Touch Football Vinnie-Yard Launched

first_imgInternationally renowned wine writer and critic, Matthew Jukes and ACT Minister for Community Services, Joy Burch helped launch the inaugural ‘Touch Football Vinnie-Yard’ event on Wednesday at Viking Park. The event, which will be held on Saturday, 24 November, will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers and a social Touch Football tournament in a family friendly atmosphere. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard will be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region and the third of its type held nationally, following on from the successful Touch Wine (Adelaide) and Wine Rules (Melbourne) events. Jukes is the brainchild of the concept which started in Adelaide in 2005, with the Touch Wine and Wine Rules events having raised $750,000 for charity through the initiatives. The money raised for the Touch Vinnie-Yard event will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s local services that assist those in need. Jukes was thrilled to be launching the event on Wednesday, saying that Touch Football is the perfect fit for the event. “The Touch Football (element) is vital and it couldn’t be any other sport. It’s so strong over here. I’d learnt about this Touch phenomenon across the whole of the country, it seemed absolutely a natural fit for this. We’ve just had so much fun over the past seven years and fully intend to disseminate multiple events across the country,” Jukes said. Minister Burch says that it ‘was a pleasure’ to help launch the event and sees many benefits of the event being held in Canberra. “As I was driving down here from the Assembly this afternoon, I heard Matthew on 666 (ABC Radio)… I heard Matthew talk about it and it all made absolute perfect sense. It is a very smart event, we promote our region as much as we can and I think the wine industry in our region has matured and developed over time,” Burch said. “It promotes Touch Football and the inclusiveness of Touch Football whether you are (young) or (old). Touch Football allows lots of people to participate and the numbers continue to grow. So having those two (wine industry and Touch Football) come together is a very good thing…and coming together for such a great cause, to help St Vinnies and the fabulous work that they do.”“We are getting a number of teams together over a day in November which means young and old are getting out and getting active and participating in the glorious weather we have in November and all to the benefit of the work that Vinnies do. It is a winning trifecta and very good to see it come to Canberra.”To find out more information on the Touch Football Vinnie-Yard or to register a team, please visit www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com. Related LinksTouch Vinnie-Yardlast_img

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