Gold Coast secures Australian Volleyball Schools Cup until 2026
Following the success of yet another edition in December, Volleyball Australia is pleased to announce that the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup will return to the Gold Coast for the next three years.
The extension of partnerships with Tourism and Events Queensland and Experience Gold Coast will see the event stay in the city it has called home since 2019. This is in addition to the Gold Coast Volleyslam Beach Volleyball Festival through to 2025 which incorporates a number of tournaments including the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup.
The announcement comes a month after nearly 500 teams from across the country took part in a record-breaking 2023 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, the single largest volleyball participation event in the country.
Andrew Dee, Volleyball Australia CEO, said the Gold Coast provides the perfect venue to stage an event of its size.
“Every time we come back to the Gold Coast, the event gets bigger and better and all participants have a fantastic time while they’re here,” he said. “We are extremely grateful to the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast for continuing to support our sport, and in particular the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup.
“To hold an event of this magnitude, we need a host city with the capacity to not only accommodate thousands of players and officials, but also have the number of venues able to hold around 2000 matches in the space of a week.
“There’s a very high chance that over the coming years some of the players featuring in this tournament on the Gold Coast could well be playing at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, which makes it all the more fitting to hold this event in Queensland.”
Queensland Tourism and Sport Minister Michael Healy said the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is one of the largest school-based sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere.
“It’s great to keep this major sporting event on the Gold Coast for the next three years, it attracts teams from across Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
“With all eyes on Queensland as a world-class sporting host, the 2024 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is expected to inject $6.4 million into the local economy.
“We encourage those travelling to the Gold Coast to stay and experience our tourism attractions from theme parks to iconic beaches.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is excited for the event to be returning to the city until 2026.
“It’s fantastic to keep this premier school-based competition on the Gold Coast, where it belongs,” said Mayor Tom Tate. “Experience Gold Coast’s vision is to broaden our appeal as a can-do events city.
“This tournament fits the bill perfectly and I welcome spectators, officials, families and competitors for the next three years.”
Around 6000 competitors aged 12 to 18 will compete at the 2024 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup from 9-15 December and venues including Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre and Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
The Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Experience Gold Coast and features on the It’s LIVE! In Queensland events calendar.