#TGIFloorball for Kids

Our club’s aim for this scheme is to introduce floorball to kids in a safe and conducive environment while letting them grow and learn together.

Am very happy that through one of our players, we managed to partner a voluntary welfare organisation to include children who do not have the means to play floorball to our scheme.

Promising times indeed!

Head over to www.tgifloorball.com to register. We have a few slots left.

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Update about the Orcas & TGIFloorball

The KBFF Orcas in Division 3

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Our first game against Zyrus FC marked the commencement of the Division 3 Singapore Floorball League. Although we got off on the wrong foot, it pushed us to train even harder for our next match. Our Man of the Match (MOTM) was Amielle Alimusa (#01), who was our keeper of the day with many nice saves to boot. Amielle has been with KBFF since she was 15!

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Amielle: As a backup keeper, i felt honoured to kick off the season with the team. I haven’t stepped into court in the past year and i was hella nervous that i would mess up, however the girls gave me constant encouragement that i needed throughout the game which really helped me get in my zone. I’m ever so grateful to be in a team that puts so much faith and trust in me. I owe my motm title to the team & coach for their genuine support and guidance, y’all are da real mvp 💪

Determined to bounce back after our loss last week, we fought hard in our game against NTU Storm.

As aptly put by our MOTM Emily Ortega (#33), “The game on Sunday was a great one for us because not only was it our first win of the season, we displayed some fine team play and team spirit! We’ll continue to work hard and play well for the rest of the season…and score more goals!

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Our lack of intensity and and focus cost us our third game against Katana FC. A third period fightback was not enough.

Our MOTM was Jaime Cheong and our players’ choice award went to one of our pioneers, Koh Hui An. She has been with us from our rough 2010 beginnings 😀

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With the seniors putting in a good shift, this game was a timely wake up call for the young players to use the holiday break to train much harder.

#TGIFloorball 2018

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PSLE posting results: No floorball CCA?

Yesterday was the posting results for selection of secondary schools. For parents, if your daughter was posted to a school that does not offer floorball for girls, fret not!

Your daughter can still play at club level, with us. Our coaches have much experience mentoring young players. In addition, we have girls aged 10 to 13 in our training squad so they will definitely not be alone.

If your daughter has a floorball CCA but would like to play at league level as well for exposure, let us know.

Our training resumes in January so contact us to find out more.

Yuan Zhen’s Floorball Experience in Denmark

One of our Dolphins, Yuan Zhen, left us mid-league last season to start her school exchange in Denmark. One of our fastest runners (in dispute because Wanyi just informed me she was first, not you) in our team, she decided to join a floorball team after we expressed our concern that she would pursue her passion for dance and never come back to us. Yuan Zhen is not fond of socialising and making friends so that was a real consequence.

This is her story 😀

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Being on an exchange in Denmark, I decided to take on the challenge to pursue my interest towards floorball. It has really been an enjoyable experience joining Lyngby Floorball Forening, a Danish floorball team. Initially, I was worried that I would not be able to understand the coach and the terms used in trainings.

However, all these concerns were redundant. Training was conducted in English and even though the terms used were slightly different as compared to those that were used in Singapore, it was not difficult to understand with demonstrations before practising the play-ups. Also, I am thankful for the assistance and guidance provided by the other team members to help me integrate with the team and improve my floorball skills.

The team that I am participating in plays in the second best division in Denmark and takes part in competition that is similar to the Singapore Floorball League. I definitely learnt a lot from the different ‘style’ of playing and gained experiences from the matches that I took part in.

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I had fun training with the team and they included me in their festivals which were new to me. It is a tradition to celebrate festivals such as Halloween in Denmark where we were encouraged to dress up. On the night before Halloween, my coach and a few of my Danish teammates went for training all dressed up. It was interesting to see how the same festivals are being celebrated differently in different countries.

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Overall, I had a great time training with the Danish team. Like Singapore, floorball is a relatively new sport in Denmark. It is an eye-opening experience playing for a team with different culture and team dynamics and seeing how the floorball scene has been growing worldwide.

IFF GOGIRLS! Part 2

Part 2: All interviews were done separately but more than mere coincidence, their answers raised similar experiences.

Rachel, 19

1. What makes you feel proud to be a woman?

Women have aced multitasking – dealing with family & children as well as juggling work life. Freedom too because women now are allowed to speak about their opinions and play a crucial role in society unlike long ago where women were seen as “housewives” and “slaves to their husbands”.

2. Are there any challenges you face, just because you’re female?

Women can be physically stronger and withstand pain better than men like during childbirth. However, it is just nature that men are more physically powerful than women. Being a woman, for example, travelling alone is possible, of course, but women have to weigh the consequences. Men rarely do.

