Hooray for JSA and Holiday Fun!

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Okay, so it seems like I have only just taken down the Christmas tree and now Easter is upon us already! Do I hear a collective groan from time poor parents? That means another lot of school holidays and the dilemma of what to do with our precious ones, especially if our working day continues despite whether school is in or out! Not wanting my kidlets to turn into ipad hugging technology junkies for the duration of their vacation, I am turning to the Junior Sports Academy for the solution.

Week 1 of the JSA holiday camp program is already is full swing and children of all ages are enjoying action packed days filled with all sorts of indoor and outdoor activities. The JSA Easter holiday program runs for two weeks with a different focus for each week.

Week one is multisport week. Drop in for a day or sign up for the full five. This week covers a combination of activities, giving participants a taste of every sport; basketball, tennis, swimming, ten pin bowling, soccer, dance, AFL, trampolining, gymnastics and even varied events such as JSA olympics, Funtathlons and Aqua Olympics! As well as getting active and out there, the sessions develop new skills and team building techniques as children from all ages and backgrounds work together with newfound friends.

Don’t despair if you’ve missed most of week one, the second week of JSA Holiday Camps allows children to choose their favourite sport and enjoy some intensive skill training and development with a good dose of fun, mixing it up a little each day with an hour or so at Splash Waterpark, Bounce Trampoline Centre or Strike 10 Pin Bowling.

Supervised check in starts from 9am with daily sessions commencing at 9.30am and running through to 3pm. Participants are also provided with a morning tea snack and hearty lunch to keep energy levels high for the day’s action.

The program is flexible with the option for children to drop in and participate for a day or to come for the whole week. Prices are very competitive and the JSA offers a daily rate or a discounted weekly rate for the full five days. The program is also open to non members and each 5 day camp purchase means kids get the benefit of a 7 day child Bronze Canggu Club membership, Bounce socks and a JSA water bottle!

Operating within the grounds of the comfortingly secure environment of The Canggu Club, children are signed in at the commencement of the day and remain under the watchful eye of trained sports professionals until the end of the activities at 3pm, whereby they are released only into the care of parents and nominated guardians. Parents can relax with the knowledge that their precious cargo will be safe and actively engaged for the duration!

It’s a terrific and healthy alternative to entertaining your youngsters throughout the holidays and means less stress for parents faced with the often daunting duty of coming up with something exciting and new to do each day.

To register and for more information contact Canggu Club or go to jsabali.com or email jsa@cangguclub.com
Phone: +62 361 8483939 or +62 828 971 93939
Jalan Canggu Club
Canggu,
Bali, Indonesia


Learn to Swim With an Olympian!

Luisa Fastskin

Luisa Fastskin

Living in a paradise surrounded by water I have always maintained the importance of my children having strong swimming skills. Knowing just how to keep afloat is one thing but having the ability, stamina and knowhow to stay safe in our oceans (and pools) is vital. In the past I have found it sometimes difficult to convince my kids to continue swimming lessons, however since enrolling them in JSA swim classes at Canggu Club, bribery (come on parents we’ve all used it at some stage) has no longer been necessary. Well, who wouldn’t want to be coached by an Olympian!

From her first holiday to Bali over three years ago, Luisa Striani developed a love affair with the island and, after subsequent biannual treks back to Bali for longer each time, she decided to move here permanently in July 2014. “I love the culture, the food, the people, the way of life and the energy it gives you!”

From Montesarchio, a small city in the province of Benevento, Southern Italy, it was clear Luisa was to follow a career that kept her feet wet! Finishing school in 1996 she went on to hold a position on the Italian National Swim Team from 1997 to 2004, earning multiple bronze and silver medals in numerous world championships with a career highlight as finalist for Italy in the Sydney 2000 Olympics! She holds national records for freestyle and is ten times Italian champion for Freestyle and Butterfly.

