BUDDING coaches and referees of touch football have been encouraged to get involved as the sport continues to grow in Echuca-Moama.
The Moama Echuca Touch Football Association has seen an extra 70 players join the fields this year.
And with that comes the need for more coaches and referees to officiate matches.
Association president Andrew Mortimer said coaches play a vital role in the continued success of the game.
‘‘We have had those extra 70 players in the competition this year, and along with that we had a representative from Touch Football Victoria and a new mentor from Shepparton who plays in our competition and who’s helping out with the running of the competition,’’ he said.
Along with successes in the junior half of the sport, the association will look to send a senior side to the Victorian Country Touch Football Championships next month.
The association is three-quarters of the way through the 2017-18 season, and will finish up with a grand final in late March.
But Mortimer is keen to see the sport continue to thrive in Echuca-Moama.
‘‘It’s very exciting to have so many new players, the numbers are very pleasing. The next stage for us as a committee is to get into the junior side of things and keep the juniors comp going.
‘‘We have a junior program running on Mondays already so we’ll hope to keep it going next season,’’ he said.
The tournament will finish at the end of March and kick off again in September.
In the meantime the association will look to work closely with Touch Football Victoria to promote the game with local kids in schools to ensure the game keeps growing.