Port Macquarie locals are being called on to volunteer at the 2018 NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup

TOUCH FOOTY: Jye Wilcox from Port Macquarie competing in the 2017 competition. Photo: Ivan Sajko.

TOUCH FOOTY: Jye Wilcox from Port Macquarie competing in the 2017 competition. Photo: Ivan Sajko.

It is the premier touch football junior representative event for New South Wales, and in its sixth year in Port Macquarie, the 2018 NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup looks set to be the biggest and best event yet.

With more than 17,000 people expected to come to town from February 16-18, event coordinator for NSW Touch, Keith Lee, said it is an exciting time to be involved in junior touch football.

“Our numbers are up on last year, and we have broken the record for number of team nominations with 358 teams from right across NSW entered into the competition,” Mr Lee said.

“Over the weekend we will have girls and boys competing in divisions from under 10 to under 18 with round robin competitions as well as knockout rounds on Friday and Saturday, before the finals to be held on Sunday, February 18.”

Mr Lee said NSW Touch Football are proud of the way the event is structured, ensuring children get a number of games over the weekend.

“The event is very competitive and we pride ourselves on knowing the kids who compete get to play a fair amount of games even if they do not reach the finals.

“The Junior State Cup is the most prestigious event on the touch football calendar and it is a chance for children and adults alike to meet like-minded people who love the sport.”

Games will be played at the Port Macquarie Regional Stadium and at the Tuffins Lane playing fields, and Mr Lee also highlighted the need for volunteers to help at the event.

“This is the last time the NSW Touch Football’s Junior State Cup will be played in this format before being moved to a north and south competition,” he said.

“With the large amounts of people coming to the carnival we are putting the word out to the community as we are in need of volunteers, called event ambassadors, to help us in the running of the weekend.

“People wanting to volunteer to be event ambassadors can be involved at any level of the event, we need people to help with results, keeping teams on track and going to where they need to be, crowd control, and a number of other roles.

“People do not need to volunteer to help for the full three days, we have four hour shifts or people can volunteer for a full day or all weekend.

“It is a chance for people to get up close and personal with a fantastic sport and see the excitement and determination of the kids as they represent their clubs and do their best.”

For more information go to www.nswtouch.com.au.