Who are we?
North Queensland Broomball Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing broomball in Townsville, the capital of tropical North Queensland, Australia.
An Executive Committee consisting of seven club members is elected at a yearly Annual General Meeting to handle the day-to-day operation of the club.
The NQBA officially came into being in 1994, with broomball having been played in Townsville since the late 1980s. It was the third incorporated broomball club in Australia, following on from the Broomball Association of South Australia and the ACT Broomball Association.
The Management Committee
There are seven management positions within the NQBA, as well as a number of supporting positions.
Details of the current Management Committee can be found at the Contact page of the website.
The club is always looking for more volunteers to help out with different things, such as fundraising, publicity, disciplinary proceedings, etc so if you are interested, please contact us today!
What we play
Currently we have three mixed (coed) grades in the local competition. The three mixed divisions have teams which are made up of both male and female players. Naturally, these games are played as 'non checking' (basically, no contact).
The grades are:
+ A Grade (Elite)
+ B Grade (Intermediate)
+ C Grade (Social, beginners & juniors)
+ Sundays: 5:00 - 9:30 pm (B & C Grade)
+ Mondays: 7:00 - 8:40 pm (A Grade) & 8:40 - 9:30 pm (Training)
If you're interested in playing broomball we suggest you come down to a training session to check it out, or if you've got five or more interested friends (remembering it's a mixed competition so you'll need at least two girl), you can start your own C Grade team!
You could represent your state!
Broomball, as a largely social/recreational sport in Australia, gives you the unique opportunity to represent your state. The Australian National Broomball Championships are held annually around the country and anyone interested in representing Queensland is more than welcome. The NQBA is represented by the Queensland Cyclones, the state broomball team - so players outside Townsville (e.g. Cairns, Gold Coast) who wish to play for the team should contact the club via e-mail.
Future of broomball and the NQBA
The sport is continuing to thrive in the tropics, with a progressive group of people moving the game forward. Sponsorship opportunities are being sought as we look to make the sport one of the biggest in Townsville.
In Australia broomball is increasing in popularity, with the National Championships expanding each year. At the moment, broomball is played in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Coffs Harbour (all regular competitions), Perth, Newcastle, and the Gold Coast, with further plans to strengthen current centres and expand to new ones.
Around the globe broomball is an expanding sport, with the world's elite players in Canada and the USA. Other broomball hotspots include Italy, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia, Russia, and Japan. In Canada, their national organisation recently became a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, a genuine step towards turning broomball into a future Winter Olympic sport.
Broomball Australia, the governing body for the sport in Australia, was set up in 2004 and is currently responsible for organising the National Championships as well as representing Australia to the International Federation of Broomball Associations. The NQBA is a foundation member of Broomball Australia. For more information visit the Broomball Australia website.
New players and teams are welcomed anytime during the season, with C Grade designed to accommodate new players and teams mid-season. Any new players or teams are encouraged to get in contact with us before showing up, and we will try our hardest to get you involved as soon as possible.