Keen touch footballers are being encouraged to register for the annual Bundaberg Cup with nominations now open.
The Bundaberg Cup is a social community touch football event which has been held in Bundaberg since 2016 by Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football.
Supported by Bundaberg Regional Council since its inception, the funding has been approved under a three-year partnership agreement which will see $60,000 in assistance delivered to the Bundaberg Cup from 2022-24.
The competition caters for elite to social players in open divisions and provides development opportunities for junior teams.
Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Haberman said the Bundaberg Cup would be held again in February 2023 and it was a premier sporting event which attracted more than 60 teams to the region.
Cr Habermann said The Bundaberg Cup was promoted as Australia’s richest touch football knockout event, which had doubled in size since its inception.
“Initially 32 teams registered in 2015 and last year there were 64 teams including juniors,” Cr Habermann said.
“The Bundaberg Cup was originally established to assist the social recovery of the region following the tragic flooding events of 2011 and 2013.
“This sporting event has attracted thousands of competitors and their families to the Bundaberg Region over the past six years.”
Cr Habermann said the premiere sporting event was held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields and the original concept was a weekend touch football knockout event featuring social participation.
“It’s fantastic to see the growth of this event that was originally started to support the community and bring sporting teams together,” he said.
“Council is pleased to support an event that is doing so much to support the region.”
Queensland Touch Football Chief Executive Officer Greg Denny said the sporting event provided touch players the opportunity to compete in a fantastic location.
“Bundaberg Cup provides the opportunity for teams from north and south of the region to travel and compete against some amazing local talent from around Central Queensland,” he said.
“We are building a rich history for Bundy Cup and it’s a joy to bring the touch football community together in Bundaberg each year.”
The funding has been approved under a three-year partnership agreement with Council which will see $60,000 in assistance delivered to the Bundaberg Cup from 2022 to 2024.
In-kind assistance, including waste services and additional water allocation, has also been approved.
Bundaberg Cup team registrations close on 18 January, to register a team in click here.
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