Play touch for family fun and fitness

Winners: Redlands Touch Association offers this rewarding team sport for any age. Photo: Supplied

Winners: Redlands Touch Association offers this rewarding team sport for any age. Photo: Supplied

In 1978 a band of passionate volunteers came together and laid the foundations of Redlands Touch Association.

From the handful of senior teams which played that initial season, Redlands Touch has grown into a thriving community, providing a healthy platform to play social touch football across all age groups.

Today, more than 3000 seniors and juniors play touch footy throughout the year at Redlands Touch which is located at the Cleveland Showgrounds on Long Street.

Similar to rugby league but with six on-field players, you can only pass backwards and if you get touched with the ball, you have to put the ball on the ground and step over it.

The youngest players begin in the Mini Muddies program at just five years of age, with the oldest players still taking the field in the over sixties competition.

There truly is something for everyone at Redlands Touch.

When commenting on the large following the sport of touch football enjoys, Redlands Touch operations manager Mark Jansson observed that it was a sport that "ticked all the boxes".

All games are played locally in Cleveland with no requirement for families to travel, adults and kids can participate, fees are very low and it is a great way to keep fit.

In addition to the vibrant grassroots social touch football competition, less well known is that Redlands Touch Association has a proud history of high representation in the game.

Redlands' teams have always performed well on regional and state stages, with Redlands Touch having produced an impressive 48 Australian representative players and 11 international referees.

Development pathways are not only in place for the players that want to excel, significant resources are also channeled into ensuring referees and coaches have the opportunity to develop and refine their craft too.

Season one for both juniors and seniors taps off shortly.

Grab your family and friends and form a team.

  • For more information and to join, contact Redlands Touch on 3286 5841 or visit redlandstouch.com.au
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