Big events a boon for us

Shepparton News - - VIEWPOINT -

Shepparton sport­ing fans could be watch­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of Soc­ceroos stars play right here this year.

The latest big an­nounce­ment in a long line of sport­ing coups for the re­gion will have the Young Soc­ceroos play in Shepparton in Novem­ber.

Yes­ter­day it was re­vealed the coun­try’s best young soc­cer play­ers would be com­ing to the Goul­burn Val­ley as part of their quest to qual­ify for next year’s un­der-19 Asian Cup in In­done­sia.

It was the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant soc­cer an­nounce­ment in re­cent weeks, fol­low­ing news that prom­i­nent A-League club Mel­bourne City would play a pre-sea­son friendly in Shepparton next month.

There is no doubt Shepparton sport­ing fans have been spoiled for choice in re­cent years as the re­gion has played host to many high-qual­ity events.

One of the more mem­o­rable was the novel idea to turn part of Victoria Park Lake into a tem­po­rary beach vol­ley­ball court this year for the pur­pose of stag­ing a world tour event.

Not only did it bring some of the cream of the world’s beach vol­ley­ball tal­ent to the re­gion, it also pro­vided an eco­nomic boost and with matches tele­vised, gave the re­gion some great ex­po­sure.

That event is set to re­turn next year, and while the jury

A CON­TIN­UED DRIVE AND AM­BI­TION TO HOST HIGH-PRO­FILE EVENTS IN SHEPPARTON WILL CON­TINUE TO STAND THE RE­GION IN GOOD STEAD ... AT­TRACT­ING MORE VIS­I­TORS TO THE AREA AND STIM­U­LAT­ING THE ECON­OMY CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING.

is out on the future of the au­da­cious re­gional Victoria 2030 Com­mon­wealth Games Shepparton-led bid con­cept launched in April, at least the idea is right.

Shepparton also hosts other big events such as Chal­lenge Shepparton, and sev­eral state ti­tles for var­i­ous sports, and does so very well. A con­tin­ued drive and am­bi­tion to host high­pro­file events in Shepparton will con­tinue to stand the re­gion in good stead.

It is not only wel­come news for local sport­ing lovers, but has ma­jor ben­e­fits for the re­gion more broadly.

At­tract­ing more vis­i­tors to the area and stim­u­lat­ing the econ­omy can only be a good thing.

Ma­jor events be­ing staged here will con­tinue to do won­ders for Shepparton’s pro­file mov­ing for­ward, and suc­cess­ful run­ning of events will serve to strengthen our rep­u­ta­tion in terms of host­ing them again.

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