Club full of good sports
TOUCH PLAYERS THRIVING
WHILE many football codes are being criticised for player and supporter behaviour, Penrith Touch Association is thriving.
The club boasts more than 973 members – with 66 junior teams and 79 senior teams – and is still growing.
This year, many junior rugby league teams have had to ban parents due to abusive behaviour, however club president Belinda Rushbrook said this was not an issue for them. “Touch football is a very safe and family orientated sport,” Rushbrook said. “We rarely have any issues and the parents here are always supportive, as are our referees who also play in the competition.”
The sport offers something for everyone at every level – including building cardio fitness and hand-eye co-ordination – with many children even playing alongside their parents.
“We currently have teams for under-6s up to an open division and representative teams. Some families even play in the same team,” Rushbrook said.
“Touch (football) provides a great opportunity for kids to develop essential communication and teamwork skills, as well as gross motor skills.”
The clubs executive member, David Collins, said having a joint alliance with the NRL, the club was able to provide opportunities for talented players to progress through both the touch football and rugby league ranks.
“We have a young player, Jarome Luai who is playing in the Holden Cup grand final this weekend,” Collins said.
“We also had The Panthers’ Matt Moylan begin his career here and still have Jamie Soward playing here during the off season.”
This Friday night, Penrith Touch Football will showcase its abilities against representative teams from across the state.
The association is hosting the Vawdon Cup from 7pm at the Kingsway in St Marys and spectators are welcome.
Penrith Touch Association members enjoy the competitive and inclusive sport.