Now as if that’s not enough in achievements or accolades, Luisa has also graduated from Naples University with first class honours in Motor Sciences, has been awarded “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” from the Italian president (my Italian is hopeless but from what I can gather, it’s a very prestigious award!) and is an accredited senior coach with the Italian Swimming Federation. Judging from that long list of credentials I am pretty confident my kids are in safe and very qualified hands.

Fortuitously, several months ago, The Canggu Club was in the market for an internationally qualified coach and I would guarantee that Luisa more than fit the bill. She teaches swim classes from 3 month olds and school age through to adults and also offers one on one tuition for those wishing to hone their skills in the water. Her classes focus on developing the correct technique but for the kids there is also a need to add an element of play. “They can have fun while testing their aquatic expertise.” There’s never any shortage of willing participants in the pool.

Luisa enjoys teaching at The Canggu Club because it is a melting pot of nationalities. Despite the obvious obstacles language barriers can create, she feels she can transmit her love for the water and passion for swimming. “It’s like a universal language!” Judging from the fun my kids seem to be having in the pool, I’d say they are definitely feeling the love.

For more information about JSA swim schedule or to enquire about private lessons, email jsa@cangguclub.com or go to www.jsabali.com.
Phone:
+62 361 8483939 or +62 828 971 93939


Just Like a Jolly Jumper

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Not all Bali houses boast door frames or anchor points conducive to hanging a Jolly Jumper, so if your little tots have a spring in their step and live to bounce then you might want to mosey on down to Canggu Club West this Monday morning.

Bali’s only Bounce centre has just introduced Mums and Bubs mornings every Monday at 10am. It’s the ideal opportunity to get out and about and meet other parents with bambinos of a similar age as well as incorporating some out of the ordinary exercise time into your young one’s daily routine. A great alternative to the usual mothers’ group morning coffee gatherings, Mums and Bubs encourages development of physical skills, teaches balance and coordination as well as using techniques to enhance skills in listening and observation.

Certainly not limited to Mums alone, Dads and other guardians are more than welcome to join in the fun with their special little ones. It’s safe and fully supervised and with no risk of sharp edges or hard surfaces to cause bumps or bruises, it’s the perfect playground! Teach your child ball play and bouncing with individual trampolines for each parent and child. Jump with your bubba and let them feel that flying sensation as you guide them and bounce together!

For just IDR 150,000, parent and child get to enjoy 1 hour of bouncing fun with guidance from Bounce centre’s fully trained staff. Once the hour is over and the little tackers are all tired out, make your way up to the air conditioned comfort of Strike Bar to relax with a coffee and cake for mum or dad and a baby cino and fruit skewer or muffin for bub. It’s all included in the session price!

Trampolining is a relatively new sports sensation that has recently taken the world by storm. It is energetic, safe and healthy exercise and terrific for development of gross motor skills and movement all within the confines of a soft and safe environment. Take some time out for yourself and your little one this coming Monday and join in the coolest mothers’ (and fathers’) group ever! Mums and Bubs at Bounce – better than a jolly jumper any day!

Phone: +62 361 8483939 or +62 828 971 93939
Email: info@bouncebali.com. www.bouncebali.com
Jalan Canggu Club
Canggu,
Bali, Indonesia

Something for Everyone at Strike Bar + Bowling

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Not too many venues can lay claim to a hat trick of entertainment options like Strike Bar, located in the heart of Canggu’s newest hub of activity. With the recent closure of The Deck, there is now no need to look further than Strike Bar at located opposite the Canggu Club for you and your friends to shoot, bounce and bowl your way through a Friday night. Much more than just cold beer and bar snacks, if you’re bored by the same old routine working out where to start your weekend fun, try Strike Bar for an awesome night out!

Just ten minutes drive from Seminyak, Strike Bar ticks all the boxes for variety, facilities, food and of course, icy cold beverages! Where else can you refresh with a chilled Bintang and watch your mates take a tumble turn on the Bounce trampolines below, or get a team together for a little friendly rivalry to see who will take the ten pin bowling title? When all of that kind of action seems a bit too strenuous, chalk up a cue stick and shoot a few rounds on one of the three, newly refurbished pool tables while you enjoy some smooth tunes to take you through the evening.

