a young age by encouraging as many families from our community to get involved.” The club will be running several skills clinics this year with some high-profile professional netballers teaching players of all ages and grades; it is expanding its indoor training facilities; fundraising for more equipment and getting involved in more gala days including running its own Gala Day in March for all clubs to attend. The 10yr and 11yr Gala Day hosted by PPN will be held at John Fisher Park on Sat 24 from 9am-1pm and comprise 20-minute games, (2 minutes halftime), with each team playing four games – no point score, no stress or pressure. The BBQs will be fired up from 8.30am and there will be coffee vans. Team entries close March 19. Meanwhile PPN team formation starts Feb 5 with 8yrs and 9yrs skills clinics on Feb 9 and 16. For more information go to peninsulanetball.org.au TUITION Northern Beaches Home Tu toring Call John 9972 1469 1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your home. All ages and subjects K-Uni. Qualifi ed tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009. David’s ace idea Local tennis coach David Vytopil is looking forward to serving up more tennis lessons at the Newport Community centre, where he has helped improve the games of all ages for the past two years. “The courts are in a pleasant environment, away from busy traffic,” explained David, who has been coaching for six years and launched his own ‘Action Tennis’ business a year ago. “Mums can stay and watch their kids in a relaxed, shaded setting, or drop them off and head to a local café to catch up with friends.” David (pictured), who also coaches at the Elanora Heights Tennis Club, has a background working at several tennis centres and has also worked at private schools on the north shore (he is police record-checked), with qualifications obtained through Tennis Australia. He coaches children using the Tennis Australia Hotshots program. As he explained: “I cater for all ages and levels and can accommodate group or private lessons, and for women’s groups I can arrange social matches with in-built coaching – I aim to provide a friendly, fun atmosphere.” David said he gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing students improve their tennis and gain confidence – something important as they start out and which will make them want to continue playing tennis later in life. “I have seen many kids come out of their shells and become more self-confident through tennis, all the while appreciating an enjoyable approach to the game.” David says his rates are “very competitive”; he is currently arranging a 9-week term starting on the 5th of February, with times available from 7-9am and 3.30pmdusk. For more info phone 0407 007 161. 42 FEBRUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991
Avalon SC shoots for success in 2018 local comp Avalon Soccer Club is gearing up for another great year down at ‘The Bay’ with officials offering a warm welcome to members, current and new, to season 2018. Online registrations are now open via the club’s website avalonsoccerclub.com.au – this is also the best source for general information about the club and the season ahead. The club will be holding one registration/orientation day at the Careel Bay Clubhouse on Saturday 10th February 2018 from 9am-5pm. They will also be selling new playing gear and club merchandise at great prices on these days (see ad on page 13). “Avalon SC prides itself on a friendly, family club environment,” said club president John Kowtan. “The club comprises more than 1,100 players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and we are entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. “AVSC strives to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment with the resources to their disposal. We put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels. “We are fortunate to boast two experienced and professional coaches as their Directors of Coaching. This allows us to provide members with quality coach education and academystyle coaching ‘in-house’.” The club’s dedication to player development has led to some great success in recent seasons and they look to build on this in 2018. Some of their recent achievements include: n MWFA Women’s Premier League Grand Final Winners & FA Cup Winners 2017; The Local Voice Since 1991 The Endsister by Penni Russon Allen & Unwin $16.99 It’s shaping up to be another great year of authors of Australian teen fiction writing for younger readers. Allen & Unwin has certainly plucked some winners, following last year’s turn with Jacyln Moriarty, they’ve just published WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Avalon SC’s League and GF-winning W16-1 team. award-winning Penni Russon’s The Endsister. n MAL-1 Semi-Finalists 2017; Cup in Canberra.” The Outhwaites move n W16-1 FNSW Champion Of As part of their effort to from Australia to begin a Champions Semi-Finalists continually improve the facilities new life in an inherited, 2017; at Careel Bay, new lighting haunted mansion in n MWFA W12-1, W15-1 and was installed on the mini fields London where the baby W16-1 (pictured) League and in 2016 which has greatly of the family, Sibbi, Grand Final Winners 2017; increased the area available begins to act very n MWFA Women’s Premier for training after dark and strangely, forever talking League FA Cup Winners 2016; future night matches. New about a mysterious n W14-1 FNSW Champion of drainage for the mini fields ‘endsister’. Champions Finalist 2016; has been completed recently Alternating narratives n W18-1 FNSW Champion of to enable more junior games between the siblings Champions Finalist 2015; to be played in the event of including 16-year-old n W16-1 FNSW Champion of rain, all boundary fencing has Else and 4-year-old Champions Winners 2013 & been renewed, including new Sibbi, plus a couple of 2014; car park fencing around field ghosts, make for pacy n MWFA Presidents Cup for 1, with plans to complete the chapters. The mystery Best Junior Club 2013; other fields in 2018. builds quickly plus there n FFA Junior Team of the Year “A lot of the club’s success is a satisfying amount 2012 (W16-1); is due to the hard work of the of character back story n Six successful tours to great committee and volunteers which helps round out Vanuatu in successive years at Careel Bay, who really make this tale. (2012-2017) by Avalon SC W16 everyone welcome and ensure Interestingly, Russon teams, promoting cultural exchange the atmosphere is one of a used online writing tool and women’s football friendly community club,” John and forum, Storybird, development in the region. said. to develop Endsister, “Planning and fundraising for If you’re interested in soliciting feedback and their 2018 tour of Vanuatu by volunteering or joining the support from readers. Avalon W16s is well advanced,” committee please email The results are now here John said. “The club will again Club President John Kowtan for everyone to enjoy. also be encouraging teams to at firstname.lastname@example.org – Libby Armstrong take part in the 2018 Kanga FEBRUARY 2018 43 Young Life