Thousands of competitive kids to come to the Coast for a colourful week of sports action
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
A further 1000 youngsters in 128 teams will compete in the
Primary Schools Netball Cup from September 16-17 at Maroochydore
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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,
For information on the Primary Schools Netball Cup, visit http://qld.netball.com.au/primary-schools-cup/