Ballina Bull Sharks to provide opportunities for the veterans

TEAM EFFORT: Junior and veteran touch players can be part of same team at Ballina.

TEAM EFFORT: Junior and veteran touch players can be part of same team at Ballina.

BALLINA Touch Football Association's mixed winter social competition will have a new look when it starts next Wednesday.

This year the draw will feature a Veteran and Family team.

The Ballina RSL Sub-branch in collaboration with Veteran Sport Australia are joining forces with the Ballina Bull Sharks to create an opportunity for veterans and their families to participate in the season.

It will promote the social, physical, and mental health benefits associated with the sport of Touch Football.

Veterans of all ages, and their families, from across the region are being encouraged to register their place in the team.

Family members from 14 years of age can register, and thanks to the Ballina RSL Sub-branch, it will be inclusive and free.

The games will take place every Wednesday night from 6pm.

Registrations close Monday and there are limited spaces - with register done via the QR code.

Veteran Sports Australia Engagement Specialist Rachel Kerrigan, a veteran herself hopes many will take up this opportunity to participate in a great social sport with their families and for the chance to form new relationships within the local veteran and wider community.

"Touch Football is such a fun way for veterans and their families to participate in and create a healthy social and active community. I encourage any veteran and members of their families to register to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill and to keep fit and healthy," Ms Kerrigan said.

Veteran Sport Australia connects veterans and their families from around the country with sporting opportunities and supports ongoing involvement.

There are starting to gain a footprint in the Far North Coast region with a strong focus on Ballina.

They have already held events this year which included a family bowls day at Cherry Street Sports Club and the most recent learn to surf day which encouraged veterans to get out on the water.