Junior Touch Football Program Set To Kick Off with Free Skills Day
Due to soaring temperatures across the Moree Plains, the Moree junior touch football skills day on Wednesday, 22 January 2019 is now kicking off at an earlier time of 9:30am in order to avoid the forecast maximum of 39°c for the day.
Taking place at Ron Harborne Oval, the free skills day provides an opportunity for children from 7-17 to try their hand at touch football under the guidance of local, NSW Touch Association and Goodsports coaches ahead of the commencement of a weekly junior touch football competition set to kick off in February/March 2019.
Registration for the skills day is not required, however participants are asked to bring water, sunscreen and hat, and parental supervision is required for children aged 7-10.
Council’s Community Development Officer Ros Laws explained, “we are excited to be getting junior touch football up and running again in the region, and are thrilled to be able to offer the program free of charge to the community”.
The program is an initiative of the Moree Local Drug Action Team (LDAT), which was formed in 2018 following Council receiving $10,000 from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) to establish a Local Drug Action Plan for the region. The Moree LDAT includes representatives from Council, Moree Police Citizens Youth Club, Miyay Birray Youth Service, Healthwise, Moree Family Support, Hunter New England Health, St Vincent de Paul and NSW Police.
The Moree LDAT has since been successful in receiving an additional $17,000 from ADF to launch the Junior Touch Football competition, a key priority in its LDAT Action Plan.
“Getting children involved in sport from an early age is critical in fostering an active lifestyle, and by offering this program free of charge, all children in our community can access it.
“Participants in the Junior Touch Football competition will not only benefit from quality coaching and skills development, but will also be provided with education on leading a healthy lifestyle”, Mrs Laws said.
“We are also looking for dedicated members of the community who like to become part of the new Junior Touch Football Committee, train as coaches and referees and generally assist with getting the season started in February/March 2019.”
Free training for coaches and referees will be provided by NSW Junior Touch Association, and all training and play is free of charge for the community for the duration of the season.