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What makes you proud to be a woman?

I think, as a woman, we tend to be more emotional and sensitive. As such we break down easily. However, despite it, we have better control over our emotions. We are able to channel our emotions into positive things better.

The idea of being versatile makes me proud to be a woman. Generally women are better at multitasking many roles. For example, a student, a daughter, a mother and a colleague. Each role has a purpose attached to it and woman are better at executing each role. This makes us women powerful!

The ability to break away from stereotypes and notions which has the ability to put us down makes us strong. We do not allow any kind of oppression determine our future. We are willing to stand and fight for what we believe in and help others to achieve their goals.

Are there any challenges you face, just because you’re a female?

The notion of beauty is one issue that never fails to make its appearance. Women being compared to another on their feminine characteristics and physique. For example, the idea that all women should look like Gal Gadot. This tends to affect the confidence of women because it causes self-doubt and lowers their self-esteem. Instead of pitting women against each other, we should learn how to compliment one another.

The idea that women should be home by a certain time and cannot travel is another issue that I still face as a woman. Due to the increase in threat to women’s safety, it is hard to convince parents to allow you to stay out. Although we are capable of taking care of ourselves, parents will always harbour that fear.

In a largely patriarchal society where men are pretty much the main character, it is very hard to climb the ladder and be equals to men no matter what we do.

Nurul, 25

1. What makes you feel proud to be a woman?

Many reasons why I’m proud to be a woman- we are able to multi task, are emotionally stronger, compassionate and we are able to have babies! 😍.

2. Are there any challenges you face, just because you’re a female?

Having to compete with other women and pay more for things like clothes, cosmetics, cannot travel alone and having to look appealing all the time. Life may be such but being a women is wonderful.

Marissa, 27

Well, there are many reasons why I am so grateful and proud to be a woman. There are so many beautiful and powerful female figures today doing amazing things and changing the world! They make me feel like women do really run the world and keep me inspired. We are generally passionate and emotional beings so being in a team full of women, there are a lot of heart to heart talks. So we are really a closely-knit and organised team. Plus, we have an infinite amount of fashion choices! (Hehe)

I do admit that sometimes as a professional woman, I do face some challenges in my daily life because of my gender. However, I understand that this is often due to societal’s expectation of how women should be like. Thankfully, this problem is not as pronounced here in Singapore and so far, I have plenty of opportunities and freedom to do the things that I love (like floorball!).

[Marissa & Nurul are wearing teal jerseys by KBFFxDribble]

Our Take post IFF’s GOGIRLS! Floorball Project

“There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.” – UN’s #DayoftheGirl every 11 October

In October as well, the International Floorball Federation also touched on how to get more girls to play floorball.

From their website, “The IFF aims to provide guidance on the different challenges faced by girls in obtaining access to participation in sport, and to help break down those barriers within the international Floorball family.”

Singapore floorball is the best in Southeast Asia. Surely one cannot point to discrimination in and out of the floorball court here!

However, sometimes, the discrimination lies in the little things.

For instance, are we allowed the same level of physicality as men when we play? Or is one push too many?

Do our girls have the choice to wear skirts instead of shorts for floorball? Or is that discrimination?

Will there one day be goalie equipment suitable for women?

A long way to go.

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1v1 time!

We asked the youngest player to have joined KBFF years ago, Yun Xuan, what makes her feel proud to be a woman and what challenges she faced because of it.

In her words:

I am proud to be a woman because i get to change other people’s perspectives on what it means to be a woman.

Growing up with a mother that had a traditional mindset, it was not easy being the only daughter. When i was younger, my mother used to make me wear preppy dresses along with outrageous hair styles whenever we went out (I was basically a human doll for her). I hated the clothes she bought so much that i hid them away and refused to tell my mother where they all were. Needless to say my mother and I had countless arguments over our differences in fashion styles.

My two older brothers were my role models; I wanted to be just like them. We would challenge each other to wrestling fights, sprints and many other activities that was deemed too “violent” for a girl, according to my mother.

Even though I did not fit into the cookie cutter version of what my mother had initially envisioned, she has learned to be more accepting of me over the years. Nowadays, she does not mind me playing floorball all the time, going for trainings etc (of which she used to nag at me all the time for).

Thus, i am proud to be a woman who does not conform to gender stereotypes, because I get to break these stereotypes and change the people around me, instead of changing myself to suit the needs of other people.

Well said, yx!

To be continued.

[Yun Xuan’s jersey by KBFFxDribble]