Encouraging Youth Participation in Sport and Active Recreation

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How can we Increase Youth Participation in Sport and Active Recreation?

The National Sports Convention is fast approaching – with less than 6 weeks to go! One of the salient topics to be covered at the event, across several different conferences, is encouraging more youth to participate in sport and active recreation.

With Australia having one of the highest levels of childhood obesity in the world, the issue of encouraging children to get active has far reaching ramifications and is an area we need to address in our programs, policies, and strategies.

Presentation highlights from the upcoming National Sports Convention include:

As part of the National Community Sport Conference there will be a focus on life-long participation and the importance of appreciating physical literacy in creating strategies and provision for the broad community at all life stages.

Scott Mackenzie, Play and Physical Activity Consultant at Sport New Zealand, will speak at the Stream 2 Workshop about the Principles of Play – Children, the Next Generation and How to Keep them Active.







As part of the National Aquatic and Recreation Infrastructure Conference there will be discussions around collaboratively activating sport and active recreation spaces to attract young people, as we continue to see the urbanisation of sport. Dave Cove, Chief Executive at Sportspace, Dacorum Sports Trust UK, is just one of the engaging speakers at the Plenary Keynote Session 3.








The National Disability Sports Conference will explore growth initiatives and learnings from working with people with disability and how they are impacting the industry.

In particular, Nicole Rinehart, Professor of Psychology (Clinical) and Tamara May, Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University/AFL Victoria, will present an engaging segment on AllPlay as part of the Plenary Keynote Session 1.
















The Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards – Submissions Open

Don’t forget to consider making a submission for the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards which recognises individuals, not-for-profits, commercial, play, recreation and sport sectors, in how they are being innovative to get more people active.

The Awards cover the following categories, each assessed by a panel of industry experts:

  1. Programs, Activities and Events
  2. Sports Surfaces
  3. Technological Solutions and Products
  4. Playground Design and Development
  5. Young Innovator of the Year
  6. Marketing and Communications Innovations
  7. Facility Design and Development
  8. The Overall Sport, Recreation and Play Industry Award for Innovation

The Awards will be presented on Tuesday 17th July at the National Sports Convention Industry Networking Evening. Trophies and cash prizes are to be provided to all winners.

~ The National Sports Convention Team