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What’s bad and mean and now a little bit green? The ACT Raiders of course!

The Touch Football ACT representative teams at the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships have launched their new team name as well as new uniforms for the event at Sunshine Coast Stadium this week.

Formerly the ACT Pirates, the Raiders have a new-look uniform that includes the Canberra Raiders logo as well as a green stripe in the uniform.

The transition comes as the Canberra Raiders/Touch Football ACT relationship continues to grow, just over two years on from the NRL/TFA Strategic Alliance announcement.

It is common to see Touch Football exhibition matches at Raiders home games, while there have been numerous Raiders players making appearances at Touch Football ACT events and functions over the past two years.

Even Victor the Viking is making an appearance at the event, the first mascot to make the trip to the Sunshine Coast!

Touch Football ACT Business Development Manager, Rod Wise said that the organisation is excited about the change.

“It is good timing as we were required to change the branding/logos on our refreshed playing uniforms for national teams,” Wise said.

“We decided on a name change and with the strategic alliance objective of forming close relationships with NRL Clubs we changed our name to the ACT Raiders.

“The new uniforms feature the Raiders secondary logo and a fusion of both entities colours. The new uniforms will be worn for the first time at the NYC.”

Canberra Raiders CEO, Don Furner said it’s great to see the relationship achieving so many outcomes.

“The relationship between the Raiders and Touch Football ACT has been going from strength to strength and we’re now even closer with the naming of the ACT Raiders Touch Football representative teams,” Furner said.

“We look forward to a continued working relationship and growing participation numbers in both Rugby League and Touch Football across the region.”

TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said ‘the assignment of the Raiders brand is significant and further embeds the outstanding collaboration occurring between Touch Football and Rugby League in the nation’s capital’.

“It is outstanding to see that the pathway links to the elite level in both sports now share the same brand,” Maguire said.

“We’ve said for a long time that the relationship with the Raiders has been the benchmark, in every club we are talking to, the Raiders are the shining example of what can be achieved in partnership with a NRL club.

“Everyone has been absolutely fantastic and then if you look at what Ricky and the team have done in terms of being able to support any of the game development activities that are happening around Canberra, it’s just been an amazing outcome for us and certainly one that the organisation has been really appreciative of.”

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