first_imgTouch Football Australia have confirmed a new three year deal with Steeden as the signatory ball supplier for the sport in a new arrangement that will benefit the game immensely from a marketing and operational perspective.The deal announced by Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson today, encompasses all States of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia who have existing arrangements with an alternate supplier.New South Wales Touch Association already have a long-term partnership with Steeden and the endorsement of the Steeden branded footballs by other States is viewed positively and gives the sport a united niche in the corporate sector.“Steeden were chosen after a competitive tender process and the scope of the new deal involving the majority of Touch Football playing States gives us an accepted official ball for the game that is of the highest quality.The  use of the “Classic Touch” ball will mean extensive and consistent Brand identification for our sport and Steeden. The unitary structure has allowed us to increase the sponsorship benefits for both parties” Mr. Thompson said. Steeden Football Brand Manager Scott Bradford, is excited by the renewal of the company’s partnership with Touch Football Australia.“It is a great step and a strengthening of ties, and with use of the Steeden “Classic Touch” ball as the official ball of the sport in most areas of Australia, it enables us to reach a wider audience. We are excited and delighted to consolidate our partnership with Touch Football Australia.” Mr. Bradford said.Steeden was founded in 1958 by Queenslander Ray Steeden.The company manufactured Football, cricket, and boxing products before becoming a World wide subsidiary in 1995 of Gray-Nicolls Sports.Steeden has been the official football of the Australian Rugby League since 1974, and holds exclusivity deals with the English Super League, the Queensland Rugby League, the New South Wales Rugby League, and the National Rugby League.Through continuous introduction of new innovative products and categories, the brand continues to go from strength to strength with a proven record of excellence in the production of sporting equipment. Steeden is working diligently with prominent Touch Football Australia technical officials on refining the product mix to ensure a harder wearing outer surface on their touch footballs.Steeden’s “Night Vision” ball with florescent orange paneling for improved visibility and a heavyweight skills ball specific to Touch Football, are just two of the initiatives Steeden and Touch Football Australia will be consolidating in the near future.Steeden will continue to supply Touch footballs to affiliated National tournaments and programs such as the National Touch League, The Austouch Program, and the National High Performance Program.Steeden Footballs can be ordered and purchased through the Touch Football Australia National office and supporting State offices around the nation.last_img