FOLLOWING on from the success of regional touch football tournaments held in the north, the Chinchilla club is excitedly preparing its own “Fast Four” carnival for mid-October.

The event will be run by representative coaches from Touch Football Australia, including Chinchilla’s Dave Zanetti, and officials will also run a kids’ development clinic on the same weekend.

Cash prizes will be up for grabs for the winning teams – but they’ll need to be extra fit.

“Fast Four” is a four-a-side format and it’s played across the full width of the touch footy field, suggesting players could be covering quite a few kilometres on the day.

Chinchilla Touch Association’s Kara Favelle said players were pumped to simply be returning to the field after this season’s Covid cancellations.

“We thought it would be a good format to do something in a year that’s shut down, to try and get everybody out and running around a bit,” Favelle said.

“It’s a great format because we’re not having to meet all the Covid requirements for 12 weeks like we would to hold a full season.

“It’s just one day where we can have our plan, follow all the requirements.”

The competition is for players aged 12 and over but youngsters will be able to enjoy a two-day development clinic with some of the state’s top coaches.

Last year the Chinchilla Touch Association’s season saw about 80 kids take up the sport, which Favelle said was a sign of the sport’s growing strength in the district.

“It’s going to be a really good social day. Obviously everybody’s been cooped up and hasn’t been able to do anything for the whole year,” Favelle said.

“It’s going to be a good opportunity for people to come out, have a bit of fun.”

The junior development clinic will be held on Friday, October 16. The clinic will finish on the morning of Saturday, October 17, with the Fast Four competition to be held that afternoon.

For more information and to nominate teams visit Chinchilla Touch Association’s Facebook page.

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