For many decades, Ballarat has been a leading regional centre for the hosting of sporting events, attracting thousands upon thousands of participants from across the country and the world.

Ballarat has a strong track record in delivering sporting events on a national, state and local scale. From major national sporting events including AFL, cricket, basketball and cycling, to local activities including athletics, squash and rowing, the city can host events of all sizes.

With its state-of-the-art sporting facilities, heritage locales and an abundance of accommodation options, the city provides an idyllic location for those who seek a sporting experience moulded by professionalism, service, pleasure and comfort.

WHY HOST YOUR SPORTS EVENTS IN BALLARAT?

Long defined as the heart of Australia’s goldfields, Ballarat provides a unique sporting experience for all visiting participants and spectators.

While history and heritage remain amongst the city’s strongest drawcards, there is no doubt Ballarat’s ability to host large-scale events year-round, combined with its ever-evolving visitor offerings, are among the reasons why more and more sports clubs and associations are opting to host their events in the city.

HOST YOUR NEXT SPORTS EVENT IN BALLARAT AND YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO:

HOW CAN WE HELP WITH YOUR SPORTS EVENT?

The City of Ballarat Recreation Services Unit takes great pride in combining local knowledge and practical experience to ensure event organisers receive the best advice when planning their event.

The Recreation Services Unit should be the first point of contact for all sports events. The team will provide end-to-end services for all prospective clients – ranging from initial planning meetings, tours, and transport information, through to assistance with venue booking and event execution.

To learn more, please visit the Active Ballarat website.

MAJOR EVENT GRANTS AND SPONSORSHIP FUNDING

Your event may qualify for funding through the City of Ballarat’s Tourism Events Grants Program and/or Strategic Partnership Grants Program. These programs are open to projects, festivals or events that encourage visitation, participation and yield, and contribute to the promotion of Ballarat as a tourism destination of choice.

Grant applications will be considered from not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. To learn more about these grant opportunities and the application criteria, please click here.

MORE INFORMATION

If you require any assistance or would simply like to learn more about how Ballarat can enhance your specific sports event, please contact the Recreation Services Unit at the City of Ballarat.

Stuart Simmons
City of Ballarat
Sports Events Acquisition Officer
M: 0417 284 086
E: stuartsimmons@ballarat.vic.gov.au

The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.