THE Horsham Panthers and Holy Trinity Lutheran College are teaming up on Saturday in an effort to promote the game of touch football in Horsham.
Horsham hosts the semi-finals of the Limestone Coast Rugby League on Saturday at the Horsham Racecourse. The Panthers and Holy Trinity will hold a touch football exhibition match at 3pm in between the two semi-finals.
Holy Trinity’s secondary sport co-ordinator Matt O’Loughlin said he was looking forward to seeing the exhibition on Saturday.
“The first semi-final is at 1.30pm and then at 3pm we have the exhibition,” he said.
“We have guys from Touch Football Victoria coming up to umpire the game for us. It will probably be a mixed team of Holy Trinity students playing against a mixed team of players from South Australia. They will be coming from various touch football clubs over there.
“We will have a bit of a demonstration of the sport and what it’s about.”
O’Loughlin said he was hoping to build some awareness of the sport ahead of a social competition set to start in January.
“We want to raise some knowledge of the sport in the community ahead of our touch football competition,” he said. “We will have a mixed social competition for all ages starting on the last Tuesday of January.
“The Horsham Panthers will help out with the running of that and it’s a good chance for members of the community to come and get active and see what it’s all about.”
Horsham Panthers senior coach and club president Rob Gascoyne said touch football was a great introduction into rugby league.
“It’s going to be good for the club and the kids and we want to give the kids a bit of an introduction into rugby league too,” he said.
“We want to get it out there and promote it and it’s good for our club taking on this. We all agreed to it and we want to have a proper go at it. It would be a good chance for all the football clubs to get involved and keep their fitness up during their off-season.”
O’Loughlin said the students at Holy Trinity had loved participating in the sport.
“We want to raise interest in it and it also gives the kids at Holy Trinity a chance to play competitively,” he said.
“The sport is great, the kids love it and the parents love watching and playing too. It’s fast, safe and there’s very minimal contact. It’s great for agility and fitness.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the social touch football competition can call Rob Gascoyne on 0400 911 908 or get in touch with Matt O’Loughlin at Holy Trinity Lutheran College.