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Rockhampton scores junior touch championship event

Rockhampton has scored next year’s Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup, with the event to be proudly supported by Rockhampton Regional Council.

Queensland Touch Football CEO, Greg Denny made the hosting announcement this week.

The Queensland Touch Football (QTF) Junior State Cup is the premier junior affiliate competition in Queensland. The event will be held 6-8 July 2023 and is expected to attract over 230 teams, bringing together more than 3,000 junior touch players from across Queensland to represent their affiliate in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton has also been confirmed to host the flagship event biennially in 2025, 2027, 2029, and 2031.

Rockhampton Mayor, Tony Williams said Council will work closely with QTF to ensure the city comes alive for the anticipated arrival of one of the biggest junior events in the state and will continually invest in the venue over the next 10 years.

“Rockhampton is home to national, international and Olympic standard sporting facilities that nurture beginners through to professional athletes, and we are proud to add the QTF Junior State Cup to our future major events calendar,” Mayor Williams said.

“Major sporting events like these are not only good for our economy, but they also evoke a sense of pride amongst our community.

“It will be great to see our region buzzing with markets and third-party events to complement the competition program and activate our public spaces during the event week.”

Advance Rockhampton’s Executive Manager, Greg Bowden said hosting a sporting event of this size presented a significant boost to Rockhampton’s visitor economy.

“We’re continuing to put Rockhampton on the radar as a destination of choice amongst state and national sporting peak bodies, and are yet again providing a major event that will give an economic boost not only to Rockhampton, but neighbouring councils across Central Queensland as visitors choose to stay longer,” Mr Bowden said.

“This event is a significant boost to our visitor economy, expecting to attract between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees per day, filling our hotel rooms, hospitality venues and tourism businesses.

“Promoting our region to peak bodies such as Queensland Junior Touch aligns with Advance Rockhampton’s economic development strategy, and we will continue to promote our world-class sporting facilities and advocate for events like these over the coming years.”

For more information on the QTF Junior State Cup: https://juniorstatecup.qldtouch.com.au/  

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