Touch Football Australia (TFA) in partnership with the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) are proud to announce that the upcoming Trans Tasman between Australia and New Zealand will be conducted in Wollongong, New South Wales. TFA in conjunction with the assistance of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) will conduct the event at North Dalton Park. In what is an exciting opportunity for the parties to work together the NSWTA has also announced the location as the venue for the Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships to run in conjunction with the Trans Tasman. This allows for the sports elite to be showcased in front of the states best youth players. The NSWTA will be looking to extend the opportunity for attendance at this event to various developing States therefore expanding the opportunity for the young players of Australia to view what is the pinnacle of the representative pathway. The Trans Tasman will be conducted from the 24-26 of April 2009 with the NSWTA 14/16 Regional Championships held on 25-26 of April. This ensures the Trans Tasman will be integrated into the NSWTA Regional youth competition to ensure maximum exposure. The format will be agreed upon by TFA and Touch New Zealand in the near future and this is also the recommencement of regular competition between the traditional rivals which was announced earlier this year. This event will be contested in the three Open Divisions in a Three Test Match format. It is currently envisaged that in order to ensure the success of the joint initiative that one game will be played each day in each division. TFA and TNZ will play a return leg in New Zealand in November 2009. TFA and TNZ will be covering off on a Heads of Agreement (HOA) in the near future and NSWTA will be consulted fully on the process to ensure the 14/16 Regional Championships requirements are considered. Further to this TFA and the NSWTA will develop a HOA on the relationship for delivery of the event. This will ensure the mutual needs are met. TFA and the NSWTA will be making joint media releases in the near future to outline the significance of the event. Both parties are pleased to be working on what will be a showcase for the sport. All parties will work through the specific requirements early in 2009. The opportunity to conduct the event in this region is recognition of the fine work conducted both within the affiliated infrastructure and in hosting events. It is the belief of both TFA and the NSWTA that this will showcase one of the benefits of affiliation within the area.