Community rallies together for NAIDOC touch football competition

KEEN: Inspector Paul Kremer, Melody Chime, Vannessa Tompkins and Senior Constable Michelle Willis are excited about the touch football event. Picture: Chris Lane
KEEN: Inspector Paul Kremer, Melody Chime, Vannessa Tompkins and Senior Constable Michelle Willis are excited about the touch football event. Picture: Chris Lane

Have you ever thought about side-stepping a police officer and sprinting away to score a try?

Macarthur residents will have this opportunity when the annual Campbelltown City NAIDOC Touch Football Tournament is held at Minto next Wednesday.

The free event is held to celebrate NAIDOC Week and has been organised by Campbelltown Police Area Command's Aboriginal community liaison officers Vannessa Tompkins and Melody Chime.

Ms Tompkins said the initiative began 10 years ago at the Macquarie Fields Local Area Command to "break down barriers" between police and the Indigenous community.

The competition moved to the Campbelltown Police Area Command when Campbelltown and Macquarie commands amalgamated in February 2017.

"It's a great opportunity for police to network with the community," Ms Tompkins said.

Ms Tompkins said players would include emergency services personnel, defence force, AFL and Transport NSW and community members.

Ms Chime said Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults and children were invited to take part.

"There will be a children's team playing for kids under 12 years of age," she said.

The tournament will start at 9am on Wednesday, July 10 at Minto's Benham Oval.

Registrations will stay open until 8am that day.

Details: Campbelltown Police Station on 4620 1199.