Australia’s premier touch football event, the National Touch League, will remain in Coffs Harbour for at least four more years, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
The event has been held in Coffs Harbour since 2013 and is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Mr Fraser said the announcement was great news for local businesses, which have reaped the benefits of extra visitors to the area.
“Coffs Harbour has been a proud host of this event for five years and I am pleased to announce that with the NSW Government’s support, it will remain here until at least 2022,” Mr Fraser said.
“Over the next four years we expect more than 5,000 overnight visitors will travel to Coffs Harbour, injecting approximately $12 million into the local economy.
“As the premier touch football event in the country, players travel from far and wide to participate which means more heads on hotel beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques.
“Events such as this further enhance our reputation as one of Australia’s leading major events destinations, with the city already home to sporting events such as Rally Australia, the Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville and the AFL Masters Carnival.”
Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia Steve Mitchell said:
“The Board and Management of Touch Football Australia are delighted that Coffs Harbour will continue to host our sport’s largest national tournament, the National Touch League.
“Beautiful Coffs Harbour and the C.ex Coffs International Stadium have become a spiritual home for NRL Touch Football.
“We are very excited to see the event evolve in the years ahead with the stadium undergoing a huge redevelopment.
“Thank you to Coffs Harbour City Council and the NSW Government for their wonderful support.”
The National Touch League is held annually in March, with competition wrapping up today in Coffs Harbour. For more information visit www.touchfootball.com.au.