Club full of good sports

TOUCH PLAY­ERS THRIV­ING

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Pen­rith Touch As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers en­joy the com­pet­i­tive and in­clu­sive sport.

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