17 Dec 2018: Collingwood’s premier sporting event kicked off at the NJC when Collingwood All Stars, coaches, family and friends gathered to find out which players will have their names enshrined in gold on the Champions board that hangs in our foyer.
The Collingwood All Stars soccer year wrapped up with an awards ceremony, and with around 60 people cheering on the winners, it was the biggest awards afternoon yet.
CASP is for girls and boys aged six to 12 years, and teenagers to around 18 years who live in the City of Yarra.
A solid fixture in Yarra's sporting calendar, CASP attracts kids from all walks of life who find friendship and enjoy healthy dose of competitive fun on a level playing field.
Damian James, NJC’s Senior Registrar and CASP volunteer says it’s steadily growing in popularity, particularly for little kids.
“We’ve about 80 young players, and we’ve recently created a new division for six to eight-year-olds.”
Damian says it’s also great to see parents getting involved too.
“Many parents are fairly new to Australia so CASP is a great way to meet other parents.”
Older players train harder and CASP can be a stepping stone into competitive leagues across Melbourne.
They’re also encouraged to train the littlies to hone leadership skills, and coaching is also a great way to be a positive role model.
VicPol’s Youth Resource Officer, Chris ‘Geeks’ McGeachan, CASP's long-running head coach, set up the program in 2006. Damian and the NJC have been part of the team since 2010.
CASP couldn't happen without generous support from Yarra City Council, Collingwood College, the Australian Catholic College, and Streat Café.
The season kicks off again at the beginning of the 2019 school year. Join up!
The roof was raised when young Yafeth made his way to the trophy table to pick up Best & Fairest
Young Alessandro brought home equal second Best & Fairest and Best Goal Kicker. Awesome work!
Khubaib also won equal second Best & Fairest.
Harry, another equal second Best & Fairest, also picked up Best Goal Keeper. You'll need a new trophy shelf, Harry!
Oli equal second Best & Fairest, and Most Helpful (he even helped set up the seats for the event. Good on you, Oli!).
Hamza won Best Team Player. Terrific job!
Shhe, Quiet Achiever award went to Both. Fabulous!
Jamal proudly won the Encouragement award. Too right!
Farhan Most Consistent, and Obsa, Most Improved. Great job, boys!
The Coaches awards went to juniors Hasset, Retaj, Emin, and Khalid for being kind to their teammates, working hard improve, turning up each week, and being good sports
Tuji scooped up Best & Fairest. Superb effort!
Best Team Player went to Goback. Well done!
Walid claimed Most Consistent, and Tyreece won Most Improved. Great effort, lads!
And Most Goals kicked went to Mocka!