Touch Football affiliated competitions across Queensland have additional reasons to celebrate, as major sponsor Harvey Norman commenced delivery of vital competition equipment to 80 affiliated competitions across the state.
The ‘Go Harvey Go’ packs include footballs, kit bags, ball pumps and more and are a welcome support for the more than 110,000 Touch Football players across Queensland that enjoy the game year round.
A large percentage of Queensland’s junior Touch Footballers have this week converged on Hervey Bay to compete in the Queensland Junior State Championships. The annual event has drawn 210 teams and approximately 3,500 participants to the region from throughout Queensland.
Former Queensland Origin representative and Clive Churchill medallist, Scott Prince, who now represents Queensland and Australia in Touch Football, joined Touch Football junior participants and committee members from Hervey Bay Touch Football Association on Thursday to deliver one of 80 packs that have been distributed throughout Queensland to affiliated competitions.
Harvey Norman Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith said the company was delighted to once again be providing playing equipment to hundreds of Touch Football affiliated competitions across Australia.
“This is the second year in a row that Harvey Norman has provided footies, training kits and more to benefit thousands of Touch Football players,” said Slack-Smith.
“Touch Football has one of the largest national sporting footprints and it is important that players, coaches and referees receive the equipment they need to continue to participate, from grassroots right through to the elite level.”
Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor thanked Harvey Norman for their ongoing support of the game and said “having partners like Harvey Norman that are invested in the growth and health of our sport is fantastic. The support that they provide to the grass roots through the Go Harvey Go packs provides vital resources to our participants and assists our members in offering sustainable and affordable competitions in their communities.
“The benefits of this investment can be seen in Hervey Bay this week where more than 210 junior teams from all across the state have descended on the Fraser Coast to take part in the Queensland Junior State Cup.
‘We have a record number of teams competing this year as the event continues to grow year on year. This year we have several affiliates who are competing for the first time; affiliates such as Roma, Brothers and Arana are small affiliates who are establishing themselves in their community. The Go Harvey Go packs being provided to these new affiliates allows them to allocate resources into developing their competition and into providing their participants the opportunities the play in events like the Junior State Cup. Without the support of Harvey Norman these players might not be afforded such an opportunity,” O’Connor added.
Further information on the packs and the Queensland Junior State Cup can be found online at www.qldtouch.com.au
Harvey Norman has been the major partner of Touch Football Australia since 2013.