The local park is where Touch Football was born and where its heart continues to beat. It provides the lifeblood for our sport to grow. Touch Football, in pure essence, is a sport designed for participation and social interaction. The role of the affiliate is to organise and manage competitions for local participants. The majority of affiliates are comprised of volunteers who give their time to support the sport in which they are passionate.
With over 300 affiliated local competitions in Australia, and over 25 000 teams competing within those affiliates, Touch Football provides a community friendly environment for the involvement of participants. In recent years, we have worked to create a culture in which all our members, from the participants in local affiliated competitions to the staff within our state and national offices, are considered to be part of the Touch Football Australia family; and as such are treated with an equal level of respect and appreciation.
Affiliates are responsible, with the assistance of state development staff, for the development and growth in numbers of players, referees, coaches, selectors and officials. Affiliates achieve this by creating pathways for higher representation when entering affiliate teams in regional competitions. They also provide regular referee, coaching, selecting and administrative courses with ongoing coaching clinics for players and coaches.
Local affiliates and their associated competitions could not possibly survive without the passionate and dedicated volunteers who give their time each week to organize and manage these activates. Volunteers are often playing participants who give their time to assist in the development and growth of their club and regularly take no more than one role. These volunteers perform tasks such as:
- Creating the draw and maintaining results competition ladders
- Marking and setting up the fields
- Taking registrations
- Managing the associations finances
- Liaising with local councils to hire fields and maintain facilities
- Running the canteen
- Acting as a member of the affiliates committee
Looking for help to run your affiliate, visit our Affiliate Essentials page.
Touch Football is a sport that relies on the support of volunteers. Without the countless number of people who dedicate their time to refereeing, coaching, selecting, administering and sitting on various committees and boards, our sport would fail to exist
Touch Football Australia recognizes the need to recruit, retain and reward our valued volunteers to create sustainable affiliate competitions. For this reason, we place a heavy focus on the development of programs and resources to support and educate them in their roles. Touch Football Australia’s sport development unit takes on the task of developing new programs, policies and resources to assist in the education and development of these volunteers. They also look at creating opportunities to enhance pathways and support volunteer involvement in Touch Football.
Find out more about volunteers, click here.