- Friday 08 September 2017
It will be a bumper week of sporting action when thousands of youngsters and their families visit the Sunshine Coast for the National Youth Touch Football Championships and Primary Schools Netball Cup.
Around 1400 of the world’s best youth and masters touch footballers will descend on the Sunshine Coast Stadium for the National Youth Touch Football Championship from September 13-17.
The five-day event includes the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships, the Harvey Norman School Series Cup, the Alliance Cup and Masters Trans-Tasman.
A further 1000 youngsters in 128 teams will compete in the Primary Schools Netball Cup from September 16-17 at Maroochydore Multisport Complex.
Open to all primary schools in Queensland, the Primary Schools Netball Cup is an opportunity for girls and boys to come together and experience competitive netball in a fun and safe environment.
An overall state champion will be crowned at the end of the tournament with Sunshine Coast school Matthew Flinders Anglican College defending its 2016 win.
Tourism Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said both sports were attracting growing numbers of participants and hosting the events showcased the region and its sporting facilities.
“Touch football is booming in Australia with participation numbers and popularity growing rapidly, so it’s terrific to have this national event for the sport staged on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr OPray said.
“Netball is also one of the most popular sports among Australian children with around one in five aged between six and 13 playing.
“The stunning success of our Sunshine Coast Lightning team, has sparked an increased interest in the game locally and I’m sure our local teams are hoping to emulate their win.
"Both events involve thousands of players, family members, supporters and officials coming from all corners of Australia.
“We are expecting to see a huge influx of guests over the coming week, with many expected to stay on for the start of school holidays.
“These events are expected to deliver fantastic economic benefits to the value for our local businesses and also provide great exposure that will generate future tourism interest and opportunities for our region.”
Maroochy River Park assistant manager Kirk Nicholson said events at the nearby Maroochydore Multisports Complex and surrounds provided a boon for his business.
“We are fully booked out for the Netball Cup and are continuing to refer business on to other accommodation providers,” Mr Nicholson said.
“We were also extremely busy with recent events such as the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Ironman 70.3 and we find major events in general are hugely beneficial to our business.
“Our facilities are well suited to family orientated events and we find many teams and participants pass on recommendations about our park which is great exposure for us.”
Perry’s Hire general manager Gillian Carr said her company looked forward to supporting the upcoming National Youth Touch Football Championships.
“The team at Perry’s Sunshine Coast Event Hire are proud to once again be supporting the upcoming Harvey Norman National Youth Touch Football Championships at the Sunshine Coast Stadium,” Ms Carr said.
“Large events require a large amount of infrastructure and as the leading hire provider on the Coast it is fantastic to see local business supported.
“We employ local staff and use local business suppliers and greatly appreciate the fantastic job council does in attracting quality events, such this one, to the Sunshine Coast.”
For information on the National Youth Touch Football Cup, visit http://touchfootball.com.au/
For information on the Primary Schools Netball Cup, visit http://qld.netball.com.au/primary-schools-cup/