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With the recent start of the 2015 season, footy fans are of course keen to watch their home teams annihilate the opposition and with Strike Bar’s multitude of screens big and small, you will never have to miss a try or winning tackle. Catch all of the excitement of the world’s major sporting events in one place and enjoy Happy Hour prices from 7pm until close daily. It’s anyone’s shout with affordable drinks specials such as the ‘Bucket of 5 Bintangs’ for just Rp150,000 net or their irresistible espresso martinis or signature cocktails for a tiny Rp59,000++. They also boast an extensive wine and champagne list at very drinkable prices.

Strike Bar’s new menu includes snack size portions perfect for grazing throughout the evening. Try their tasty pizzas from just RP25,000++ per slice, Spicy Atomic Chicken Wings, Mini Babi Burgers or the jaw droppingly juicy Bounce Burger for a mere Rp55,000++. Mmmmmouthwatering!

Just like The Deck, Strike Bar has the added advantage of built in babysitting with Cubby House Kids Club just downstairs, or Bounce Trampoline centre right next door. There’s no need to do battle with the taxi touts of Seminyak, trying to negotiate on some ridiculous fare to the next bar when you have all kinds of entertainment for every age under one roof!

For an amped up atmosphere that’s impossible to resist, plan your next night out with the girls or guys and head to Strike Bar for some fun, food and games in the ‘Gu!

For more information on Happy Hours, Strike Bar menus, bowling and party packages, contact:
Phone: +62 361 848 3939. strikebali.com
Strike Bar – located opposite Canggu Club,
Jalan Canggu Club, Bali.


Easter at Canggu Club…Eggcellent Idea!

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Gathering together with family and friends to celebrate the magic of Easter is important to many, and brunch on Easter Sunday is a terrific way to make the most of this special occasion. This year Canggu Club has created a sensational brunch menu especially for Easter Sunday April 5th, perfect for all ages to enjoy a sumptuous meal, live entertainment and all the fun of traditional Easter activities!

From 11am until 3pm, guests can indulge in a festive Easter buffet that will challenge anyone to go home hungry! Feast on a variety of chilled offerings at the gourmet salad bar including quinoa salad with wild mushrooms, spinach and pecans, black eyed peas with smoked bacon, caramelised onions and balsamic, a Caprese style salad of organic tomatoes, basil, balsamic, mozzarella and many more. Healthy options done and dusted, move on to comfort favourites like rosemary roasted lamb, pineapple glazed ham, roast beef with garlic and herb and rotisserie chicken, all with an assorted accompaniment of tasty sides. The kids can also go gangbusters on bolognese with the live pasta cooking station and a choice of pastas and sauces to please any palate.

It just wouldn’t be Easter without some sweet temptations and the dessert bar will definitely not disappoint. Of course there will home baked hot cross buns as well as warm apple crumble, bread pudding, citrus meringue tartlets, cakes, brownies and even a chocolate fountain!

But the fun doesn’t finish at the end of the feast. A visit from the Easter Bunny will guarantee goodies for everyone and young and old alike can delight in the race for extra choccies with an Easter egg hunt and an egg eating competition – chocolate of course!

Try your hand at traditional egg painting, relax and take in some laid back tunes with the live band or even capture unforgettable family memories of the day at the photo booth.

Once you’ve satisfied your quest for all things chocolate, swap that sugar rush with one of adrenalin as you take on the speed and swirls of the slides at Splash. The park’s newest edition, The Swing Rope, will also be open and ready for rider action.
Canggu Club members can take advantage of the special price of just 500K for adults and teens, with children 12 years and under at only 250K. For non members, the buffet price, including free flow soft drinks, water, tea and coffee as well as entry to Splash water park, is 800K for adults, 680K (teens) and 430K for children. Beverage specials will also be available on the day with great deals for that celebratory bottle of bubbly!

