Touch Football is a highly accessible sport, played by both boys and girls of all ages and of differing backgrounds. The sport’s inclusiveness is one of the reasons why it is recognised as the most popular sport in the Australian School Sport System, widely praised by Physical Education teachers across the country.
Development of Your Child
Touch Football presents children with the opportunity to develop an array of skills which will be highly beneficial later in life, doing so in an environment that encourages physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.
Team work, communication, leadership, cooperation and social interaction are among the pivotal skills which are developed through playing Touch Football, as well as the inherent physical benefits.
The low contact nature of the sport makes it highly conducive for children who have limited sporting experience as well as for those who are wary of injury prevention. Medical practitioners and sports doctors describe injuries in Touch Football as being low and unlikely. The size and shape of a child has little influence over their participation, nor does the child’s gender.
As a sport, Touch Football nurtures all of the values in which you would want your child to be exposed to in regards to respect for everyone no matter age, race, gender or physical capacity. Touch Football Australia has many policies in place to ensure that these values are upheld at all levels, from the park where everyone starts out to hopefully one day on the international stage. These can be found in Rules and Policies.
A Family Bonding Activity
Touch Football is a great sport for families to enjoy. Playing with family is a rarity in sport but Touch Football provides the opportunity for everyone in the family to be involved and even play together in weekly competitions. Mums and Dads can play with their sons and daughters, even grandparents and grandchildren have the opportunity to play together.
However, if playing Touch Football is not of interest to you, there are numerous positions and roles that parents or family members can be involved in. If you would like to know more about this you can refer to Volunteer At Your Association or contact your Competitions Coordinator at your local affiliate to find out how you can be apart of the Touch Football Community.
Perfect for the Busy Parent
All parents are busy; everyone knows that, and Touch Football is considerate of this fact. The short and sharp nature of the sport means that parents won’t need to spend long afternoons or nights at the fields with their children, as a game of Touch Football last just 45 minutes.
Not only is Touch Football efficient on time but it is also highly cost effective as the sport requires minimal equipment to participate, therefore keeping the costs down on uniform and protective gear.
The match is one hour- low time commitment
It is a social team sport, 14 players in a team
Boys and girls can play together, brothers and sisters can play together
All matches are played at one venue- see all the children play at once
It is highly inclusive, no sitting around on the sidelines
It is safe- reduced risk of injury
It develops mentor skills- great way for children to learn to run, catch and throw
It is family friendly- mum and dad can play too
It is easy to learn- first time players will pick it up quickly
It requires limited equipment- don’t need to spend the extra money
It is fast pace with constant action, exciting to watch , plus tires the children out too