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Bendigo to host the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships (AJVC) in a three-year deal starting in 2020

The biggest junior volleyball tournament in Australia will have a new home for the next three years with Bendigo selected to host the AJVC from 2020.

“We are proud to welcome the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships to Bendigo in 2020 and we look forward to ensuring it is a really successful event,” said Bendigo City Tourism and Major Events Manager, Terry Karamaloudis.

The last time a major volleyball tournament was staged in Bendigo was the Women’s Grand Prix in 2016.

This year’s AJVC was held in Canberra and the event attracted 75 teams across a range of age groups and Bendigo is planning to have an equally successful event in 2020. Preparation for the event in 2020 is well underway.

“Greater Bendigo is developing a strong reputation as a destination for regional, national and international sporting events,” said Mr Karamaloudis, “This is because of our first-class sporting facilities, great quality accommodation, recreation and restaurants, as well as the support we provide to event organisers.”

The tournament is to be staged next year from Sunday 27 September to Saturday 3 October. It will take place at the Bendigo Stadium, which features a ten-court facility that has undergone a 23-million-dollar upgrade.

Volleyball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Dee, is looking forward to the new location, “It’s exciting to bring our national underage championships to Bendigo and have a thousand talented volleyballers playing under one roof”.

Bendigo’s AJVC thus far is planned to include teams in four age groups; under 14s, under 15s, under 17s, and under 18s, with negotiations taking place between Volleyball Australia and School Sport Australia to include the under 16s in the AJVC.