For bookings or further information on the Easter Sunday Brunch at Canggu Club on April 5th, contact:
Phone: +62 361 8483939 or +62 828 971 93939
Email: info@cangguclub.com. www.cangguclub.com
Jalan Canggu Club
Canggu,
Bali, Indonesia


Join the JSA Showcase and Easter Market Bazaar

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Hard to believe it’s happening again but the end of another school term is nigh and what better way to celebrate the upcoming holidays than with a showcase of the hard work our Junior Sports Academy (JSA) members have put in over the last two months.

Mark Thursday March 26th into your diaries to join in the fun of the JSA term break up party and Easter Market Bazaar at Canggu Club. JSA members along with their family and friends are invited to enjoy a showcase of talent with students demonstrating the specific skills they have worked hard to develop over the course of the term. There will be presentations from various sports including a spectacular trampolining display, highlighting all of the turns, tumbles and tricks the Bounce students have been perfecting. Gymnastics students will perform their vaults and floor routines in the area adjacent to Verandah Bar with the manicured grounds of Canggu Club the perfect playing field for soccer matches across all ages.

To add another factor of fun to the afternoon, Canggu Club is hosting an Easter Market Bazaar. Held in the Verandah Square, the markets attract a variety of stall holders peddling quality wares from jewellery, clothing, home wares, leather goods, artworks and collectables to name a few. The markets will be open for business from 2pm and expressions of interest are invited from those keen to participate. Canggu Club Platinum and Gold members may host a stall free of charge whilst Bronze and non members will be required to pay a small fee of IDR250,000.

Vendors will be supplied with a trestle table in the designated market area in order to exhibit their wares and are invited to dress their stand accordingly! The evening of shopping and sporting displays wouldn’t be complete without complimentary canapés from 6pm – 7pm and signature cocktails at special prices. Don’t miss out on the chance to score a bargain with Canggu Club’s yearly wine clearance and the opportunity to restock your cellar at cost price! Or try before you buy on selected wines with complimentary tasting to ensure your choice is to your preferred taste. Special set menus will also be available on the evening for vendors and guests to sample some of Canggu Club’s delicious new gourmet fare.

For a terrific way to wind up the end of another term, see what your little ones have been up to at JSA, sip some wine and indulge in a spot of social shopping, drop in on the afternoon of Thursday March 26th and join the pre Easter party!

Registrations for prospective stall holders close on March 21st and interested parties should contact Canggu Club on: +62 361 8483939 or email: info@cangguclub.com for further information.
Jalan Canggu Club
Canggu,
Bali, Indonesia
www.cangguclub.com

Mandiri Canggu Tennis Classic Returns in May

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Track down your tennis shoes and restring that racquet because registration is now is open for this year’s Mandiri Canggu Club Open Tennis Classic. With state of the art tennis centre renovations complete, a professional flexi pave surface, under cover courts for all weather convenience and an increased total prize pool of 35 million Rupiah, this annual open tennis tournament is a much anticipated event on the South East Asian Circuit. The tournament, now in its eighth consecutive year, attracts local tennis talent as well as international players from further afield such as Australia, Asia and the US.

This year, returning to its original schedule of late May, the Mandiri Canggu Classic commences from Saturday 23rd with over a week of nail biting tennis action until the closing presentation on Sunday May 31st. Not only is there the added incentive of an increased open prize pool and discounted tournament fees for Canggu Club Gold and Platinum Members as well as KTP holders, there is over one million Rupiah’s worth of additional value included with tournament registration!

Fees include entry to the tournament, an opening night cocktail party, competition t-shirt and a voucher to the value of 100K Rupiah to use at the exquisite Body Temple Spa located at Canggu Club. A deep tissue or sports massage being the ideal solution to ease any post match twinges or tensions and players have the convenience of this superb facility no further than fifty metres away at Bali’s premier sports and entertainment venue.

