The next generation of Port Macquarie athletes have brushed up on their spinning, sprinting and stepping skills at a junior Oztag clinic.
Sixteen youngsters aged six to 13 put their tagging to the test during the basic drills and fun activities visit hosted by Oztag Australia at the Tuffins Lane ovals on Thursday, July 11.
Local player Eliza Smith, 13 said she enjoyed how competitive Oztag can be.
"I've played league tag and I've played Oztag with my dad as well," said Ms Smith.
"It's different to other sports because of the tagging and lack of tackling.
"I think the best ways to move forward are by spinning and moving your hips, then running straight.
"My dad has been playing for like 20 years so I play with him whenever I can."
The five stop school holiday road show originally started in Ballina on July 9 and will visit Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens and Newcastle.
NSW Oztag general manager Luke Manahan said the Port Macquarie clinic had a good mixture of boys and girls.
"We're holding these holiday clinics as a tour of the east coast," said Mr Manahan.
"We're just trying to get the juniors out and about, exposing them to the game a little bit.
"The aim is to boost the numbers and awareness of the game.
"We have structured it into three different areas of tagging, passing and kicking.
"After that we hold some fun games, team building and finish with a big game of Oztag at the end."
Oztag also helps talented youngsters to progress through into local, state and national teams, according to Mr Manahan.
"It's a social game and has been for many years," he said.
"Kids can form teams after school and play.
"It's non-contact which means anyone can play no matter the age, gender and size."
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