Juniors ready to hit the field for touch comp
YOUTH in the Whitsundays searching for a new sporting challenge this term need to look no further than the Whitsunday junior touch competition which is set to kick off at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Monday night.
The inaugural Whitsunday junior touch program, which is open to both boys and girls, will run every week until a break-up night on the final Monday of the term.
Whitsunday Touch Association (WTA) representative Justin Butler said they were still looking for parents to volunteer as coaches for the under-12s and under-14s.
“There isn’t much sport on this term so the junior touch program is a great way for kids to get active, brush up on their hand-eye co-ordination and ball skills in a non-contact team sport,” he said.
The program is $50 per player, to cover fees of the sports park and Touch Football Australia affiliation, fees and insurance.
Matches will be held across all age brackets including under-8s (grades prep, one and two), under-10s (grades three and four), under-12s (grades five and six) and under-14s (grades seven and eight).
Interested players can sign-on at the Whitsunday Sports Park from 4.30pm, with games to follow.
Teams will take to the field every Monday from 5pm, with the competition to finish at 6pm.
A sausage sizzle and canteen will be available every week.
Mr Butler said parents were welcome to apply for the Queensland Government's Get in the Game initiative which helps kids cope with fees and costs of playing sport.
“Whitsunday junior touch is registered under the initiative and parents can apply directly to the state government to receive a voucher to pay the $50 registration fee,” he said.
Parents or anyone interested in helping coach or man the canteen are asked to contact Justin Butler on 0418 622 224 or Mark Beale on 0404 498 790.
WTA will provide support and training to coaches of each age group with weekly sessions including warm-up, drills and skills practise followed by a game.