SCORE: The Coast has locked in the national touch football titles for the next four years.
SCORE: The Coast has locked in the national touch football titles for the next four years. Patrick Woods

Touch titles here 'til 2020

TOUCH FOOTBALL: The world's best Youth and Masters players will descend on Sunshine Coast Stadium in September next year.

Thousands of players and spectators are expected for the The Harvey Norman National Youth Championship, which will run from September 13-17.

By extension of Touch Football Australia's long-standing partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and connection to the region, the event is locked down till 2020 at Sunshine Coast Stadium, after parties agreed to terms this week.

The overall five-day event program will feature the following: The Harvey Norman National Youth Championships; the Harvey Norman School Series Cup; the Alliance Cup and Masters Trans-Tasman.

Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire, said the outcome was very positive for the sport.

The format next year is particularly exciting, with the four series' held in conjunction with the one event.

"We again thank the highly valued support and contribution of the Sunshine Coast Council for their unstinting support of our major national youth championship over an enduring period,” he said.

"We are seeing tremendous growth in our schools' space and nothing but positive feedback on not only the Youth Championships but also the inaugural Schools Cup and Alliance Cup which also brings a critical Open division dimension to the event mix.”

As with the modular nature of this event, the 2017 Masters Trans-Tasman series will add another exciting International dimension with the two countries going head-to-head across the five Masters divisions. The news comes on the back of September's announcement that the 2017 Opens Trans-Tasman series would also be played on the Coast in May.

"This is terrific to have our great international partners, New Zealand, commit to coming back to the Sunshine Coast and will round-out an incredible year in 2017 of the separate Trans-Tasman series events,” Maguire said.

Sunshine Coast Council Tourism Sport and Major Events portfolio Councillor Jason O'Pray said the four-year partnership would provide plenty of benefits for the Coast.

"Touch football is booming in Australia ... so it's terrific to have this show piece,” he said.


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