PlaySport – Australia’s largest online sporting platform is pleased to announce it will be the Platinum Sponsor for the 2019 National Sports Convention (NSC) which will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 23rd to 25th July 2019.

The National Sports Convention is Australia and New Zealand’s leading gathering of sport, government, education, health, commercial, leaders, policy makers and providers in the physical activity, recreation and community sports sectors.

“The National Sports Convention is excited to welcome PlaySport to be its 2019 Platinum Sponsor.” says Martin Shepard, Managing Director, Smart Connection Consultancy.

“PlaySport is aligned with the principles of the NSC, exploring how the sport, recreation, fitness, education and government sectors can provide the Australian and New Zealand community with a broad range of opportunities to be fit, to play, recreate and participate in community sport.”

“The NSC brings together all the sector key providers and PlaySport offers the technological vehicle for them to register their activities, events, and participation opportunities through their next generation communication platforms so that the broader community can appreciate the thousands of options available to them. This could be a Game Changer that the industry has been waiting for.”

With 55,000 sporting organisers and over 350 different sports on its platform, PlaySport’s aim is to encourage everyday Australians to get active by allowing people to discover, organise, play and follow any sport or activity anywhere in Australia at any time.

PlaySport CEO and Co-founder, Ben Sanders says “We are pleased to partner with The National Sports Convention and share with the industry the many opportunities to help promote cross sector physical activity, recreation and community sport participation.”

“While Australians are lucky to have so many opportunities to get active, we need to do more to help the broader community know the many diverse sport and physical activity options open to them and highlight the importance and impact this can have on their overall health and wellbeing.”

This sentiment is highlighted in the latest data from Sport Australia’s recent AusPlay survey.

The survey, while indicating a positive increase in the overall number of Australians participating in sport and physical activity, still fell short when meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines, indicating only 19 per cent of children are meeting the recommended one hour of physical activity a day.

AusPlay also revealed Australia’s top 20 sports and physical activities with recreational activities like walking, fitness/gym, swimming, running and cycling topping the list, with football at number six as the most popular organised sport for Australian participants.

Ben Sanders will be participating and offering insight on two panels, looking at the top five activators to bring together events and commercial providers with community sports clubs to facilitate sustainable community clubs and discussing the big future issues and opportunities facing sport and management.

About PlaySport

PlaySport is Australia’s fastest growing online sports platform with 55,000 playmakers and over 350 sports helping everyday Australian’s discover, organise, play and follow any sport or activity anywhere at any time.

About The National Sport Convention 2019

The 2019 National Sports Convention (NSC) has been developed in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand key sport, active recreation, fitness and facility peak bodies. This year’s comprehensive program is being driven by Sport Australia, Sport New Zealand, Australia’s State and Territory Sport and Recreation Departments, VicHealth and over 20 other sports bodies to align with Sport Australia’s SPORT 2030 vision.

With global peak bodies transforming policy and strategy focus to a systems approach and expanding their horizons to holistically embrace health, fitness, and education in a cross-sector collaboration, NSC 2019 will embrace this focus and be structured accordingly.