In touch with the West
The barren football fields didn’t stop students in south-west Queensland schools from lacing up their boots for a series of touch football clinics.
QTF South West Development Officer Terry McSweeney joined the TRAX Tour last week, visiting primary school students in small and remote schools through a program designed to improve overall health and well-being through physical activity.
First stop on the tour was Eulo, an opal mining town 65km west of Cunnamulla, with a town population of 108 and 16 school students.
The next stop was Cunnamulla State School, where more than 70 students from Grade 5-12 participated in skills sessions and game.
“The skill level was high and part of the reason was every time the ball hit the ground it was covered in burs which imbedded themselves into your hand when you picked it up (very painful), therefore not much dropped ball,” McSweeney said.
“We also had some people come along for a rules and coaching session for the community in the afternoon.”
“As part of the tour, we provide sports administration workshops and in-service training for teachers, coaches, officials and club administrators to ensure ongoing participation is well supported in communities.”
The last stop on the tour was Wyandra, a small town about two hours north of Cunnamulla.
Touch football was one of six sports on offer for the students as part of the tour, which is coordinated by the South West Indigenous Network (SWIN) through the Department of Social Services (Community Development and Participation Programme).