first_imgFIRST AFFILIATES JOIN TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA Queensland has created history with two of their affiliates joining Touch Football Australia under the new Unitary Model of Management. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) was the first affiliate in Australia to become part of the new body under the guidance of BMTA President Ken Willett, a member of the committee that drafted the new national constitution. Willet is delighted that BMTA is the first member, believing that in the coming weeks many other affiliates will see the benefits of joining Touch Football Australia as a direct member. “This move is a great step forward for Brisbane Metro and for the sport as a whole,” Willett said. John Fitzgerald from Berserkers Touch in Rockhampton (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) followed BMTA’s announcement by also announcing that their affiliate has signed on as a member of Touch Football Australia. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thompson, believes that the restructure of TFA and the steps these affiliates have taken will benefit them greatly. “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you would like to know more about the management restructure, the benefits for your affiliate or how to join, simply click here: INFORMATION ON AFFILIATION Or contact: Kevin Thompson Australian Touch Association Chief Executive Officer Ph: (02) 6285 2703last_img

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