Following are write ups on several of the Dragons Clubs Sports Activities at East Campus, including Cricket, Badminton, and Volleyball.
Spin, Drive and Hook - Dragons Cricket Club
By Coach Diviya
To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win. Ian Botham
2017/2018 saw the first steps in our Dragons Cricket Club at UWCSEA East. With sessions running five days a week for our enthusiastic and talented cricket players, we were able to see huge leaps and bounds with the development in both their understanding and skill level. The focused age groups throughout the year were our 11U, 12U and 14U squads who played in games throughout ACSIS, the AIS tournament, Last Man Standing, T20 and most recently the 2-day cricket format. The diverse formats have given our players maximum game time and exposure against different opponents and in different conditions. This has helped to develop their passion, flare and confidence throughout the game.
Season 3 saw our DCC teams playing in the T20 tournament versus the MS Dhoni Academy, in the U12/14 combined Last Man Stands league as well as in the 2-day tournaments on our Monday Night Lights games on the UWCSEA East Sports Field. Every Monday night the squad played late into the evening under the spotlights with great team cohesion and commitment.
During Season 3, with great determination the UWCSEA East Team won the T20 championship and 3rd place overall in the LMS U-12/14 league. However, it was the 2-day tournament format which really helped the players to find their groove with the players notching up scores in excess of 50 quite regularly as well as picking up 3-4 wickets in their bowling innings. The longer format gave the team time to get settled into a rhythm and slowly open up; ideal for building temperament as well as gauging/improving match fitness.
The programme under the leadership of Coach Diviya has flourished with a squad in excess of 25 players competing and training on a weekly basis in the crickets nets and more recently using our field for game play and fielding drills.
On the back of this, we are extremely proud to announce that the following players; Eshaan Govil, Rohin Patel, Adwitya Bhargava, Vihaan Maheshwari and Suryansh Gulecha have been selected to train with the U16 national development squad.
With thanks to Coach Diviya who has made fantastic progress with our players in Year 1 and we look forward to see what is in store in Year 2 for our Dragons Cricket Club.
Up and Over - Dragons Badminton Club
Secret Mission: Dragons Badminton Club
Mission Bio Data
Dates: Season 2, 3, 4 2017/2018
No. of students: 60 - Season 2, 70 - Season 3 and 4
Location: Sports Hall 2,3,4
Timing: 4.30-6.30pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday rain or shine
Competitions: U11/U12, U14/U19 vs St Anthony Canossian Secondary School, CHIJ Toa Payoh, Junity Shuttlers Junior and Senior Teams (2 Away and 3 Home games)
Overall Performance: Students have grown tremendously in skills and character during training and friendly matches against tougher competition (local schools). They have enjoyed their friendships made not just in their small groups they train in (most student friendly ratio of 1:4-6) but also with the larger community.
More than 70% of students continued with DBC in Season 3 and 4 after a successful inaugural Season 2. We have seen their training translate into more cohesive and better performance (more than 70% podium finishes across levels) during season time as most if not all of the students go on to join school teams and compete.
Beyond performance, they are learning the more important life skills of teamwork, perseverance, discipline and to enjoy sport for life. We are a family and strong community of badminton enthusiasts and expect to come back with a bang for 2018/2019!
Mission Status: Accomplished. Stay tuned for next year!
Dragons Volleyball Club
By Coach Kelly
For the 2017/2018 season, the Dragons Volleyball Club (DVC) started our second season with a three times a week training. We are pleased that we are getting more players who are keen to develop their volleyball skills this season. To maximise the effectiveness of every session, we segment the players into those who are in the beginner stage and those who are already seasoned players. The Monday sessions focus on developing the advanced players, Wednesdays are for those just starting off and Thursdays are when we come and train together.
This training arrangement allows me to plan each session according to the skill level of the DVC players. It has been great to be able to work on fundamental skills for the beginners who are mostly from Grade 9. Then for the advanced players, I get to work on fine-tuning their volleyball skills for improved gameplay.
In Season 3, the two groups, beginner and advanced players, came together for their training every Monday and Thursday. The training focused more on gameplay and the introduction of player positioning. The combination of the two groups is necessary as a bigger group is needed for such training. Such training helped the DVC players to prepare for the U19 Lions Volleyball Challenge 2018 organised by SAIS and the IVC U16 Challenge Cup. We managed to finish 2nd for the U19 competition. The participation in these competitions gave our players good exposure and experience at the competitive levels.
When we started Season 4, it consisted of regular training for the Grade 9 DVC players. After two seasons, I could see the marked improvement in the players' skills as well as focus and attitude during training. I hope to build on this for all the DVC players moving towards a new academic year.