Football Queensland is delighted to confirm the return of the state’s largest junior football carnival with the announcement of WinterFest22.
Delivered in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast, WinterFest22 will be held at Maroochydore FC from Wednesday, 6 July to Sunday, 10 July with over 100 junior boys and girls teams participating.
“Following the success of the inaugural event in 2021, WinterFest22 will once again welcome players and families from across the entire state for the largest football carnival of the year,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Over 5,000 attendees including more than 2,000 players will come together for five days of football fun for the whole family, with MiniRoos and Walking Football sessions running alongside the junior matches and providing an opportunity for everyone to get involved.
“We’re excited to partner with Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast to deliver this event in the region, and look forward to welcoming members of our football community to the beautiful Sunshine Coast this July.
“In addition to enjoying the on-field action, families travelling from both regional and South East Queensland will be able to explore the many visitor attractions as part of their visit to the region for WinterFest22.”
Sunshine Coast Council Economy Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the council was a huge supporter of pathways development for up-and-coming players across many sports, particularly with the region likely to host several sporting events during the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games including football.
“Our region hosts national and state level events like WinterFest to showcase our beautiful region, with a key draw card for event organisers and participants being the many attractions to keep families busy in between competition days.
“Supported by council through the Major Events Sponsorship program, our accommodation and tourism providers are set to welcome the many thousands of football visitors expected over five days of WinterFest,” Cr O’Pray said.