Geelong’s iconic Simonds Stadium will host this year’s AFL Masters National Carnival thanks to a funding boost from the Significant Sporting Events Program.
The week long carnival will take place from 2-7 October. 1,500 players aged 30 and over from across the nation, as well as 300 coaches, will take part in the event.
AFL Masters is the premier event for mature footballers, featuring a men’s and women’s competition. The average age of participants is 47.
Since it was established in 1980, AFL Masters has grown to 119 teams from around Australia.
Big events like these mean serious business for Geelong, according to Minister for Sport, John Eren. “Hosting the AFL Masters is another major sporting coup for Geelong – delivering a fantastic boost for local tourism, jobs and the economy.”
“Bringing the best mature footballers to Kardinia Park will inspire others and reinforce that it’s never too late to lace up the boots and play the sports you love,” said Minister Eren.
With the final upgrade of Kardinia Park now on the horizon, fans from all over the country can look forward to seeing more big-ticket blockbuster events featuring some of the world’s best athletes.
The Victorian Government is working to bring more big sporting events to regional Victoria to create jobs, encourage tourism and the local economy.