NetFest dates announced for 2014

2013 Netfest competition on the Gold CoastNetFest is returning to the Gold Coast this October with organisers planning to make the 2014 event the biggest and best ever.

Taking place from 16-19 October at Australia’s favourite holiday destination, NetFest has quickly become a `must do’ event for all netballers. It is now firmly entrenched as netball’s mass participation event for female and mixed teams of players aged 18 and over.

The popularity of the event has grown significantly since its inception in 2011. Last year, more than 200 teams took part across the beach and outdoor competitions.

NetFest ambassador Liz Ellis has urged those who took part last year to enter their teams to make sure they don’t miss out on the fun again: make sure that 24 May is in your diaries as that’s when `early bird’ entries open.

NET FEST 2013 GOLD COASTEllis, right, is also encouraging anyone who’s heard of NetFest and is considering entering a team to get their friends and family together and do so.

“I’m just so excited to be returning to the Gold Coast for NetFest 2014”, Ellis, the former Australian captain and now ANZ Championship commentator, said.

“NetFest is all about doing what you love – playing netball, meeting new people, catching up with old mates and just having a ball on the Gold Coast.

“It’s always a fun weekend and everyone walks around with smiles on their faces.

“There are lots of social events going on and it’s chance for people to have a bit of an end-of-season trip, do some socialising and meet some other players not only from around Australia but around the world.

“The Gold Coast has something for everyone. When you’re not playing netball there’s always something to do.”

The on-court action will be supported by a program of social events that includes the official opening followed by a celebrity beach netball match on Thursday, 16 October and, of course, the ever popular NetFest Saturday night party.

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NetFest is presented by Netball Australia and proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism & Events Queensland.