After an enthusiastic welcome from Head Tennis Coach and tournament coordinator, Paul McCabe, players can kick up their heels at the opening night extravaganza on Friday May 22nd, indulging in two hours of free flow cocktails and canapés along with a DJ to dance your way into the wee hours at Strike Bar! Junior players can also cash in on the fun with free flow soft drinks, snacks and a Bounce Mania pass to ensure an evening of endless entertainment for all.

The games begin the following morning and competitors may register for a maximum of three divisions. Weekday matches will commence from 4pm daily, with weekend games from 10am. Results will be posted daily at Canggu Club Tennis Centre and online via Canggu Club website giving players and spectators the opportunity to see just who is on track to lay claim to their pick of the prize pool thanks to generous sponsors, Bank Mandiri!

Singles and doubles done and dusted and winners declared, the festivities continue the following Sunday straight after the final with a presentations ceremony and Indonesian buffet dinner at The Verandah Cafe, along with entry to Canngu Club from 3pm including hours of cool aquatic fun at Splash Water Park. It’s all included with tournament registration and the perfect conclusion to a sensational week of sport, spectating, socialising and sun!
Register now for the Mandiri Canggu Classic to secure your spot on the winners’ board for 2015. Registration forms are available online:

www.cangguclub.com at reception at Canggu Club, or for more information email: tennistournament@cangguclub.com
Jalan Canggu Club Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (361) 848 3939 / +62 82 897 193 939

Swen Takes Training to New Heights

Swen De Ruyter

Swen De Ruyter

An email from Jakarta, a secret desire to return to pro basketball and a holiday to Bali were all fortuitous factors leading to Swen De Ruyter’s current gig as Personal Trainer, JSA coach and Social Basketball coordinator extraordinaire at Canggu Club! Though it appears that the island’s premier sports and recreation venue and its members are also clear winners as Swen brings with him a wealth of international experience and expertise.

Hailing from Breda, Netherlands, Swen De Ruyter is the oldest of three brothers and, as the tallest among his peers, it was little surprise that he showed distinct promise in sports at an early age, particularly basketball!

With an introduction to the game at age 7 and following several years of dedicated training, Swen earned an invitation to play for the Dutch National Youth Team at the tender age of 14. Despite training with pro basketball players well before he reached double decades, his parents insisted he complete his Masters Diploma in Sports Fitness/ Promotion and Personal Training first. A move which paid obvious dividends as he was offered a top position as a personal trainer, working alongside a ‘movement scientist’ with the Italian Olympic Committee. An exciting position which involved creating, developing and conducting tests on internationally acclaimed elite athletes and recreational sportspeople alike.

Fast forward a few years and a successful business as a personal trainer and Swen received the email that would eventually see Bali beckon. It was an invitation to play pro basketball once again, this time for Jakarta based Indonesian Warriors in the ASEAN comp. After a stellar season and a close game in the final, the season concluded and a sea change was next on the agenda. With Swen’s sought after skills and expertise, it wasn’t difficult for him to secure tenure and his current position involves personal training at Canggu Club, as well as captaining the very popular Spin Cycle classes at Canggu Club Fitness.

Another important aspect of Swen’s role at Canggu Club is his work as coach of JSA Basketball. “It’s great fun to work with kids and improve their skills. It’s amazing how quickly they develop their skill set! The whole program is so well structured. I follow and note all of their progress and create a basketball passport for them. They love the hard work and the structured approach.”

The latest in Swen’s long list of activities is coordinator of a new Social Basketball night, free for all Canggu Club members, guests and day pass holders. Every Monday evening at 7pm, players of any age or ability can join in and play some ball. So if you fancy yourself as a shooter or dribbler (of the basketball kind of course) or keen for a little one on one, register your interest by emailing:
basketball@cangguclub.com.
Jalan Canggu Club Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (361) 848 3939 / +62 82 897 193 939