first_imgTouch football for kids aged 8-18 years in Western Australia is about to take off in a new, fun and friendly way under an initiative known as AusTouch. AusTouch is being seen as a change from the traditional junior development strategies and one that will hopefully provide a clear path to bring young players from informal schoolyard games into registered participation with touch football clubs. It will provide an additional avenue to expose potential players to participation outside the school-based competition, developing skill and social interaction abilities at the community level. TouchWest are leading the way in taking up the program and they believe that the introduction of AusTouch will ensure their continued growth and expansion into the future. The first AusTouch program in WA will take place at Perth club affiliate Southern Districts. It will run over 6 weeks, beginning with a registration day in late February before qualified instructors will run weekly sessions throughout March and early April. TouchWest have spent a significant amount of time and effort in recent months working to introduce the program. Their lead-up work has included identification of suitable AusTouch leaders, sending information letters to schools in the area of Southern Districts Touch Football Club promoting AusTouch and offering them free coaching clinics. 11 people attended an AusTouch Leadership training course on February 8th, including Southern Districts Club Administrators and members, as well as people from various other TouchWest clubs. Those attending from other clubs are keen to not only help Southern Districts establish AusTouch, but are also enthusiastic about commencing the program within their own club. Following the interest and excitement that has been generated in recent weeks and at the Leadership training day, another leadership course is being planned for the next few weeks. Matt Bamford, the State Development and Technical Officer, believes it is fortunate for touch in WA that their clubs are so open to new initiatives. He believes that there is no doubt their enthusiasm for AusTouch to be a success makes it a great deal easier for all the planning to come together. Mr Bamford highlights that the AusTouch session plans are easy to follow, that they keep in mind it is about the kids having fun and not purely about the technical aspects of skills. After all, if the kids enjoy themselves, in the years to come they will still be around to hear about the technical stuff when they’re ready for it. Further information on the AusTouch program can be found on ATA’s website or by contacting: Megan Currie- National AusTouch Co-ordinator. Email : read more

2017 Open Trans Tasman Teams and Referees Announced

first_imgCongratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch Association Sam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Scott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW –  Doyalson Touch Association Shaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Nick Good NSW – Penrith Touch Association Cody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Dylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Cormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Jordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch Association Ben Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch Association Peter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Jonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Matt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch Association Ciaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Coach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil GyemoreWomen’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Tayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Madison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch Association Danielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Rachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Hannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Emily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Ashleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch Association Hayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Patricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Laura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Samantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Catherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Kimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Tamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Marikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Coach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanMixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association James Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Justin Costello NT – Darwin Touch Association Tim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch Association Simon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Jackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch Association Cameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Adam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch Association Michael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch Association Jared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Elin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Leah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Paige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Leah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch Association Katherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Coach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark HarringtonReferee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch Association Luke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch Association Kim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationRelated Files2017_open_trans_tasman_teams_and_referees-pdfRelated Links2017 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more