The Gold Coast set to become the hub for Australia’s top juniors in both beach and indoor volleyball

3 Events – 10 Days – Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast – We’ll see you there

After its success at the Commonwealth Games, Beach Volleyball is set to reappear on Coolangatta Beach in an exciting new partnership between Volleyball Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast.

In a three-year deal between the three parties, the Gold Coast will host the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships, the newly created Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup and a round of the senior Australian Beach Volleyball Tour in March from 2020.

In 2020, the events will be run back to back on Coolangatta Beach from 14-22 March, with the possibility of adding an international event to the program from 2021.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said returning this event to the Gold Coast for the next three years was a strong legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“Beach Volleyball on Coolangatta Beach was a fan favourite during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, providing a picture perfect backdrop for both competitors and fans.

“Hundreds of athletes, their families and support staff will visit which creates jobs in the local tourism sector.

“In addition to competing in world-class facilities, athletes will also get to enjoy our incredible tourism experiences, from the beautiful hinterland, rich culinary scene to our beautiful beaches.”

The Gold Coast last hosted the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in 2012 and will comprise approximately 300 athletes. Combined, it is anticipated that the three events will entice over 1200 athletes, coaches and supporters to the region and deliver a significant boost to the Gold Coast economy.

Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate said “The beach volleyball was one of the highlights of the Commonwealth Games and to host this event back on Coolangatta beach is a perfect fit.

“We can’t wait to host the emerging talent this time – perhaps future Commonwealth and Olympic champions. This is another sporting event on the Gold Coast calendar – more evidence of the true sports destination we have become.”

Craig Carracher President of Volleyball Australia said "Volleyball Australia enters a new era through this partnership with TEQ and City of Gold Coast. Bringing national beach volleyball back to the location of our Gold and Silver medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, creates a unique opportunity to showcase our sport in such an iconic location.We can’t thank the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast enough for their support and visionary approach to this partnership."

With the relocation of the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup to the Gold Coast commencing in 2019, the three-year commitment to stage the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships and Beach Schools Cup to Coolangatta will establish the Gold Coast as a key location for junior volleyball competition in Australia.