To everyone involved in our NSW Touch Football community throughout 2021 – thank you!
It has been a tough year, and the prospect of us getting back to grassroots play and representative touch footy has at times looked dire over the past four months. However, we are now back, back up and running, and I want to say a sincere thank you for bringing the game back in what has been a challenging year.
Whether you’re a volunteer, referee, official, administrator, parent, or participant, all will or are already playing an essential role in getting touch football competitions and programs across NSW up and running again. Our sport across a great community has always had at its core individual and joint contributions. Those contributions have been tested this year, but as a community, we will come through.
Community sport means so much to so many people, and our touch footy communities are no different. Despite the recent challenges, we are ready to rebound with grassroots participation and representative pathways.
Unfortunately, we have seen significant COVID-19 disruption again this year. It has had an impact on our game and our members. For some large chunks of their Season 1 competition was unable to be played. Now, even though we are back, in many instances, competition dates have had to move. But don’t let that deter you from getting back out there and having an entire season of Touch Football- even if in a different format or time frame than usual.
We are hopeful that we have seen through the disruption of 2021. Now we can regroup and use this new season as a launching pad to go onto a bigger and better 2022, a year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
The NSWTA is committed to supporting our volunteers and participants in the return of grassroots footy. Therefore the legacy of the COVID-19 disruption is for us to ensure we provide a welcoming, safe and enjoyable environment at all of our competitions.
To everyone in the Touch Football community, thank you for the role that you play.