In a historic multi-year agreement with Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, the volleyball community across Australia will benefit from a partnership with one of Australia's most iconic and aspirational tourism destinations that will deliver a range of opportunities designed to enhance the AVSC experience.
While the AVSC has enjoyed a long and successful period in Melbourne, the move to the Gold Coast of Queensland offers the opportunity to refresh and enhance the experience of the participants and their supporters on and off the court. In 2019, the event will deliver a range of exciting new facilities, technology enhancements and exciting educational opportunities that are unique to the region.
In a statement to the Australian volleyball community, VA President Craig Carracher has said, “21 years ago, as CEO of Volleyball Australia I oversaw the transition of the AVSC from Canberra to Melbourne with considerable trepidation. This most extraordinary event continued to grow and the capacity potential of Melbourne and the amazing facilities and support we received in Victoria ensured it would double in size to its current record levels.
“The event has now reached capacity in Melbourne and after an extensive period of discussions and negotiations in Victoria and nationally with other State Governments to secure the growth potential for the event and improve the school, student and official experience for all participants, Queensland and specifically the Gold Coast presented the most compelling opportunity.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the decision to host two major volleyball tournaments on the coast was one of the biggest sporting announcements for the past decade.
“The volleyball cup is the largest school-based sporting competition in Australia. It rivals soccer, AFL, netball and others and we have today been awarded this event. What an honour.
“The league finals is also a massive coup for our city as we continue our march towards being recognised as one of the true great sporting cities, not only in Australia but in South East Asia and the Pacific.
“Hundreds of Gold Coast businesses will benefit from this significant announcement.’’
In 2019, the event will commence with a spectacular Opening Ceremony on Saturday 7 December and conclude on Saturday 14 December.
Venues will include the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre, Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and Runaway Bay Indoor Sport Stadium.
Craig Carracher continued, “While this represents a significant change for all our stakeholders, VA has committed resources to assist in the transition. We have executed this event successfully in the past and with the benefit of that experience, we have every confidence 2019 will be an even better experience for our schools and coaches, athletes and officials”.
To assist in making the transition as easy and simple as possible, VA is working closely with its official travel supplier Helloworld Travel to assist the teams and supporters arrange their travel, accommodation and ground transports needs. Through this partnership, teams will be invited to access exclusive AVSC rates through a convenient and customised booking process.
“I am truly excited about the future of the AVSC on the Gold Coast look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast next year”,
The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Your perfect next event is in Queensland where live events combine with the most incredible destinations, and life is beautiful one day, perfect the next.
A new look and refreshed website will be launched 9am Friday 14th December. For more details go to 2019.avsc.org.au