THE Brisbane Roar are set to return to the Fraser Coast later this year.
Queensland’s premier football team will hold a training camp and play in an exhibition game in the region in August.
The exhibition game – which is free to watch for spectators – is again expected to prove popular among local footballers.
More than 3,000 spectators turned up to watch last year’s fixture against a Wide Bay select team.
The visit forms part of a three-year sponsorship agreement between the Roar and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Under the agreement, the Brisbane Roar has established a Skills Training Centre at the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct to help develop talented footballers between Gympie and Mackay.
Roar CEO David Pourre said the professional outfit was pleased to be returning to the Fraser Coast.
“We have a very strong relationship with the Fraser Coast Regional Council and young players through the Skills Training Centre we have set up here.”
Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said attracting state and national teams and fixtures to the region helped Council grow interest in the sport and exposed locals to coaching clinics, mentoring programs and participation in and being able to watch exhibition matches.
“The visit is also an opportunity for sporting clubs to attract members and increase community participation in sport,” Cr Everard said.
Meanwhile, Mayor George Seymour said regulate visits by high profile teams like the Roar helped build the Fraser Coast’s reputation as a premier regional Queensland football hub.
“The games are also a great treat for local football enthusiasts,” the mayor said.
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