Indigenous communities in Australia introduce sport Touch Football Carnival in Hobart, Tasmania, as the highlight of their annual program.
This sport has impressive and exciting movements on the field.
Touch football, is a game similar to rugby. However, unlike the name, this sport does not involve contact and tackling and played with rugby balls.
This sport is taught to improve the health of First Nation youth in Tasmania.
“Everyone knows the AFL (Australian Football League) is here in Tassie. So this sport takes people out of their comfort zone, but it’s very easy to learn and try for the first time,” said Hollie French, one of the organizers of the Karadi Aboriginal event. Corporation.
Karadi Aboriginal Corporation runs a ‘Deadly Choices’ program in Tasmania, which includes teaching Touch Football with written assignments.
“So that students become more skilled while remaining active, as well as being able to play “Touch Football” fully at the end of the semester,” says French.
Retired Australian Rugby League star Scott Prince is in Tasmania to help deliver the message.
The end goal is that First Nations children can make informed and informed choices about their own well-being.
“There is still a big and long way forward. This is the first step to closing the gap, even more so raising awareness about it and preventing chronic disease,” Prince said.
Grades 7 to 12 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participate.
“This is a fun family event for everyone, involving children, adults. Everything revolves around a comfortable place,” said Xavier Scotney-Baron, a participant in this program.
However, there are also those who question the benefits of playing touch football over playing rugby.
“I think I prefer rugby where there is physical contact,” said Xavier Scotney-Baron.
With or without physical contact, exercise becomes a motivation to encourage positive change for adolescents and students. [my/ka]