WITH more than 4,000 people descending upon C.ex Coffs International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park from this afternoon, it's fair to say the area will be a sporting hub for the rest of the weekend.

The first matches of the Australian Oztag Senior National Championships start at 2.15pm today with 430 matches fixtured to be played over the next three days culminating in Sunday's finals.

Today will see 3,000 players playing across 15 divisions catering for both men and women aged from 15 to more than 50 turn the Stadium and neighbouring Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park into a hive of activity.

The Senior National Championships have been played in Coffs Harbour every year since 2007 with an agreement announced earlier this year that it will be here until at least 2017.

Each year the numbers coming to the area have been increasing.

Twelve months ago the number of teams participating was 114. This weekend that number will explode to about 150.

Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Denise Knight said the Coffs Coast will always welcome the Oztag community to the region.

"Our relationship with OZTAG has gone from strength to strength - earlier this year we announced that Coffs Harbour will host the National Junior Championships until next year," Cr Knight said.

February will also see the Junior State Cup head to the Stadium and surrounding sports fields.



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