Oxley kids subject themselves to a touch of sport


OXLEY High School’s Targeted Sports Program has shifted in focus from hockey to touch football.

Originally the program was going to kick-off in 2014 with hockey, before incorporating touch, cricket, and soccer in 2015.

Due to a much higher interest in the touch program, and only room for one sport in the curriculum, the TSP will start with touch this term.

Teacher and representative touch player Laura Barnes will be at the helm.

The program aims to develop talented players already at the school, as well as encouraging new students to the school.

It will be open for students in years 7 to 10, and will count as a subject in the curriculum.

The class will mostly be run on school grounds but will also incorporate trips the Gipps St fields, as well as some pool and gym sessions.

“Last year the school made the final 20 in the CHS State Knockout, this year our aim is to make the top nine,” Barnes said.

The program has already signed up 12 students, 10 girls and two boys, and is looking to fill a full class of 24.

“Ultimately we would like to get some more boys, but everyone is welcome,” Barnes said.

“We are looking for accomplished or already skilled players who are looking to further develop their game.”

NSW Touch will be attending and taking some sessions, and games against other schools or programs are being looked at.

“This targeted program is the first of its kind,” Barnes said.

“No other schools in the area offers anything like it.”

There will be an information night held for parents and students on Tuesday February 11 at 6pm in the teachers staff room.

Everyone is invited, or for more information or to register contact the school or Laura Barnes at laura.barnes11@det.nsw.edu.au

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