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Soccer to hit the beach

SOCCER is heading to the beach with an innovative trial tournament to be held at Kirra Beach this weekend.

The inaugural tournament, which will run from Saturday until Sunday, October 3, is being staged by Connecting Southern Gold Coast in conjunction with Soccer's Gold Coast Champions Cup.

The Kirra tournament will mirror the Champions Cup field format, which will be held at the northern end of the Gold Coast the week before.

It will be the first time such a tournament has been held on any Gold Coast beach and is expected to attract plenty of interest.

The tournament is open to players aged 10 years and older who are registered with a Gold Coast soccer or futsal club.

Players are encouraged to form a team and register by contacting tournament organiser Jeff Kemp on 0438 184 994.

It is hoped that the success of the inaugural trial will lead to the development of a fully fledged tournament at Kirra in 2010.

It is envisaged that a Kirra International Beach Soccer tournament can grow to become a permanent sporting fixture on the Gold Coast calendar bringing economic prospects for the Southern Gold Coast, by showcasing the beaches, lifestyle and culture around the world.

It could be a case of there being more to do on the Coast's beaches than just surf and sunbake.



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