KBFF and Beyond

For example, Beyond staff found that the young people hanging out at the void deck of a rental block were keen on floorball and roped in a floorball club to teach them the sport. Beyond also organised floorball tournaments and invited their parents and neighbours to cheer the youngsters on.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/how-beyond-social-services-scheme-gets-rental-block-residents-to-help-one-another

The TGIFloorball program for our kids in the neighborhood was mentioned briefly in the Straits Times last week.

Being able to afford to play a sport like floorball which requires expensive equipment and a specialised venue is a luxury.

So we started smol by partnering our Orcas’ coach Sonia Teo who has years of experience coaching kids.

She bought some junior floorball sticks online and we ordered a pair of portable goalposts from Jokasports.

The group grew in attendance and they showed us their commitment by attending training punctually and with tons of energy.

Soon enough, sustaining the program was becoming difficult for us because of competing stakeholder interests and issues like securing a proper long-term venue.

But the team pressed on and soon, we saw the light. We now have a proper venue thanks to Kebun Baru CC and we can organise floorball events with the support of Kebun Baru CSC. Along the way, we have also met many supportive parents who volunteered to settle the small things like arranging snacks for the sessions.

Importantly, all that we have achieved so far would not have been possible without our coach Sonia Teo and my awesome KBFF teammates supporting the kids at events and training sessions.

Thank you for the shared belief and for doing this with one united team spirit.

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May, the Memories Last

KBFF has had even more fun floorball action since the last update.

The second quarter of the KB Kids TGIFloorball sessions commenced in April and will conclude with our 2nd Kids TGIFloorball Open during the June holidays. More details soon!

A major highlight of the month and possibly the year! was the team’s trip to Manila to play a weekend of friendlies with the Philippines national team.

The girls had such a wonderful time there. The PHI national team and coach were superb hosts. The atmosphere of the arena was even reminiscent of WFC.

Major kudos! to the KBFF organising committee for making the first team overseas trip smooth and memorable! KBfaf!

In the midst of all this, preparation for the Singapore Community Games (SCG) Floorball Sequel on 13 May got into full swing mode.

KBFF volunteered to co-organise this with the guidance of the friendly folks from PA Community Sports.

It was the first time floorball would be featured at the SCG and the stringent registration criteria (you gotta be neighbours to form a team) was daunting.

Despite initial doubts about whether the games could go on, floorball proved its popularity with more than 40 teams participating! Represent!

Our KB kids got to form teams for the U12 Mixed Open that day too. We are very proud of them!

January & February: KBFF Orcas

In January, the KBFF Orcas earned 2 hard-fought wins out of 4 games in the Singapore Floorball League with some held at the new court in Our Tampines Hub.

A match to remember was definitely the game against Supernova. Our keeper, Xuan Zhi, had NUS IHG that day and could not make it.

Our vice-captain Serene Quek stepped up to suit up and take a crash course in goalkeeping.

It was quite an experience for Serene. She faced quite a number of box plays and even a penalty. Overall, a valiant performance that earned much cheer and support from her teammates before and after the game.

“Initially, I wasn’t very keen on taking up the position because I didn’t feel that I would be suitable but after playing, it felt good because the team was supportive. Although I didn’t feel confident, everyone kept reassuring me and it was very touching. In the end, I was glad I did it because it was truly an eye opening experience since it’s something that I have never done before.”
– Serene

Prizes and special mentions are a part of the KBFF Orcas tradition after every league game. This time, goalscorer Elise and Joshlyn, two of our recent recruits, were commended for their improvement and work ethic.

They may not be the best forwards around but their effort is there and I can see the change from then and now. – Coach Sonia Teo

Elise, Joshlyn and Serene with Coach

The referee’s MOTM was Ariel, the youngest player in our squad *claps*!

It was a Mixed Fortunes February as we lost one at the start and redeemed ourselves at the game yesterday despite the long Chinese New Year break.

Well done to MOTM, our veteran Hui An, and Afiqah for the splendid improvement in her first ever league season.

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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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A Bigger Meaning 

#TGIFloorball yesterday, our weekly social seriously just for fun floorball session, was literally a ball of fun. We got to know two new players. One had not touched her stick since her pre-U days so it was a good feeling to be the place she fell in love with floorball again. Better yet, our current #TGIFers are improving and are starting to give our macho keeper a harder time.

(macho keeper in the middle)

Today, a good friend asked me what my vision was for KBFF. I had not really thought about that. Perhaps I would say for now that we want KBFF to be a team for women of all ages and backgrounds to be able to be themselves without judgment and play safely with neither prejudice nor sexism.

Have a good long weekend!

— Sara

Back to training

Hope everyone had a fruitful long weekend. Sleep is for the weak!

Training for our women’s teams under coach Nahen continues tomorrow. If you are keen to play competitively, drop us a note.

#TGIFloorball is back on Friday. We had some responses over the weekend so looking forward to meeting fresh faces!

For our fifth annual futsal tournament, we need more responses to be able to go ahead with the various categories so do register your interest first so that we can help you with registration.

KBFF provides the most dedicated and personalised contact service in Singapore floorball to answer all your queries so contact us today via email or WhatsApp!