Moree Local Drug Action Team Junior Touch program receives national commendation

Some of the happy participants of the Junior Touch competition.
Some of the happy participants of the Junior Touch competition.

The Moree Junior Touch program has received national recognition for the success it is having in fostering an active lifestyle among young people in the community.

The program, which is an initiative of the Moree Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) and uses community sport as a prevention pathway against harms from alcohol and other drugs through education and skill development, was presented to the National Local Government Assembly in Canberra on Tuesday, June 18, to much commendation.

Moree Plains Shire Council community development and liaison officer Ros Laws presented the program and said the touch football competition fosters an active lifestyle among children aged seven to 17, with the aim to build stronger, healthier communities.

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"Since the Moree program commenced in early 2019, more than 140 young people have joined the program and have been given free membership to the PCYC," she said.

The Junior Touch competition has been a success.

The Junior Touch competition has been a success.

Parents and community members formed the Junior Touch committee and Good Sports and NSW Touch have provided free referee and coach training.

"Due to the success and demand for the Junior Touch program, the next step is to establish the program in Mungindi and Boggabilla/Toomelah," Mrs Laws said.

The next free, accredited training for referee and coaches will run in August. Community members seeking further information on becoming a coach or referee can email moreejuniortouch@outlook.com or view and follow the Moree Junior Touch Football Facebook page for updates.