Bendigo to host big events

BENDIGO will build its status as a major sporting capital of regional Victoria when it hosts eight new events next year.

More than 4000 competitors, and many more spectators, are expected to inject millions of dollars into the local economy in the next 12 months.

The City of Greater Bendigo, and its sporting event partners, have attracted an array of major events.

Next month Bendigo will host the national under-12 cricket titles, before 1500 competitors converge for the Victorian little athletics track and field championships in February.

The Victorian boys' soccer titles will be played in March and Bowls Victoria's men's and women's state champions will strut their stuff in April.

A gymnastics state pennant qualifier, tennis Platinum Australian Money Tournament and year 12 football national titles come to town in July, August and September.

The national schools futsal titles will be played across September and October, bringing 1000 competitors to the region.

A Sporting Events Partnership Program, which includes the Bendigo Advertiser, has raised $80,000 to help secure the events.

Tourism Research Australia estimates that, on average, a sports tourist spends $249 per day.

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