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Sharks young gun Valentine Holmes and returning local junior Chad Townsend were on hand today to help launch a new club initiative in taking NRL pathways to another level as the Sharks announced they will put in place quality structures for the non-contact version of the game.

Homes and Townsend interacted with Touch Football players from under-10 to open-age seniors in assisting with the rollout of a program which will culminate in a Cronulla Sharks Touch Academy to commence in April.

As a part of a Sharks Elite Touch Football pathway, male and female players will participate in the senior Touch Football State Cup in Port Macquarie this coming weekend under the Cronulla Sharks banner, while youth teams in under 10’s, 12’s, 14’s and 16’s will also represent the Sutherland Shire, Taren Point Touch Football and the Sharks in their respective age group state titles next February.

“It is an exciting new agreement between the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point Touch Association, one which will see the implementation of an Elite Touch Academy and Cronulla Sharks elite touch football teams, both male and female, who will compete at a State level,” said Tim Thorne, GM of Engagement and Pathways at the Sharks.

“We are confident this partnership will open up an exciting new pathway for both male and female touch players.

“The Sharks thank Taren Point Touch Association and the NSW Touch Association for their fantastic support in helping us to get this program up and running,” Thorne added.  

Holmes and Townsend were joined at the program launch event at Shark Park today by junior and senior Touch players.

More information is available as to joining a team and being a part of the non-contact version of the game from or the Taren Point Touch Association website or Facebook page. 

See videos on Sharks TV with interviews from Chad Townsend and Darren McConnell, from the Sharks Senior Touch team and also a member of the Sharks Board of Directors 

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