Thousands of young volleyball players and their supporters have filled Palmerston North for the annual New Zealand volleyball championships bringing with them economic benefits to the city.
The tournament, one of the bigger schools sports competitions in the country, began on Monday with more than 160 teams from 118 schools all over New Zealand competing this week.
The Arena has been packed with players, coaches, managers and supporters.
Volleyball Manawatū development manager Natalya Taylor said there were 19 courts being used at the Arena and two at Massey University to handle the huge event, which has 168 teams and 2400 players.
Central Economic Development Agency chief executive Jerry Shearman said schools tournaments of this calibre were of huge importance to the region.
“The tournament is high on the list of events bringing economic benefits to the region. It was worth more than $1.8 million back in 2017.
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