Touch Football Excellence



The Touch Football Sport Excellence Program launched in 2007 with an enthusiastic, talented and somewhat nervous group of twelve Year eight girls. Since its inception, the program has grown and now, each year, approximately twenty-five Year 7-9 girls and twenty-five Year 10-12 girls play and train together as one of the school subjects. The touch football program has been built on the foundation of supporting young girls to become better athletes, better team mates, better touch players and most importantly, better people. 

PBC Open Girls Team 2020

PBC U13 Girls Team & Coach Belinda McCormack

Each week students undertake three touch football lessons. During these lessons they work on their strength in the state of the art gym, their skills on the oval and their knowledge in the classroom. They work on quickness with speed coaching professionals, they are provided with access to physiotherapy to help with recovery and injury prevention and they are exposed to discussion forums and digital workshops on diet, hormones and self-esteem. They are also involved in a number of competitions each year including; interschool cluster days, the Gold Coast Championships, the South Queensland Championships and the All Schools State Championships.        

2020 Reds Awards Winner: Isabella Lee

​2020 QLD Touch Football Development Squad: Evie Clarkson

Over its 14 year history, the Touch Football Excellence Program has recorded some outstanding success. They have been named State Champions at the QLD All Schools Competition three times and have been runner-up twice. This is an extremely impressive achievement when you consider that the All Schools tournament is the largest touch football competition, based on number of competitors and teams, in the world. This tournament is the culmination of the playing season and occurs in Week 1 of Term 4 each year at Whites Hill Reserve in Camp Hill, Brisbane.        

PBC Open Girls Captain: Malia Morgan

​U18 SQBD Sharks Qld Champion Player: Emily Phillips

The program has also helped foster some incredible individual success with many of our athletes making high level representative teams. Despite COVID shutting down many competitions in 2020, program members, Malia Morgan and Emily Phillips played in the Under 18 South QLD Border Districts side that won the state championships. 

In 2019, graduate, Abby King, was named in the Australian Under 20 Women’s Team. She is a dynamic, skilful touch football player and an outstanding role model for future PBC program members. A number of our past program athletes have also played in the Womens NRL competition, including; Tazmin Gray, Teagan Laing, Jess Elliston, Amber Pilley and Tarryn Aiken.              

PBC Touch Ex Graduate: Abby King

PBC Touch Ex Graduate: Teagan Laing

PBC Touch Ex Graduate: Jess Elliston

Creating a program that has endured and which continues to grow from strength to strength, would not have been possible without the hardworking Touch Football Sport Excellence coaches.

Open Girls with Coach Geoff Eggert

Open Girls with Coach Ty Russell

Coach Ty Russell created the Touch Football Sport Excellence program in 2007. He is a Level 2 Touch Football Coach and has a lot of experience playing and coaching at the highest level. Ty was the coach of all three of the QLD champion PBC All Schools teams and is an extremely proud RED. He has coached numerous, Oceanic and Palm Beach representative teams and has also been hired to run coaching clinics in the United States as part of their developing touch football program. As a player, Ty has played in the QLD Over 30 and Over 35 teams in 2016 and 2018 and has been selected again in the QLD squad for 2021. He has also played in the Over 30 USA team in the past two World Cups where he was fortunate enough to captain his country. 


 Captain USA O30 Men World Cup Team: Ty Russell

Ty is an extremely dedicated, passionate and detail orientated player and coach. He believes wholeheartedly that hard work pays off and that team sport builds stronger, tougher and better people. He is positive, enthusiastic and despite being extremely competitive, believes that winning should never come at the expense of team work, unselfishness and camaraderie. 

Last reviewed 01 December 2020
Last updated 01 December 2020