Brisbane will host the World All Schools tournament in October 2020.
Brisbane City Councillor Peter Matic, Chairman for Lifestyle and Community Services and Councillor for Paddington, delivered the announcement today at the Queensland All Schools tournament, alongside Queensland Touch Football CEO Ben Mannion and Tournament Director Peter Bell.
The 2018 event is the biggest on record, with 425 competing from schools across Queensland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
QTF CEO Ben Mannion said the event, now in its 36th year, had been attracting global interest for a number of years, including teams from England, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.
“Queensland All Schools is now the world’s largest touch football tournament, and this has led us to staging the 2020 World All Schools Brisbane event,” he said.
“We see this event as a really important tournament in our calendar, and for the first time this year, Brisbane City Council have provided some sponsorship for this event and we thank them for their support.”
Tournament Director Peter Bell said he expected to field interest from schools right across the world.
“We anticipate this event will attract up to 450 teams, from Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia and Europe,” he said.
“It’s the first time a World All Schools has been held since 2003, and we are really excited about hosting it at Brisbane Metropolitan Touch here at Whites Hill Sports Complex.”
Cr Matic said he was thrilled to welcome the international event to the river city, highlighting the benefit for young people getting involved in sport.
“It will certainly put Brisbane on the map and highlight our great city and everything that it brings. We’re right behind it and so excited about having this event in Brisbane,” he said.
The 2020 World All Schools Brisbane will be held on 6-11 October 2020, open to male and female school students in Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 divisions.
Picture: (l-r) QTF CEO Ben Mannion, Brisbane City Cr Peter Matic, QAS Director Peter Bell, BMTA General Manager Jason Hemson.