Junior Rugby League Festival

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Whakatane’s inaugural Junior Rugby League Festival begins on Friday.

The Festival is the creation of Tyrone Campbell of Global Games, an event organising company with  extensive experience in holding international sports fixtures and which is now based in Matatā.

The Festival will see 40 teams of 10­12 year old league players attend the competition and be hosted  on marae throughout the District.

More than 3000 people are expected to be in the Whakatāne area as supporters or players over the  Festival weekend, so hospitality and retail providers can expect to see many of these visitors out and  about seeking places to eat and things to do. As a junior league festival we can also expect a few cuts  and scrapes so pharmacies may want to consider extending their trading hours.

The public are invited to show their support at the opening ceremony on Friday at Mataatua Reserve  at 2pm, and also at the games themselves, which will be held at Rugby Park and Rex Morpeth Park on  Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:30am.

This will be a regular annual event supported by Whakatāne District Council, and we are hoping  Whakatāne will give our visitors a warm welcome that will make them sure to return. Events such as  this have a sizeable and very positive impact on our economy and this event in particular can also  have a very positive impact on our young people.


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