Australia’s premier netball festival, NetFest, is coming to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
After seven years on the Gold Coast, the mass-participation netball event, which attracts thousands of netball lovers each year, is moving to the Sunshine Coast and will be hosted on the world famous Mooloolaba Beach.
The four-day event, to be run by Netball Australia and Tourism & Events Queensland, will again feature outdoor and beach netball tournaments for teams from across Australia and New Zealand, as well as DJs, food and drink, official parties, celebrity matches and more.
The two specific locations are Maroochydore Multi Sport Complex and The Surf Club Mooloolaba Beach!
In 2018 NetFest will be held from 4-7 October and Netball Australia Executive General Manager, Event Chris Symington, said it was exciting to be able to bring NetFest to an exciting new venue in one of the sport’s biggest growth areas.
“Netball Australia is very excited to be bringing Netfest to the Sunshine Coast,” Symington said.
“The region provides us with an amazing host location and the ability to grow the game of netball through our mass participation event format.”
“With the support of Tourism and Events Queensland and the Sunshine Coast Council, Netfest is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.”
Symington said the event would build on netball’s overwhelming success at the Commonwealth Games.
“Netfest has been a highlight on the calendar for the netball community over a number of years now and we are looking forward to generating even more interest with this new location.”
Minister for Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said securing NetFest on the Sunshine Coast formed part of the legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Queensland has just hosted netball at the biggest event in Australia this decade and the Games have reinforced the state’s position as a premier events destination,” she said.
“Netball is one of the largest participation sports in Australia – this together with the high calibre of Australian and international netball teams which participate in NetFest will attract spectators to the Sunshine Coast.
“Bringing NetFest to the Sunshine Coast is a wonderful addition to the stellar line-up of major events in the region and which feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
“Tourism is a vital industry for the Sunshine Coast, contributing an estimated $2.5 billion to the region’s economy and supporting 25,800 jobs.
“Events like NetFest are key in driving tourism, boosting the local economy, supporting jobs and fostering community pride.”
Team registrations will open Friday 20 April, 2018 at 9am. Visit netfest.com.au to register.