Sharks ready for opener

Well done to everyone who attended our first training camp this weekend at Christ’s Hospital.

Personally, I thought it was a very enjoyable day – not just from a football point of view but also to get to know the team better.

dsc_0005.jpgA huge thanks to Dayle for organising the day – well done to you. And also thanks to Neil and Dave for running their respective parts of the day.

I hope that everyone who attended got something out of the day. I think we’re prepared now for our opening games next weekend.

I have written up a release for the local paper, the Observer, plus sent it to the BAFL league site. I’ve reproduced it here for you:

This past weekend saw the Chichester Sharks hosting their 2008 training camp at Christ’s Hospital, near Horsham.

The camp, run by Head Coach Dayle Kirby, was in preparation for the new BAFL Flag football season that kicks off next weekend, with the Sharks visit to Mildenhall.

The full day camp involved a mixture of classroom and on field elements, and was well attended by existing and new players. The morning classroom sessions included a review of both the offensive and defensive playbooks, before taking to the field in the afternoon to put the learnings into practise.

“This was a great opportunity to get a head start on the season”, said Coach Kirby, “and to ensure everyone is comfortable with the playbook before our first game. We open against the US Air Force team, Mildenhall Mayhem, a team we’re very familiar with from the ESFL. They have a particularly potent offense, so we need to ensure we’re well prepared”.

It’s not too late to join the Sharks for their 2008 campaign, so if you’re interested in playing or volunteering, you can contact the Sharks through the team website – or by email –

dsc_0002.jpgLet’s hope we don’t have to do any more 10 minutes runs any time soon, as that was nearly the end of me. Though that said, even though I ache today, I’m just glad I didn’t suffer like those that ate the dodgy curry afterwards 🙁

Details for next weekend’s trip will be added to site in the next couple of days so check back soon.

Anyone got a comment about yesterday? Add it below 🙂

Training Camp This Weekend

This Sunday sees the first ever Chichester Sharks training camp, held at Christ’s Hospital, near Horsham.

The camp will be run by Head Coach Dayle Kirby, with assistance from coaches Dave Lee and Neil Henderson and the club committee. The day will involve a mixture of classroom and on field elements, designed to prepare us for the inaugural 2008 BAFL Flag season.

The morning classroom sessions will include a review of both the offensive and defensive playbooks, before taking to the field to put the learnings into practise in the afternoon.

There is a minimal fee of £2 each to pay for the day. Could you also please bring a packed lunch or cash for a trip to the supermarket?

The day starts at 10 a.m. sharp, as there is a lot to get through in the morning so please don’t be late. The day is scheduled to end at 5 p.m.

Dayle has tentatively booked a table at a local Indian restaurant (12 dish buffet for £8.95!) for 6.00 p.m. Please let us know if you’re interested in staying for this part too.

After the meal, Dayle had offered to host a Madden tournament back in his classroom for those that are interested.

This is a great opportunity to get a head start on the season and to ensure everyone properly understands the playbook before our first game the following weekend – so please make every effort to come along.

For those needing directions, here is the postcode – RH13 0YP

If you need a lift, leave a message here or send me a text.

Registration Deadline Approaching

To compete in the 2008 season as a member of the Chichester Sharks, BAFA require you to become a registered member. The cost of this is £32.00 for the year and includes your insurance.

Everyone needs to complete a form, which has to be sent in as a single batch by our Committee. We gave out a few forms last Sunday, but some of them were missing a 2nd sheet, so we’ll be bringing more this weekend.

We need to get them in before the season starts, so we’re aiming to send them off next Tuesday (25th). This means we need to get all the information sorted this weekend.

If you have not registered with BAFA before, you will need to:

  • complete the form on Sunday
  • bring a passport sized photograph
  • bring £32 in cash
  • bring a photocopy of documentation that proves your age (e.g. driving license, passport, birth certificate)

If you cannot get a photocopy, bring the original to training. I will take it and get a photocopy for you. However, in doing so you’ll have to agree that I’m not responsible for any loss or damage to the document.

If you’re been registered with BAFA in the last two years, you will need to:

  • complete the re-registration form on Sunday
  • bring £32 in cash
  • bring your BAFA registration number

I have to stress that all the individual forms go in together as one team submission, so please make sure you attend training this weekend, bringing your cash and a photo and proof of age photocopy if necessary.

New Season, New League, New Site!

Welcome to the new site of the Chichester Sharks.

With a new season and league upon us, I thought it a good time to give the site an overhaul. We’d been running the other site for a good few years and it had reached a point when there were too many technical limitations that were stopping me doing what I wanted to do to improve the site.

Anyway, I hope you like the new look – its not quite finished but its getting there. Have a little look around there are some new features that you might like:

  • Check out the forum – you can sign up and chat in here about anything football related – be it Sharks, BAFL, NFL, Arena football, College football – and pretty much anything else
  • Take a look at our all time history – every competitive game the Sharks have ever played is logged here. Happy to say that we’ve won more games than any of English team since we’ve been playing 🙂
  • Take a look at your profile on the Roster page – if you’re not on there, send me your details and I’ll get it uploaded
  • Check out our Film room, with footage from a selection of our games

There is plenty more, so have a dig around. If you can think of anything else you’d like to see on here, let me know. I’ll be adding things as the season goes on – like the fixtures, results and match reports.

As ever, leave a comment below, at least to show me you’re out there!


Back to School

Chichester Sharks Head Coach Dayle Kirby has been visiting Bishop Luffa School to introduce the students to flag football.

On Tuesday, Dayle worked with two PE classes, covering various aspects of the game, including catching, tackling and running routes. The group of around forty girls took to this new sport with surprising ease, as their coach-for-the-day announced the Sharks’ plans to develop a youth section in 2008.

Dayle, who also teaches and coaches at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, returns to the Chichester school for another ‘taster’ on Monday. “After that,” he commented, “it will be down to the students to decide if they would like to play flag football more regularly. I really hope they do,” he added, “as a number of them showed real ability.”

If you would like to arrange a visit from the Chichester Sharks, please post a message here or e-mail