Touch footy in full flight

SOUTHERN Touch is gearing up for the start of its summer season of touch football competitions at Wentworth Park in October.

The not-for-profit community sporting association offers a myriad of competitions that cater for male, female and mixed teams of all ages and a wide range of fitness levels and abilities.

Southern Touch general manager Matt Phillips said touch footy was rated among Australia’s fastest-growing participant sports and with a recent alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL was striving to become number one.

“Touch is a fully inclusive sport with a great social atmosphere and caters for everyone. Our youngest member is seven-years-old and our oldest 69,” he said.

With the support of Tasmanian health charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, Southern Touch is conducting a “Come and Try Day” and is encouraging anyone wanting to try their hand at the sport and see what all the hype is about to come along.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTy founder Mitch McPherson, who is a former participant of the sport, said teaming up with Southern Touch to promote health and wellbeing through physical activity was “a no-brainer.”

The Come and Try Day will be held at Wentworth Park Sports Fields, Howrah – the home of Southern Touch – on Sunday 25 September from 11am until 1pm.

Activities will be running throughout the day to provide participants with a basic understanding of touch football and some foundation skills, along with modified touch games for the public to get involved in.

Children will also be entertained with a jumping castle and face panting, while a barbecue will be raising funds for Stay ChatTy.

The day will wind up with a special exhibition match to give participants a chance to witness touch footy in full flight.

Southern Touch representatives will be onsite to take on new registrations for the coming season and to provide additional information and answer any questions.

For more information and to register your interest in attending the day, go to www.southerntouch.com.au

Caption: Sam Story and Jenay Moorcroft, of Touch Football Australia, will be attending the Southern Touch Come and Try Day in Howrah on 25 September.

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