Ju­niors ready to hit the field for touch comp

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TOUCH FOOT­BALL

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.

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