Additional Info : Camberwell Sessions


 Just some extra notes about Saturday sessions at Camberwell High School:

From the school :

NO ACCESS to the school buildings under any circumstances except the Sports Hall foyer and toilets as agreed.

We have been receiving a number of issues regarding parents and players moving through the school buildings internally where other hirers or school staff are using spaces. This is becoming a safety, OH&S concern as a number of the parents are becoming rude and abusive towards other hirers and staff. Could you please remind all players/parents that there is

NO ACCESS to the school buildings under any circumstances except the Sports Hall foyer and toilets as agreed.

1.The pitch is Outdoors and the surface is artificial grass.
  • Soccer boots are fine on the surface and in fact recommended (but nt essential or compulsory)
  • Shin pads are also recommended. It is the players and parents responsibility to ensure shin pads are worn.
  • There is No specific kit requirements so players can wear whatever kit they enjoy wearing.
2. Toilets: These are in the sports hall entrance (see map). [under no circumstances should you WALK THROUGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS LOOKING FOR TOILETS]. The sports hall doors will usually be open (due to basketball) but i do also have a key for when they are not (see venue details). However occasionally the school has locked the toilet doors from the inside and when this happens the toilets are not accessible. There is public toilet near the tennis pavilion which can be used as an alternative.
3. Parking: Their have been a few complaints about parking in the local streets from residents so here are the parking options.
  • Please do not park in the school car park and especially do not walk through the school building to get to the pitch.
  • There is plenty of street parking locally, but if you can avoid the parking in roads closest to the pitch that would be appreciated. (As it is the residents in these street who  have complained.) We do have over 50 players attend at any one time so we do have to respect the residents needs as much as possible. Residents can cause all sorts of issues and i do not want to be asked to find a new venue.
  • If you can handle the walk then try to either park at least 2 streets away or there is a huge amount of parking space at the train station (which is not too far away). If you could park here and walk, it would be hugely appreciated. (Venue Map). There is parking next to the playground/tennis courts on the Riversdale road side.
  • Do not park on the nature strips. You will get a ticket.
4. Punctuality. Please be a bit early. There is always a plan of who is in which group based on age and level, but when we organize groups at the start of the session we might tweak this based on who is there (to get even numbers in each group or to adjust for the number of coaches etc). When players turn up late it can stuff this up, as we might not now be able to get them in the right group for them, or if we do the group would become too big etc. In a nutshell please come a bit early.
5. Footwork / Homework Videos. We will send out weekly footwork videos as off next week, but will only do so for players who have paid for the term.
6. Payment : So if you haven't paid yet please do. We waste a fair amount time towards the end of term chasing for outstanding payments (even if it is just one player - it takes time) and we would really like to not have to. We would prefer spending time on improving the program. If you pay cash the $$ must be in an envelop (or wrapped up in something) with the player name and amount written on it.
7. Facebook : We post more and more 'educational info' on Facebook/Intsagram so please 'like' TST on Facebook so you don't miss out on this.  Also share my Facebook/Instagram posts with your football friends.
8. Available Spots; We are very close to capacity which is great but there are a few spots still available in all groups so if you know of any player that would enjoy TST and wants to improve please get them to contact me.
9. Catching up Missed sessions: .This is always an issue at the end of term for some. This is the most important bit about missed sessions. When players commit to TST, they are locking in a spot in a session. Whether they use this spot then becomes their choice. Please do not get offended if missed sessions which you have chosen to miss are not carried forward into future terms. [A huge portion of a players fees just covers the fixed costs of the program - which need to be paid whether a player turns up or not. Therefore to offer unconditional credits for missed sessions becomes a huge expense and jeopardizes the viability of the program).
Opportunities to catch up a  couple of missed session are offered, but if these methods do not suit you then unfortunately the missed sessions will not be credited to future terms.
  • We chose to not have a TST uniform. Although research says there are a lot of pros to having all players wear a uniform, we believe the extra expense would not necessarily be appreciated by parents, especially when most players already have a number of soccer kits available to wear.
Any other questions / queries........get back to me.