Students fun day at touch gala

CLOSE to 800 students will converge on Yamba Sporting Complex for the Primary Schools Touch Gala Day today.

Organised by the Yamba Touch Association, the mixed event, which is in its 12th year, encourages students across the Lower Clarence to participate.

President Tim Ryan said the main aim of the day was  for schoolchildren to have fun.

"We've got about 76 teams of around 10-12 players each coming along," Ryan said.

"They're split into teams of Years 3/4 and Years 5/6, and are mixed by gender as well."

The gala also incorporates sport studies students from Maclean High School.

"All games are officiated by about 45-50 students from Maclean High School as part of their studies," he said.

"We get calls in the beginning of the year asking if it's going to be on. It's a great day out."

While the competitive streak is well and truly alive in the students, winning isn't everything when it comes to Gala Day.

"We've designed it so the smaller schools can compete with the larger ones," Ryan said.

"We do what we can to try to even out the teams as much as possible, so the overall winner is more likely to be the most consistent team.

"It's all about making sure the kids enjoy themselves and putting on a great day."

Games start at 9.45am.

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