While the touch community enjoyed a well deserved break during the recent long weekend, the Board of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) took the opportunity to host and meet with the Queensland Touch Football (QTF) Board.
We might battle each other on the playing field but the joint meeting was an opportunity for interaction between the two key stakeholders in the sport looking to work together. It offered for a platform to evolve the understanding of how each operate, their governance structure and to discuss critical factors facing the sport in both states.
The meeting allowed for learnings from each state that may assist the other in their priorities and hear each organisations views on current or impending whole of sport issues. Importantly it offered the opportunity to open the door to forge closer relations with each other.
Both States gave a presentation addressing governance structure, organisational structure, delivery models and current issues and priorities. This then lead into positive discussions between both states on participation and affiliation, State of Origin, Touch Football Australia and the NRL partnership.
The NSWTA Board found the day engaging and were thankful for the QTF Boards attendance. It was agreed by both states that these joint meetings would be an ongoing concern as a measure of success from the day.
As Henry Ford once stated “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success”.