Touch Football on Show at Cbus Super Stadium
In 2022, Gold Coast Titans All Schools (GCTAS), the world’s largest touch football tournament will celebrate 40 years. First presented in 1983, the event was created to provide a platform for schools and students to develop and benchmark their skills and abilities, and was contested between 18 schools and a couple of hundred players.
Jump forward four decades, and around 6,200 secondary school students representing hundreds of schools will play in excess of 1,760 games across five action packed days at the world class Gold Coast Performance Centre at Runaway Bay, Queensland, thanks to the support of Major Events Gold Coast.
The number of playing fields will grow from 23 fields in 2021, to 30 this year allowing for a record number of 462 teams, with a further 41 teams on a wait list.
“With Covid restrictions easing for our international players, this year we have received nominations from schools in New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok”. explained GCTAS Tournament Director Peter Bell. “We will also welcome first time visitors from various regions and cities across Australia, including Sydney and Adelaide.”
To officially launch the event, the GCTAS team are joining their naming rights partner, the Gold Coast Titans to play an exhibition touch football match, prior to a Titans V Sea Eagles NRL match, on Sunday 14 August.
The game will be contested between two Gold Coast secondary school open girls teams that compete annually at All Schools – Keebra Park State High School and Palm Beach Curumbin State High School, who will deliver a first class showcase of the sport for the crowd.
The game will be followed by an official Gold Coast Titans All Schools launch activity. Players and their families, sponsors and other invited guests will then stay on to enjoy the Titans – Sea Eagles game.
“Many of the NRL’s most accomplished ball payers learnt and honed their skills on a touch field.” Suggests Peter.
The two schools represented on the day both have a long and highly regarded history of developing quality sports people across many codes including touch football. Footy fans at Cbus Super Stadium on 14 August can expect a fast game with lots of talent and skills on display.”