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Wallsend juniors primed for big touch season

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There’ll be plenty of activity at the Wallsend Touch Association when the juniors kick off their respective competitions next month.

More than 100 teams – which equates to in excess of 1500 youngsters – will take field from Tuesday 24 August.

The club also plans to reignite the cubs’ initiative, too.

“That is a lot of fun, for boys and girls aged four, five and six,” publicity officer Kellie Johnston said.

“It’s very cute seeing them run around, learning skills like catching and passing.

“We’ll host an orientation day on Tuesday 31 August, with the eight-week program starting on 7 September.

“It costs $60; and each child receives a touch ball and shirt.

“It’s a terrific introduction to touch.”

The initiative is also a great pathway into the junior format, with those matches being played from 4.40pm to 8pm every Tuesday, according to Johnston.

“It is a very popular sport – and we’re probably one of the biggest clubs in the Newcastle area,” she said.

“The community always looks forward to it.

“So, that’s really good.

“The comp’s open to boys and girls – in 7s, 9s, 11s, 13s and 15s – in teams or as individuals.

“It all begins from Tuesday 24 August, and features 10 rounds, with the semis and grand finals on 16 November.

“In regards to this format, parents can use the Active Kids vouchers towards the $100 registration, which is terrific.

“That payment includes an official referee, affiliation with Touch Football Australia, Sports Cover insurance and a reversible playing singlet or boot bag.

“There’s also an opportunity for the young players to push their claims towards rep honours as well.

“Those representative sides tackle a number of high-profile tournaments, including the NSW Touch Junior State Cup.”

For further information and to register by 16 August, go to www.wallsendtouch.com.au

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