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Moree youth ‘in touch’ with new touch footy competition

THE Moree Local Drug Action Team held its first junior touch community meeting in late February.

 And nine members of the community have put up their hands to be on the committee for the launch of the 2019 season.

The program for 7-17-year-olds is one step closer to kick-off with a sign-up and skills day planned for mid- to late-March.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s community development officer Ros Laws said having a junior touch football comp in Moree was good news.

“We are excited to have the junior touch football committee up and running,” Mrs Laws said.

“We rely heavily on these volunteers, who contribute to the future success of the program in Moree.”

Junior Touch Football committee (from left) Jillian Knox, Karen Barker, Ros Sampson, Denise Haines, Ros Laws, Russell Cook, Ida Whitton, Bronwen Adamson, Lesley Fernando, Natasha Pidcock, Paul Spearim, Cecil Craigie and at front Crystal Trotter.

The new committee members are chairperson, Lesley Fernando; secretary, Bronwyn Adamson; media and promotions, Russell Cook and ground manager, Paul Spearim.

The committee is still looking for eligible coaches and referees to undertake the free training to be accredited by NSW Touch. 

All fees associated with coaching and referee training will be covered by the Local Drug Action Team.

Mrs Laws said referees and coaches are crucial to the game and volunteering can be very rewarding.                                                                                

“You just need to have a working with children check and the passion to help out our youth,” she said.

Additionally, as part of the LDAT funding, all players this season can participate for free, and a number will be eligible for free membership to the PCYC, courtesy of Moree Community Drug Action Team.

Touch football is one of the fastest growing sports in the Country.

The sport has over 690,000 registered members and is among the top participant-based, organised sports in Australia.

“Touch football is fun, safe and inclusive. It can be played by both boys and girls of all ages and the low contact nature of the sport makes it easy for children with limited sporting experience,” Mrs Laws said.

All players will be required to participate in a short workshop on safety, personal development and healthy lifestyle which will be presented by participating services before each game commences. Workshops will be held weekly prior to games and the rule of ‘no workshop, no play’ will apply for the duration of the funded program.

Community members interested in joining the committee or seeking further information on becoming a coach or referee can contact [email protected] or view and follow the Moree Junior Touch Football Facebook page for updates.

Media Release: March 6, 2019

International Women’s Day will be celebrated in Moree on Friday, March 8 at the Max Centre from 10am until 3pm. The day features inspirational speakers, lunch and entertainment. Guest speakers include Sue Price, Aunty Barbara Cutmore, Stephanie Duke and Cindy Poulos. There will also be weaving workshops conducted by Debbie Wood, yoga workshops with Jen Jones-Wilton, wellness workshops with Robin Roberts and creativity workshops with Ann Johnson and Darlene Howard. Interested? Please RSVP to Stephanie on 6752 1099.