Inaugural Arnhem Land Touch Football Festival A Success

first_imgThe festival saw Men’s and Women’s teams come from Ramingining and Yirrkala as well as from Jabiru to compete in the day, with the teams from Ramingining winning both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. And the festival wasn’t just for adults, with children that came along for the day invited to join in the AusTouch clinic that was taking place, to learn more about the sport of Touch Football. Australian Men’s 30’s World Cup winning coach and Touch Football Australia (TFA)Coach Development Advisor, John Singh, was also in attendance and assisted each of the teams by providing coaching during the day. The advice was openly received by all of the participants and the improvements were immediately visible. The festival is just one aspect of a program initiative developed to assist communities in the Arnhem region to create and sustain Touch Football within their area. The festival provides an opportunity for the communities to come together to share their culture, to participate in the sport of Touch Football and to have fun. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Government through the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their support in this program. Touch Football Northern Territory’s State Operations Manager, Isobel Appo, says that the day was a success and is looking forward to growing the event in the future. “The Inaugural Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival on the weekend showcased some great natural talent from the Arnhem Land region,” Appo said. “It was really pleasing to see a Women’s team from Ramingining compete. It was a great starting point for the Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival in what we hope to see become an annual event which will only getter bigger and better in the years to come.”The Ramingining Warriors have become crowd favourites over the past 18 months, attending events including the Northern Territory State Championships and the WA State Championships. To view footage of their journey to Jabiru as well as highlights of the event, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG0kGOppKQ To view some of the photos from the day, please visit the NT Touch website and click on the Photo Gallery button on the top menu:www.nttouch.com.aulast_img

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