THE ballooning popularity of touch football in Orange has forced the City of Orange Touch Association to shift base in 2013-14.
Packing up and moving from previous home Country Club Oval, COTA will administer the thousands of touch footballers that play the sport in Orange this season at Jack Brabham Park.
The COTA will run at least nine fields out at Jack Brabham this season.
That number may increase to 10 at different stages of the year as well.
Five of the fields will be able to be used under lights.
Previously, at Country Club Oval, the COTA has been able to run a maximum of seven fields.
COTA junior administrator and treasurer Tracee Honeyman believes the move has allowed the game’s governing body to bump up participation numbers for the summer, already shaping up as a massive one at Brabham.
“Bloomfield couldn’t accommodate our size anymore,” she said.
“We’re up a lot. Our juniors are probably up 20 teams on last year’s figure.”
In the seniors, 77 mixed teams will play touch football this season.
That’s up from 63 last summer.
Just over 20 women’s teams have nominated and 59 men’s teams will play touch footy this season, both on par with participation levels in 2012-13.
Honeyman said aside from touch football being the “cheapest” sport to play in Orange, it was also one of the most family friendly.
“It’s a family orientated sport, which I think is attractive to a lot of people,” Honeyman said.
“You can have mum, dad and the kids play together in a mixed team if you want.”
Juniors were scheduled to start yesterday afternoon, however the wet weather has postponed that start date.
The junior touch football competition will begin on Wednesday, October 9.
Mixed competitions will begin on Tuesday, October 8, and the opens will start in the same week on Thursday, October 10.
The COTA is currently looking for both a president and secretary.
Anyone with experience who is interesting in filling those voids can contact Honeyman on 0401 693 575.