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One Convention, Countless Opportunities:

With collaborators, the National Sports Convention program will continue to develop to provide a broad program to the industry on how to continue to build and grow participation. The 2018 Convention program includes:

Global Keynote Speakers

Global Learnings to Local Settings
Each morning all the conferences will be involved in the Global Keynote Speakers session, which will host key global policy makers and influencers sharing insights and learnings to broaden our thinking on how to get more people active, playing, recreating and participating in community sport.


National Community Sport Conference

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July
More people playing, recreating and participating in community sport and active recreation provides a compelling range of health, community development, crime reduction, educational and economic benefits for communities, groups and individuals. Bringing together global and Australian peak bodies, leading thinkers, practitioners and case studies to showcase how to identify, plan, activate and target growth in community participation.


National Sports Surfaces Conference

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July
As the population grows and wants to play more often outdoors, the surfaces need to be able to cope with the demand. Bringing together global and Australian leading thinkers, practitioners and case studies to showcase technology, management practices and innovative solutions that can improve playing capacity on fields and playing surfaces, including natural, hybrid and synthetic turf as well as hard surfaces.


 

National Aquatic and Recreation Infrastructure Conference

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July
With the desire for aquatic, recreation and sports center’s to be more flexible to encourage more people to be active this conference will bring together global and Australian leading thinkers, practitioners and case studies to showcase planning, design, architecture, technology, management practices and innovative solutions that will encourage more of the community to be active through play, recreation and sport in community facilities.


 

National Sport Development Conference

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July
Providing opportunities for people to develop to their full potential, whether that be at a sports club, centre of excellence or through to representing Australia or a representative team, the principles of sports development will be explained. Sessions will include athlete development, coaching pathways, facility development, club capacity, building funding and IT support.


 

National Disability Sports Conference

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July
Disability Sport and Recreation (Vic) will be hosting this inaugural Conference to explore how to encourage government and sport to embrace people with a disability. Focussing on how to showcase disability sport management practices and innovative solutions to create more opportunities for people with a disability to engage in Active Recreation and sport.


 

Leisure Industry Communications and Marketing Summit and Awards

Tuesday 17th July
Building on the successful 2017 event in Sydney, this year Melbourne will host the Leisure Industry Communication and Marketing Summit and Awards aiming to equip businesses, organisations and professionals in communicating more effectively with their customers, clients and key members.


Sports Surfaces Industry Tour

Monday 16th July
Visiting some of Melbourne’s most interesting natural, hybrid, synthetic and hard sports surfaces, including a tour of Asia Pacific’s largest synthetic turf manufacturing plant in Dandenong at Polytan.


 

Aquatic and Recreation Industry Tour

Monday 16th July
Visit some of Melbourne’s most iconic, newest and most innovative sport, aquatic and leisure centre’s who have developed innovative approaches to encourage a greater amount of the community to participate in active recreation and community sport.


 

The Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Industry Innovation Awards

Tuesday 17th July 5.15pm-7.00pm
Recognising innovation within the sector our seven awards are decided by a panel of Industry Peers and the winner has the opportunity to win the overall Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award for 2018.


 

Sport and Recreation Expo

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July – Free of Charge
With an anticipated 100 exhibitors with a broad depth of sports, active recreation, sports surfaces, leisure facilities, IT, sports equipment and new to 2018 will be a Sports Hub, hosting peak bodies of sport. In addition, there will be a full program of presentations at the Victoria University Sport and Active Living Theatre from 10am both days.
Don’t miss the evening Networking and Industry awards event!


The National Sports Convention are in discussions currently for other conferences and events to be co-located at the same period. These will be announced as they are confirmed.If any peak bodies and National Sports Organisation’s are interested in co-locating their conference, masterclass or symposiums with NSC, please contact the Program Convener, Martin Sheppard on 03 9421 0133.

 

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