Throughout the world, football is something that seems to matter, a lot, to many people! You merely have to watch a match on TV, go to a game or simply stroll along the beach of a Sunday to witness the emotion, loyalty and excitement it evokes from those who live for the game.
Allianz understands this and as such, has been an avid supporter of football for many years, recognising the passion they see that comes from the sport. It was with this in mind (along with their Platinum Partnership with the Munich Football Club) when they created the Allianz Junior Football Camp in 2009 to develop ‘football youth engagement’.
After several successful years along with the massive growth in popularity of football among youth across Asia, Allianz commenced an Asian Football Camp in 2013 to provide an opportunity for more teens from ages 14 to 16 years to have the chance to participate. Now in its third year, Finns Recreation Club recently hosted the Allianz Junior Football Camp for the second time from July 28th – 31st.
32 teens hailing from Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand were scouted and selected from thousands of hopefuls across Asia for the opportunity to participate in the three day camp led by Munich Football Club coach, Timon Pauls.
After a successful camp at Finns Recreation Club in 2014, organisers were more than happy to return this year to take advantage of the facilities, quality training support staff and securely fenced and manicured Sports Field Finns Recreation Club has to offer. It was the ideal location to host their three day intensive football clinic.
On the first day of their football adventure the talented teens, many of whom were experiencing their first overseas adventure, enjoyed some introductory exercises on the beach, getting to know their team members from various countries as well as a welcome dinner. Day two and three involved some intensive skills and game training at Finns Recreation Club along with an opportunity to enjoy Bali’s diverse culture and stunning geography with a visit to local temples and the beach! On the final day, prizes were awarded to the winning team of the tournament from the day before as well as the exciting opportunity to be selected as a wild card winner for a place at the Allianz Junior Football Camp in Munich, held from August 13th – 18th.
A coveted spot in the Munich Camp afforded team members the opportunity to train with Munich Football Club, meet the soccer stars in person as well as a behind the scenes tour of the of the club and the Allianz Arena and of course, a six day trip to Germany!
Camps such as the one in Munich and the Asian Junior Football Camp held at Finns Recreation Club serve not only to inspire and develop sporting talents but also provide a glimpse into the professional world of football. For information and details about how to apply for the Allianz Junior Football Camp for 2016, check the Allianz website as they post the selection process around April – May for the camp in Bali in July.
Sign Up Now for Term 1 Fun
With so many different indoor and outdoor activities on offer, and in an effort to aid in the task of choosing the one best suited to your budding young sports stars, the JSA recently held their open day at Finns Recreation Club on Saturday August 3rd.
The day commenced from 3pm with free entry to Finns Recreation Club for the afternoon! Along with games, activities and prizes, it was the perfect opportunity for regular JSA devotees as well as newcomers to sign up for their favourite activities prior to the start of the season, in order to secure their places for Term 1.
Due to the continuous increase in popularity and interest in the program, available places for last term’s JSA activities filled quickly. Signing up at this year’s open day was a great way to ensure eight weeks of fun, fitness, sports and skill development with the Junior Sports Academy with participants benefiting from the expertise of highly experienced international coaches, professional athletes and even ex Olympians!
Saturday’s open day also afforded budding Junior Sports Academians and their families the opportunity to speak with coaches and staff on a one to one basis, enabling them to gain full insight into what this term’s program has to offer. Finns Recreation Club included a major draw card to sweeten the deal for prospective JSA members, with every enrolment on the day going into the draw to win a Starlight Movies VIP Package! The prize allowing the winner to enjoy star treatment for an evening with a Starlight Movie of their choice, VIP seating area for the winner and five of their friends along with ice cream, cool drinks and pop corn during the show! Clearly a popular incentive judging from the number of eager enrolees and you could barely wipe the smile from prize winner, Connor Smith’s face as he collected his prize!
As always, the Junior Sports Academy continues to offer programs across a variety of sports including Soccer, AFL, Tennis, Swimming, Dance, Gymnastics, Basketball and Trampolining. Coaches are experienced and fully accredited and each sport provides for skill development across all age groups and abilities.
So, what’s new for the JSA term ahead? For the first time, the Term 1 program now offers Auskick across two afternoons a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Non-member parents and guardians who wish to enjoy Finns Recreation Club facilities whilst their children are participating in JSA activities can do so for a minimal entrance fee of just Rp120,000 and JSA members can now bring parents, guardians and siblings (up to 9 persons per accompanying JSA member) into the Finns Recreation Club for only half of the normal day pass rate from 3pm Monday to Friday! A Play Performance & Presentation afternoon is also scheduled for October 1st for JSA students to showcase their newfound skills to family and friends in the comfortable grounds and surrounds of Finns Recreation Club.
All in all, Term 1 is shaping up to be a stellar eight weeks of activities. Don’t miss the chance for your child to be a part of it – sign up now by contacting the Junior Sports Academy on: