FIT Member Forum set to shape the future of global touch

Feb. 19, 2024 @ 0:00 UTC

This week's FIT's Member Forum in Singapore, from February 23 to 25, shines a spotlight on the future of Touch.

The Federation of International Touch (FIT), the international governing body for the sport of Touch, is gearing up to host its highly anticipated Member Forum in Singapore from February 23 to 25.

This marks the event’s return for the first time since November 2019, when representatives from approximately 25 touch-playing nations gathered in Paris just a month before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event promises direct engagement with official representatives from National Touch Organisations (NTOs) worldwide, positioning them as crucial decision-makers shaping the sport’s future.

Representatives from 20 member nations, including notable figures such as the Chair of England Touch Tim Loverage, TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor, and Chair of Touch NZ Stephen Upton, are set to attend.

Peter Topp, Director of FIT, said, “This gathering of the leaders from our game comes just months before our first World Cup since Malaysia in May 2019 and is focused on vital discussions encompassing global development, business strategies, technical advancements, and the promotion of inclusivity and gender equity.”

Key Forum sessions:

  • Developing Touch Globally
  • The Business of Touch
  • Technical & Game Development
  • Touch World Cup Updates (2024, 2028)
  • Youth Development & Youth World Cup
  • Inclusivity and Gender Equity
  • Commercial Partnerships Strategy

 Highlighted topics:

  • Partnership Strategies
  • Business of Touch Competitions
  • Touch World Cup Event Structure
  • International Event Scheduling for 9 Years
  • FIT Rules and Eligibility
  • Global Game Development
  • Youth Development and Continental Delivery
  • Other Sporting Events and Competitions
  • Exploring Gambling, Gender, and Inclusivity

David Crocker, FIBA World Cup Executive Director, and Corey Bell, Sports Marketing International, will deliver special guest presentations.

“This Forum serves as a unique opportunity for nations to strengthen global networks, discuss key challenges, and collaborate on strategies that will impact the future of Touch,” Peter Topp said.