Flagler County continues to make itself known as a sports destination by hosting its first collegiate national championship
December, 2014 – Bunnell, Florida – The Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches Tourism Development Council today announced that with an approved budget of $7,500, from the Flagler County Commission and Tourist Development Council, the American Collegiate Rugby Association’s Women’s National Championship Tournament, which took place the weekend of December 5th, brought $805,661 in direct visitor spending and a total economic impact of $1,337,031 to the area.
In the past, women playing in the American Collegiate Rugby Association’s Women’s National Championship have spent their down time stretching cold muscles, bundling up against chilly weather, and fighting off the flu in destinations around the country. But this year Flagler County was proud to host the national championship tournament in sunny Florida, and its athletes were relieved to travel to the peach-hued Flagler beaches instead of having to guard against the freezing weather elsewhere in the country.
The tournament took place at the 10-field Indian Trails Sports Complex. Indian Trails has hosted many camps and sporting events, but this occasion marked the first time that anywhere in Flagler County has played host to a collegiate national championship. The facility was recommended to Executive Director of the American Collegiate Rugby Association Jeff Webb by Becky Burleigh, women’s soccer coach at the University of Florida and friend of Webb’s. The day before the tournament began, Webb was confident in his decision to bring the championship to Flagler County.
“The people in Palm Coast have been unbelievably helpful,” he said to Tony Holt of the Daytona Beach News Journal. “They’ve been phenomenal, more than hospitable.”
By hosting more events, it is hoped that Flagler County can continue to improve its facilities and offerings to the public, thereby continuing to make significant economic impact with its reputation as a sports destination