Junior touch committee on the lookout for coaches and referees after first meeting

Junior Touch Football Committee: Jillian Knox, Karen Barker, Ros Sampson, Denise Haines, Ros Laws, Russell Cook, Crystal Trotter, Ida Whitton, Bronwen Adamson, Lesley Fernando, Natasha Pidcock, Paul Spearim and Cecil Craigie
Junior Touch Football Committee: Jillian Knox, Karen Barker, Ros Sampson, Denise Haines, Ros Laws, Russell Cook, Crystal Trotter, Ida Whitton, Bronwen Adamson, Lesley Fernando, Natasha Pidcock, Paul Spearim and Cecil Craigie

Nine community members have put their hand up to be on the Junior Touch Committee at the first Moree Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) meeting on Tuesday, February 26 as they launch the 2019 season.

The touch program will be run for children aged 7 to 17 with a sign up and skills day set for mid to late March.

“We are excited to have the junior touch football committee up and running," council's community development officer Ros Laws said.

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

The new committee consists of chairperson Lesley Fernando, secretary Bronwyn Adamson, media/promotions manager Russell Cook and ground manager Paul Spearim.

The committee are searching for potential coaches and referees to help out with the program.

Accreditation by NSW Touch will be available with all fees associated with the training to be covered by the LDAT.

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Mrs Laws said referees and coaches are crucial to the game and wants to encourage as many volunteers to get involved.

“You just need to have a Working with Children Check and the passion to help out our youth,” she said.

All players will be able to participate for free and some will also be eligible for free PCYC membership thanks to the LDAT funding.

Touch football has over 690,000 registered members and is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

“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.

Prior to the commencement of each game, all players will participate in a weekly workshop on safety, personal development and healthy lifestyles presented by participating services.

There will be a 'no workshop, no play' rule for the duration of the program.

Community members interested in joining the committee or seeking further information on becoming a coach or referee can contact Roslyn.laws@mpsc.nsw.gov.au or view and follow the Moree Junior Touch Football Facebook page for updates.