Partnership extends NetFest’s Gold Coast stay

Netball Australia is delighted to announce an extension of its partnership with the Queensland Government, through Tourism Events Queensland, for the hugely popular NetFest to be staged on the Gold Coast through until 2017.

NetFest is Netball Australia’s mass participation event and attracts thousands of competitors and spectators each October to the Gold Coast from across Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016 NetFest will be held from 6-9 October and Netball Australia Deputy CEO Marne Fechner said the new two-year deal is strong vindication from the Queensland Government about the event’s future.

“NetFest has enjoyed phenomenal growth since the inaugural event in 2011 and we’re excited that this still has the capacity to grow even bigger and better,” Fechner said.

F16F5135_4800px_1500px“The 2015 event saw more than 2500 participants in a record number of 275 teams competing in the traditional outdoor competition as well as the popular beach netball.

“Importantly, those visitors injected $3.2 million into the Gold Coast economy.

“But the main attraction of NetFest is the social element and a lot of netball teams use it as their end-of-season trip and enjoy themselves while also getting their competitive netball fix.

“Our ambassadors love the chance to mix with those community netballers. There’s no other event like NetFest.”

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said NetFest provided a fantastic opportunity to attract visitors and showcase the Gold Coast as tourism and major events destination.  

“Since 2011, NetFest has grown to become one of the most popular events on Tourism Events Queensland’s major events calendar,” Minister Jones said.

F16F5244_4800px_1500px“In 2016 and 2017, the Gold Coast will again welcome thousands of players, friends and family from Australia and New Zealand, with four days of competition. Many will also indulge in the many great tourism experiences the Gold Coast has to offer while they are here.

“NetFest will build the Gold Coast’s reputation as a premier sporting destination in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where netball will be one of the major attractions.”

Team registrations will open in early May so keep an eye on the NetFest website for more information.