TOUCH Football players from 30 countries around the globe are expected to converge on Coffs Harbour in 2015.
It was announced today C.ex Coffs International Stadium is set to host the FIT Touch Football World Cup from April 29 to May 2.
A joint enterprise between Destination NSW and Touch Football Australia, the international event which is held once every four years, is expected to attract more than 3,000 people to the Coffs Coast as about 100 teams battle for a world title.
Coffs Harbour may be seen as a holiday destination by many but Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said the World Cup players won't be treating it as a holiday when they get here.
"Like a lot of sports there's your typical teams that are going to win, Australia and New Zealand have a fierce rivalry but you only get one shot and we've seen in other sports when you get that one shot at an Olympics every four years and you don't get there, it's devastating," Mr Maguire said.
"Our athletes will know what's ahead of them and they'll want to certainly make sure they're successful here."
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, said it was fantatstic to see Coffs Harbour's long and successful relationship with Touch Football Australia bear such fruit.
"This is fantastic news - and a great way to kick off the Stadium's new name," said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, who announced the rebranding of the C.ex Coffs International Stadium this week.
"Coffs Harbour has had a long and very positive association with Touch Football for many years and it's that successful partnership that laid the groundwork for our bid to showcase both of 2015's major Touch tournaments."
The National Touch League has been a familiar event at the Stadium over many years. The venue played host to the tournament earlier this year as part of a two-year deal. It will now be the home of the championship until at least 2015.
One man who was thrilled with the the work Destination NSW did was local state member Andrew Fraser.
"I'm delighted that the Touch Football World Cup will be making a welcome return to NSW in 2015 with Coffs Harbour named the host city," Mr Fraser said.
"NSW last hosted this event in Sydney in 1999.
"The NSW Government works hard to secure major events for regional NSW and the Touch Football World Cup is a fantastic addition to the NSW Events Calendar."
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