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The National Sports Convention is Australasia’s leading community sport and recreation convention. This year’s program consists of numerous conferences, each focussing on relevant topics and specific codes to encourage productive discussion and exchanges amongst delegates and speakers. The program is the largest yet for the National Sports Convention and is presented with support and input from key industry partners, collaborators and sponsors.

This industry backing is paramount to being able to present the National Sports Convention and it would not be possible without our generous sponsors.


We are proud to receive valuable support from the following Sponsors in 2018:


Deakin University Melbourne Burwood
National Sports Convention Gold Sponsor

Deakin University is an Australian and global leader in sport education and research. Deakin’s Sport Management program was the first of its type in Australia and has been globally ranked in the top 3*. Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences was ranked the number 1 sport science school in the world in 2017 for the second consecutive year.* The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education program rounds out Deakin’s commitment to sport education across management, science and teaching.

Deakin’s Centre for Sport Research (CSR) strives to be innovative and influential, enhancing the health and performance of people and organisations across the sport participation spectrum.

*Sport Business International 2017

** Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016-2017


National Sports Surfaces
Conference Gold Sponsor

FieldTurf Australia is a leading manufacturer of synthetic grass in Australia since the late 1970s. Specialising in cricket, tennis, multi-sport and landscape surfacing, FieldTurf Australia systems are proudly made in Australia.

When it comes to artificial turf sports fields, FieldTurf is the most trusted brand in the industry. Whether its football, rugby, hockey or any other sport, FieldTurf fields provide athletes with the safety and performance they need to perform at their best, while giving field owners the durability they want to maximize the value of their investment. FieldTurf is a world leader in artificial turf with over 20,000 installations worldwide.


National Sports Surfaces
Conference Gold Sponsor

With strategic locations throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand, Polytan have delivered some of the world’s most exciting and challenging sporting construction projects from regional community facilities, through to hockey fields for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

As the provider of choice for the design, construction, manufacture, installation and maintenance of premium synthetic sports surfaces, Polytan are committed to delivering the most sophisticated running tracks, football fields and hockey pitches to cater for grassroots through to our elite Olympian athletes. Talk to us today about our latest SmarTracks technology, recent case studies and our spectacular factory tours!


La Trobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact
National Community Sport Conference
Gold Sponsor

The Centre for Sport and Social Impact (CSSI) specialises in program evaluation and research within the Australian sport industry:

* Physical activity and sport participation

* Social marketing and awareness campaigns

* Social value and return on investment

* Big data analysis

* Sport development and sport for disadvantaged population groups

* Membership and fan research

* Sport and alcohol/gambling/junk food


National Sport Development Conference
Gold Sponsor

Novofit is a trusted provider of global fitness brands for the commercial, wellness, performance and functional training markets. It offers a complete solution for all clients that brings together innovation, design, quality, performance, technology and most importantly a user experience that will ensure all clients are set on the path to success.

With exciting new products including ecore Athletic flooring and AusFit Torsion bars plus our stable of best-in-class brands such as Nautilus, Schwinn, StarTrac, TRX, Woodway, Jacobs Ladder, Power Plate and more, our portfolio continues to grow and deliver state of the art facilities.


Peddle Thorp Architects
National Aquatic and Recreation Infrastructure Conference
Keynote Sponsor

Peddle Thorp are one of Australia’s most experienced and prolific designers of sports building with 50 plus completed stadium, aquatics and leisure centres. Projects range from major stadiums, including the iconic Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas, to community aquatic and leisure facilities such as the recently completed ‘Splash’ Regional Leisure & Aquatic Centre and Aquanation in Ringwood. Our innovative design, technical expertise and knowledge in the delivery of these facilities is arguably second to none. To see more of our work, please visit us at


National Sports Surfaces Conference Keynote Sponsor

SPORTENG are specialists in the planning, design, and construction supervision of sport Field of Play. We work to promote and support Australasia’s elite and community sport through the delivery of innovative and high-quality Field of Play design advice and services. Our team members have extensive experience with both natural and synthetic surfaces having delivered Fields of Play both nationally and internationally. SPORTENG experience covers a broad range of sports and associated Field of Play for all levels of competition standard, from local and regional level facilities to elite national/international stadia.


Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE)
Coffee Cart Sponsor

DCE are experts in the design and project management of sporting projects and related infrastructure. As a multi-disciplinary civil engineering consultancy, DCE is able to combine the engineering and financial imperatives for sports facilities with the necessary infrastructure expertise.


We would also like to thank:


Victoria University
Victoria University Theatre Sponsor

Victoria University sponsor the Victoria University Theatre allowing the National Sports Convention to provide a broader sport and active recreation program to the active recreation and community sport sector with the free Sport and Recreation Program.


Premier Grass
VIP Drinks Sponsor

Premier Grass, as sponsor of the VIP Drinks networking event, allows the collaborators, sponsors and speakers to network before the Convention begins, starting the conversations that will be broadened with the delegates over the course of the program.


Greenplay Australia
National Sports Surfaces Conference: Natural and Hybrid Surfaces Stream Sponsor

Greenplay Australia is the Australian Agent for Limonta, who is a FIFA Preferred Provider and a World Rugby Provider. They provide community and elite stadium synthetic sports fields globally and across Australia. Greenplay Australia has access to the latest technology in the area of Hybrid Sports Field technology for the community fields that many local sports and government are looking for.


National Sports Surfaces Conference: Synthetic and Hard Surfaces Stream Sponsor

SMG are the globe’s largest providers of sports surfaces cleaning and maintenance machines in the sports sector. With the majority of quality sports cleaning and maintenance companies embracing the German technology, sport and local government can access the machines through a strong agent network in Australia.