Touch is an exciting and dynamic sport, with simple rules and a fast pace. Six players are on the field for each team at any one time where roll on/roll off substitutes can be used from squads of up to 12 players. Its non-contact, highly active focus means it is often a healthy, injury-free and inclusive sport in which to participate.
The sport has grown in popularity in recent years, both nationally and at Sacred Heart College. The College usually fields two or three squads in both the Junior and Senior grades.
The sport is overseen by Touch New Zealand, with Junior Sacred Heart teams competing in the Auckland Eastern Zone competition with approximately 13 other schools and colleges from the Zone. The top two qualifiers from the Zone compete at the Wider Auckland regional finals. The Seniors compete in the Auckland Premier grade, with the top four teams qualifying for the national finals each season.
Sacred Heart College are currently the Wider Auckland Regional Champions at both the Junior and Senior grades. They are also ranked 5th in the country based on their placing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools national tournament 2017.
The philosophy of Touch at Sacred Heart is to encourage both participation and development, coupled with the aim of having at least one high-performance, competitive squad, capable of competing at regional and national events.
Mr Chris Edey, Teacher-in-Charge