Country Championships 2020-2022 locations announced

BASKETBALL VICTORIA is proud to announce the upcoming three years of Country Championships locations.

Following the success of the 2019 Country Championships, with 309 teams and 3408 participants, Basketball Victoria is proud to announce the Championships schedule for the next three years.

Taking the championships to newly renovated and redeveloped facilities across Country Victoria, in support of generous contributions from all levels of governance to build these stadia, Basketball Victoria Country will be able to host even bigger events under one roof and create an easier more enjoyable tournament experience for teams and families in attendance.

Bendigo Basketball Association and the Bendigo Stadium has been an exceptional host of Country Championships and will continue as host of the Under-12 Championships in 2020 and 2021 as well as the Under-16/18 Division 1 and 2 Championships from 2020-2022.

“We are thrilled to be hosting Country Championships into the future,” Bendigo General Manager – Sport Ben Harvey said. “These events are extremely prestigious for BVC junior squad representative teams and to host them at the regional Victorian home of elite basketball is incredibly aspirational for these young athletes.
“The championships bring thousands of young athletes and their families to our great city and there is no doubt that the hotels, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions benefit greatly from the influx.
“We look forward mostly to hosting the next generation of elite athletes playing the game they love in a facility that exemplifies the pathway for young stars.”

“Ballarat Basketball’s newly redeveloped Ballarat Sports Events Centre as well as the Mars Minerdome will host the U16/U18 Division 3 and 4 Championships over the next three years while also hosting the Under-14 Country Championships in 2020 and the Under-12 Country Championships in 2022.

“This event will give Ballarat Basketball the opportunity to show the Federal and State Governments and local council that having quality indoor sports facilities allows us to be part of the sports event circuit whilst also meeting local community demand for more courts,” Ballarat Basketball CEO Peter Eddy said.

With the redevelopments of Traralgon Sports Stadium scheduled for completion in 2020, Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association (TABA) will host the Under-14 Country Championships in 2021 and 2022.

“TABA is very pleased to be once again being given the opportunity to host Country Championships in Traralgon,” TABA secretary Jeff White said. “The Gippsland region has for many years looked at the expansions that have occurred at major regional centres such as Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Shepparton.
“It is great that we now have a venue that will be on a par with some of these facilities, as highlighted by the Championships being awarded to Traralgon and the greater Gippsland region.”

Basketball Victoria Country General Manager David Huxtable said these tournaments are a major drawcard for regions throughout country Victoria, both from a sporting as well as an economic perspective.

“We’re excited to bring our Country Championships over the next three years to Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon to showcase these amazing facilities in country Victoria,” Huxtable said. “These three stadiums are cutting-edge and represent the best of Australian basketball infrastructure, rivalling and even surpassing a lot of metropolitan facilities.

“Our elite junior teams, players, coaches and referees will benefit greatly from these fixtured championships heading to amazing courts across the state and experience the best that these regions have to offer away from the tournaments as well.  

“We know the tremendous economic value these tournaments bring into country regions and help build on the great relationship between the community and the basketball association.”

“We’d like to thank these associations, their local councils, Victorian and Federal Governments and other major stakeholders for creating these incredible stadiums to host the Country Championships.”

Basketball Victoria Country has conducted multiple Economic Benefit Assessments (EBAs), produced independently, that demonstrate and approximate the immense value of hosting a Country Championships event.

Each Country Championships event, or various other BVC-operated events like the BVC Jamboree, can bring in an estimated ranging from $1.5 million to $3 million worth of economic value generated per event across a weekend, making these events extremely important to country Victoria on and off the court.
U16/U18 Division 1 and 2
Bendigo, 15-16 February 2020
U16/U18 Division 3 and 4
Ballarat, 14-15 March 2020
Ballarat, 28-30 March 2020
Bendigo, 3-5 April 2020

U16/U18 Division 1 and 2
Bendigo, 20-21 February 2021
U16/U18 Division 3 and 4
Ballarat, 20-21 March 2021
Traralgon, 16-18 April 2021
Bendigo, 9-11 April 2021
U16/U18 Division 1 and 2
Bendigo, 19-20 February 2022
U16/U18 Division 3 and 4
Ballarat, 19-20 March 2022
Traralgon, 9-11 April 2022

Ballarat, 22-24 April 2022

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